Archive for the ‘Arizona’ Category

Coming In For A Landing   Leave a comment

Two Sandhill Cranes Coming In For A Landing At Whitewater Draw — Image by kenne

here for the winter

spend time before heading north

to begin again

— kenne

Tucson Time   Leave a comment

A Tucson Sunset — B&W by kenne

The power of stories

and sunsets become

daily escape hatches

from the tragic realities 

of human existence.

— kenne

Black Mountains Geological Contrasts   Leave a comment

Black Mountains, Arizona Geological Contrasts — Image by kenne

 
I was standing on the highest mountain of them all,
and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world.
And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and
I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a
sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit,
and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.
And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops
that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight,
and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter
all children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy.
 
— Black Elk

Abandoned Cars   Leave a comment

Abandoned Cars In The Black Mountains Near Oatman, Arizona (12/27/2012) — Image by kenne
 

“The difference between a good mechanic and a bad one, like the difference between a good mathematician and a bad one,
is precisely this ability to select the good facts from the bad ones on the basis of quality.

 
― from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
 

Hiking to Manning Camp   Leave a comment

Moonrise Over The Black Mountains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

 

We reached Mica Mountain as the sun was setting and set up camp two hours out from Manning Camp; our expected goal where we would get water and spend the evening. However, we did not have enough water to spend two nights in the mountains, so we decided we would turn back in the morning. Before setting up camp we watched the sunset and the moonrise.

Cold out! Feels like winter as we crawl into our sleeping bags. It must be the altitude. The full moon provided light, no warmth. The night was long. The tarp above us was attached at only three corners since Tom wanted one loose to flop in the wind, making noise that would keep the bears away.

After a long night of wind-driven noise and cold temperatures, we broke camp early to arrive back at the trailhead before the expected temperatures in the mid-nineties. As we reached a lower elevation, we could contact Tom’s wife, Pat, to give her our expected arrival time at the trailhead. Once we got our stuff in the car, all we could think of was going to Risky Business for a cold beer and French fries with mayo.

— kenne

Mt. Lemmon Fall Color   2 comments

Mt. Lemmon Fall Colors — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Drive thirty-five miles

To mixed conifer forest

Above the desert.

— kenne

Signpost On The Hill   Leave a comment

Doubtful Canyon Signpost — Panorama by kenne

A lonely sign
on the hill
has no
directions
if it did
we would
be doubtful.

— kenne

Three Stages Of Hummingbird Feeding   2 comments

Hummingbird Feeder Art by kenne

I’ve been watching the pattern hummingbirds seen to follow coming to the feeder on our patio, especially
when I’m on the patio. I divided it into three stages, and I created a short video of those stages.

Village Of Elgin Wine Tasting Room   Leave a comment

Village of Elgin, Arizona, Wine Tasting Room (June 23, 2018) — Image by kenne

One day in June
we tosted raising
a glass with new 
friends on the road
I quoted the poet
sounding effete:
“Oh, it was a brave
man who drink one.”
Feeling brave, we
proceeded to drink.

— kenne

Two-tailed Swallowtail Vector   Leave a comment

Two-tailed Swallowtail On Thistle On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne 

Magnitude in space

Whose directed line segment

Is a space vector.

— kenne

 

After All Is Exhausted, Nature Remains   Leave a comment

Sunset — Image by kenne

After you have exhausted what there is
in business, politics, conviviality, and so on –
have found that none of these finally satisfy,
or permanently wear – what remains?
Nature remains.”

— Walt Whitman

Wild Burro Canyon In The Tortolita Mountains   1 comment

Wild Burro Canyon In The Tortolita Mountains (March 12, 2012) — Panorama Created By Merging Three Photos By kenne

These mountains were home to the Hohokam (550 to 1540 A.D.) as evidenced by the amazing petroglyphs carved into rocks throughout the range. We also know that Spanish explorers sought mineral riches for their crown in the 1540s, and there was a short-lived mining boom in the 1860s.
 

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I will see you at the rock,

the rock at the pass —

not till you are lost,

then you will find me

by the river 

sitting on the rock.

You starting point will be

the mystery of my loneliness.

— kenne

Arizona State Butterfly   1 comment

Two-tailed Swallowtail, Arizona’s State Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

On the wings of time

Butterflies color the skies

As the seasons pass.

— kenne

Sleepy Orange & Dainty Sulphur Butterflies   Leave a comment

Sleepy Orange & Dainty Sulphur Butterflies On Narrow-leaf Aster Wildflowers (Santa Catalina Mountains) — Image by kenne

“And anyway, what is the difference between self-knowledge and self-obsession?
One encourages a defeat of the ego, the other encourages a feeding of the ego.
One a deeper experience of connection to ourselves, which enables a more 
nourishing connection to others. The other, disdain for the deeper needs of the self,
which leads to disdain of others.”

— from On Connection by Kae Tempest

Curve-billed Thrasher at Patio Bird Feeder   Leave a comment

Curve-billed Thrasher at Patio Bird Feeder — Image by kenne

As I sit on our patio
watching birds land
in near-by mesquites

before flying to the
olive tree on the patio,
then gathering the nerve

to bolt to the bird feeders.
They are not pleased
that I sit on the patio

with a camera in hand.
Soon, the desire to eat
takes priority over fear.

— kenne

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