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Cactus Wren   Leave a comment

Cactus Wren-3-72-2Cactus Wren — Image by kenne

Lonely wren 
high atop a saguaro
resting on spins
no drops of blood
only manipulating
carefully while
coolly surveying

the desert floor
against a cloudless sky.

— kenne

The First Phainopepla   1 comment

Male Phainopepla-3-72.jpgMale Phainopepla In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

The first phainopepla encased

in black feathers, and plastic

flew into the morning sunlight.

— kenne

Phainopepla In The Morning Sun   Leave a comment

Female Phainopepla-3-72Female Phainopepla In The Morning Sun (January 7, 2020 — Sabino Canyon)
— Photo-Artistry by kenne

Here comes the sun
birders listen and watch
as birds chilled by
desert winter night
seek high perches
in the sunlight.

When I take up
my palette (Nikon)
I call on the light
bringing color and
life to the canyon
sometimes blinding.

Solitude with style
with endless silence
where flite interrupts
the viewer’s sight
their gestures
demonstrate the loss.

— kenne

 

A Phainopepla Weathering In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Male Phainopepla-art-72Male Phainopepla — Grunge Art by kenne

Most phainopeplas spend the summers feeding on insects up in the nearby mountain only to return to places like Sabino Canyon feeding mostly on desert hackberry,  wolfberry, and desert mistletoe berries.

— kenne

 

Anna’s Hummingbird   1 comment

Ken & Mary Visit -- Anna's Hummingbird-72.jpgAnna’s Hummingbird — Image by kenne

It started just now with a hummingbird
Hovering over the porch two yards away then gone,
It stopped me studying.
I saw the redwood post
Leaning in clod ground
Tangled in a bush of yellow flowers
Higher than my head, through which we push
Every time we came inside —
The shadow network of the sunshine
Through its vines. White-crowned sparrows
Made tremendous singings in the trees
The rooster down the valley crows and crows.
Jack Kerouac outside, behind my back
Reads the Diamond Sutra in the sun.

— from Migration of Birds by Gary Snyder

Juvenile Crested Caracara   1 comment

Crested Caracaras-art-72-2.jpgCrested Caracara – Juvenile (Arizona-Sonora Museum) — Photo-Artistry by kenne 

The crested caracara is related to the typical falcons but very different in shape and habits. This falcon has a strikingly patterned, broad-winged opportunist that often feeds on carrion. Because of its aggressive nature, it may chase vultures away from road kills. Juveniles are brown instead of black with a whitish neck and cheeks. In Arizona, they are only found near the Mexican border. “Caracara” comes from a South American Indian name, based on the bird’s call.

— kenne

Bluebird of Happiness   2 comments

Bluebird-art-2-72“Bluebird of Happiness” — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The bluebird of happiness 
is a poor man’s dream
consisting only of moments —
treasure each moment in your heart

— kenne

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