Archive for the ‘Arizona’ Category

I Saw A Hummingbird As Big As The Sky   1 comment

Anna's Hummingbird-72Anna’s Hummingbird — Image by kenne

I saw a Peacock, with a fiery tail,
I saw a Blazing Comet, drop down hail,
I saw a Cloud, with Ivy circled round,
I saw a sturdy Oak, creep on the ground,
I saw a Ant swallow up a Whale,
I saw a raging Sea, brim full of Ale,
I saw a Venice Glass, Sixteen foot deep,
I saw a well, full of mens tears that weep,
I saw their eyes, all in a flame of fire,
I saw a House, as big as the Moon and higher,
I saw the Sun, even in the midst of night,
I saw the man, that saw this wondrous sight.

— Anonymous (400 Year-Old Nonsense Poem) 

Rufous Hummingbird   2 comments

Rufous Hummingbird-72Rufous Hummingbird — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Oh little bird, little bird

Come fly by my head

So I can hear your wings

Churn the air around me.

— kenne

 

Saguaro Cactus Are Being Destroyed By The Bighorn Fire   3 comments

Ventana Canyon - Clouds-Edit-1-art-72Lower Ventana Canyon (02/20/15) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Bighorn Fire has been burning for days in Ventana Canyon.
I love hiking in this beautiful narrow canyon. The lower part of
this canyon contains a lot of desert plants, such as the saguaro cactus.
This Sonoran Desert signature cactus is not adaptive to fire.
Thousands have already been destroyed by the Bighorn Fire.
It may take hundreds of years to return, if at all. Sad, very sad.

— kenne

Ventana Canyon (1 of 1)_Art-72Ventana Canyon (Note Invasive Grass in the Foreground) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Western Kingbird   1 comment

Western Kingbird-72Western Kingbird — Image by kenne

 

Miss Being On The Mountain   6 comments

Wild Rasberry-72Wild Rasberry On Mt. Lemmon (07/18/14) — Image by kenne

Those who love spending our summers hiking on Mt. Lemmon are saddened by the continued burning
of the Bighorn Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

As I write this post, the Pima County Sheriff has told residents and businesses
to evacuate the Mt. Lemmon, Summerheaven, and Mt. Bigalow areas.
The Catalina Hwy has been close to non-residents and businesses for several days now. 

— kenne

 

Whispering Clouds   1 comment

Whispers of Color-08-01-11-72Whispering Clouds — Image by kenne

Whispering clouds in

parallel

across the mountains,

listen and

you will hear

night approaching

pulling down

nature’s shade

over the shy

as the mountains

begin to glow

in a dark blue

against

the evening sky.

— kenne

Potted Cactus   Leave a comment

Jeri & Virginia VisitPotted Cactus — Photo-Artistry by kenne

 

Arizona Dock   Leave a comment

Bitter dock (1 of 2)-72Arizona Dock (rumex hymenosepalus) — Image by kenne

The reddish-pink inflorescence of rumex, Arizona Dock, also called Wild Rhubarb, consists of elongated clusters of many dozen small flowers, each formed of small sepals about half an inch long. 

Wild rhubarb was once cultivated in the southwestern United States for the roots, a good source of tannin, used for tanning leather. The roots also yield a warm, medium brown dye for natural fibers like wool and cotton. But when it comes to savoring – the leaves and leaf stalks are considered edible when young. Use leaves and tender young stems in salads or cook like spinach. Older shoots can be cooked and eaten like rhubarb, e.g., rhubarb pie. 

— kenne

Waiting For Summer Desert Rains   1 comment

Waiting for the Monsoon-art-72Waiting For Summer Desert Rains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The clouds are stacking up high
In that clear blue afternoon sky
Turning the scorching sun to mere silver lining
Raising a cool hope in all desert being
Is that the long-awaited monsoon coming?
Who would know?
The wind blows westward steadfast
Giving the convoy of clouds a warm piggyback
But who knows when…?
The clouds will turn into precious monsoon rain
Or just evaporate spontaneously once again!

Oh monsoon rain
You kept us all in clear suspense
Desert being are dreaming of you for so long
Are you, or are you not visiting us soon?

The clouds have covered the June evening sky
Colored light brown like bowl of boiled rice
Signaling monsoon rain may be on its way
Sooner we can hope for something real nice!

— Tushar Ray

Old Western Morning   1 comment

Giffords OfficeOld Western Morning (Sonoran Desert) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

We have taken from the defeated

What they had to leave us — a symbol:

A symbol perfected in death.

And all shall be well and

All manner of thing shall be well

By the purification of the motive

I the ground of our beseeching.

from Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot

Sycamore Reservoir   Leave a comment

Sycamore Reservoir B&WSycamore Reservoir Under Construction (1939) — Source Unknown
(Note: Thimble Peak In The Distance Through The Pass)

Sycamore Reservoir was originally constructed to supply water to the Catalina Federal Honor Camp, or Tucson Federal Prison Camp, located in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The camp held men subject to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. It had no security fence, boundaries were marked with stones painted white. 45 of the 46 prisoners were draft resisters and objectors of conscience transferred from camps in Colorado, Arizona and Utah, although Gordon Hirabayashi, who had challenged the exclusion of Japanese Americans from the West Coast, was also held here.

This small lake has been made even smaller by flash floods which have washed huge amounts of rock and sand into the lake. Still, the reservoir and surrounding area remain a pleasant destination for a day or overnight trip.

Sycamore Reservoir Hike-8106-72The trail to where the dam is located. (October 2012)

Prison Camp to Sycamore DamSycamore Dam (October 2012)

Prison Camp to Sycamore DamAbove Sycamore Dam (October 2012) — Images by kenne

Mountains To The East — Peace On Earth   Leave a comment

Mountains to the East-art-72Mountains To The East — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Peace On Earth

The Archer is wake!
The Swan is flying!
Gold against blue
An Arrow is lying.
There is hunting in heaven—
Sleep safe till tomorrow.

The Bears are abroad!
The Eagle is screaming!
Gold against blue
Their eyes are gleaming!
Sleep!
Sleep safe till tomorrow.

The Sisters lie
With their arms intertwining;
Gold against blue
Their hair is shining!
The Serpent writhes!
Orion is listening!
Gold against blue
His sword is glistening!
Sleep!
There is hunting in heaven—
Sleep safe till tomorrow.

— William Carlos Williams

 

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