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Cathedral Rock Viewed from Blackett’s Ridge   1 comment

Blackett's Ridge-9876-Cathedral Rock-72Cathedral Rock Viewed from Blackett’s Ridge — Panorama by kenne

soft the sky

fills

and softly

spills

soft the drop

drips

gently down

and soft my foot

falls

soft the ground

and down the ground

fills

gently down

— Hugh Prather

Sunset January 22, 2019   Leave a comment

Sunset January 22, 2019-72-2Sunset January 22, 2019 — Image by kenne

We can speak without voice to the trees and
the clouds and the waves of the sea.
Without words, they respond through the rustling of leaves and
the moving of clouds and the murmuring of the sea.

— Paul Tillich

Creosote Bush Seed Pods — Photo-Artistry   Leave a comment

plantseeds-2-72Creosote Bush Seed Pods — Photo-Artistry by kenne

In morning sunlight
The creosote bush lights up
Small glowing fuzz balls.

— kenne

Signs of Spring In Sabino Canyon   5 comments

globe mellow-72Globe Mellow Wildflower — Image by kenne

With rain predicted later this week
it’s fair to say spring has arrived
in Sabino Canyon.

— kenne

A Flycatcher That Prefers Mistletoe Berries   Leave a comment

Female Phainopepla-1333 blogFemale Phainopepla — Photo-Artistry by kenne

There She Was

There she was,
Gazing at me
Wondering why
I look so funny.

There she was,
On her perch
An ocotillo branch
Sharing the gray.

There she was
A little red
In her eye
Continuing to gaze.

There she was
As I wonder why
The ocotillo
Not mesquite.

There she was
Flycatcher by name
Preferring the berries
Of desert mistletoe.

There she was
Not gazing at me
Turning her eye
To mistletoe berries.

There she was
In the desert winter
No insects
For this flycatcher.

There she was
Where there are
Berries abundant
For a misnamed bird.

There she was
Until the days
Grew hot
In the desert sun.

Now she’s gone
To the mountains
In search of a
New berry source.

— kenne

Class Of 2028 Goes On Nature Walk   2 comments

debbie leading nature walk-72-2Naturalist Debbie Bird Leads 3rd Graders On Nature Walk — Image by kenne

For January, I’m the Thursday Day Coordinator for the SCVN Elementary School Nature Program, which means I’m the one responsible for coordinating with the teacher the class field trip to Sabino Canyon. Once the class arrives, I make sure everything runs smoothly, and the students have a great nature experience. It’s a classic “managing by walking around” experience. During that time I also take pictures — https://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/albums/72157702835523912

One of the nature walks was being led by naturalist Debbie Bird when I noticed she had picked up a couple of hitch-hikers from the north. I can see why they were following Debbie’s group because she is very informative.

As we moved about, I asked the couple, “Now tell me the truth, are following this group of third graders because you want to learn something about nature or is it that you want to be part of the Class of 2028?”

— kenne

Verdin In Sabino Canyon Riparian Area   Leave a comment

Verdin in Sabino Canyon-Edit-1-art-72.jpgVerdin In Sabino Canyon Riparian Area — Photo-Artistry by kenne

His call is clear
a chip followed
by another chip
then another
moving as in a
constant motion —
chip, chip.

— kenne

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