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We Will Return In June   3 comments

Little Colorado River (June 2021) — HDR Image by kenne

Last June, some of us got out of Tucson’s heat and spent a few days in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. 

My good friend, Tom Markey, and his wife Pat were with us. We spent time walking and fishing in the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. 

Late in 2021, Tom was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Last week he received his first chemo session, to which
he had an adverse reaction, but doing better now. The tumor in his arm has already reduced in size.
So we are already talking about going back up to the mountain stream pictured above — We will return!

— kenne

 

Tom Markey Fly Fishing on the Little Colorado River — HDR Image by kenne

Yes, The Sun   Leave a comment

Sedona Sunrise — Image by kenne

Words at Daybreak

Before beginning in earnest,
without meanings to identify them,
they emerge like figures behind a gray curtain.
The dark flock on the foggy horizon
defers arrival. Engaged in some play
of its own making, it circles and drifts.
Still, fricative, almost particulate songs
filter down, silting along the gray shore.
They summon the ear to something, to something.

— Tess Taylor

Wild Sunflower   Leave a comment

Wild Sunflower — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Soul of the Sunflower

The warm sun kissed the earth
To consecrate thy birth,
And from his close embrace
Thy radiant face
Sprang into sight,
A blossoming delight.

Through the long summer days
Thy lover’s burning rays
Shone hot upon thy heart.
Thy life was part
Of his desire,
Thou passion-flower of fire!

And, turning toward his love,
Lifting thy head above
The earth that nurtured thee,
Thy majesty
And stately mien
Proclaims thee sun-crowned queen.

On earth, thy gorgeous bloom
Bears record of thy tomb,
And to transcendent light
Thy soul takes flight
Till thou art one,
O sunflower, with the sun!

— Sara Jewett

 

 

The Pause   Leave a comment

“The Pause” (The Wave Vermilion Cliffs National Monument) — HDR Image by kenne

Time to pause

Time to feel moments

Time to be.

— kenne

My Hoodoo Heaven   Leave a comment

My Hoodoo Heaven (Santa Catalina Mountains) — Images by kenne

Coyote Buttes In Vermilion Cliffs National Monument   Leave a comment

Old Juniper Tree In Coyote Buttes, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument — Image by kenne

Old juniper tree

Face of the desert’s harshness

Life twisted and bent.

— kenne

Northern Mockingbird   1 comment

Northern Mockingbird in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

One of the most familiar birds in the Sonoran Desert is the Northern Mockingbird. They hunt insects and spiders eat a wide variety of fruits;
berries of lantana and pyracantha are mainstays. Males and females have similar plumage: nearly uniform gray except for long dark tail
and white patch in open wing. Males are the singers that often practice all night long on a concatenation of bird songs borrowed
from a variety of other bird species. Three plants in particular produce fruit attractive to mocking birds: Desert Mistletoe,
Fremont Thornbush, and Desert Hackberry.

Common Mullein   Leave a comment

Common Mullein — Image by kenne

A single moment of understanding
can flood a whole life with meaning.
— Anonymous

Monsoon Clouds   2 comments

Monsoon Clouds in B & W — Image by kenne

desert clear blue skies

making room for monsoon clouds

and much needed rain

— kenne

Dove In Mesquite Tree   2 comments

White-winged Dove In Mesquite Tree — Photo-Artistry by kenne

we have eye connect

can she see into my soul

we will never know

— kenne

Black Saddlebag Dragonfly   1 comment

Black Saddlebag Dragonfly — Image by kenne

skimming the waters

have saddlebags will travel

in territory 

— kenne

Pincushion Cactus Flowers   Leave a comment

Pincushion Cactus Flowers — Image by kenne

When most people think of cactus in the Sonoran Desert, the image that comes to mind is the giant saguaro cactus. 
The saguaro grows only in the Sonoran Desert is one of the largest cacti. The saguaro cactus is a symbol of the American Southwest. 
Its inner meaning expresses the idea of standing tall, adapting to the environment, and providing shelter and nourishment for others.
Given its stature and authority, it holds a grandfatherly type of wisdom. 

Because saguaros are so common in the Tucson area, it is home to one of this nation’s national parks, the Saguaro National Park. 
However, it is not the most common cactus in the Sonoran Desert. That honor goes to the little pincushion cactus. 
Being so small and often in the shadows of the giant saguaro, their chances of being noticed are slim unless they are blooming.

— kenne

 

Bee On Chicory Wildflower   Leave a comment

Bee On Chickory Wildflower — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The monsoon season has begun the second-hottest and second-driest on record in Arizona, where heat records
are frequently broken last year. The last two years have seen fewer desert downpours, an important source of
summer river flow.

“We’re dealing with a rapidly changing climate that is becoming, overall, more dry and varied and warmer,”
said Scott Wilbor, an ecologist in Tucson who studies desert river ecosystems, including the San Pedro.
“We are in uncharted territory.” Click here to learn about the importance of Sonoran Desert rivers.

Monsoon Strom Over The Mountains   1 comment

Monsoon Strom Over The Mountains — Image by kenne

monsoon strom comes forth

building over the mountains

much needed rain falls

— kenne

Cedar Waxwing Art   Leave a comment

Cedar Waxwing — Photo-Artistry by kenne

they come every spring

flights of these impressive birds

attracting birders

— kenne

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