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Female Phainopepla Returns To The Canyon   Leave a comment

Female Phainopepla-0628 blog IIFemale Phainopepla in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

After spending the summer at the higher elevations of the Santa Catalina Mountains, phainopeplas have returned to the lower Sabino Canyon.

— kenne

Blue Wing — Might Have Been A Bluebird   7 comments

Western Bluebird-0518 Framed blogWestern Bluebird — Image by kenne

I can’t think of bluebirds without thinking of Tom Russell’s song, “Blue Wing” — one of my favorite. Both help me see the sky above.

— kenne

Blue Wing by Tom Russell

He had a blue wing tattooed on his shoulder
Well it might have been a bluebird I don’t know
But he’d get stone drunk and talk about Alaska
The salmon boats and 45 below

He said he got that blue wing up in Walla Walla
And his cellmate there was Little Willy John
And Willy he was once a great blues singer
And Wing and Willy wrote ’em up a song. They said…

CHORUS:
It’s dark in here; can’t see the sky
But I look at this blue wing and I close my eyes
And I fly away beyond these walls
Up above the clouds where the rain don’t fall
On a poor man’s dream.

They paroled Blue Wing in August, of 1963
He moved north picking apples to the town of Wenatchee
Then winter finally caught him in a run down trailer park
On the south side of Seattle where the days grow gray and dark

And he drank and he dreamt of visions when the salmon still ran free
And his fathers’ fathers crossed that wild old Bering Sea
And the land belonged to everyone and there were old songs yet to sing
Now it’s narrowed down to a cheap hotel and a tattooed prison wing

CHORUS:
It’s dark in here; can’t see the sky
But I look at this blue wing and I close my eyes
And I fly away beyond these walls
Up above the clouds where the rain don’t fall
On a poor man’s dream.

Blue Wing by Tom Russel Video

The Migrating Turkey Vultures Are Back   1 comment

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Turkey Vulture (1 of 1)-19 blogImages by kenne

This time of year the migrating turkey vultures come gliding and circling in each afternoon from the north landing in the large trees along the Tanque Verde Wash. Our home is about 100 yards up from the wash, so it’s easy to watch for migrating birds. The next morning like clockwork, they start circling up around 9:00 am continuing their return to Mexico.

— kenne

Music On The Morning Trail   Leave a comment

These song sparrows provide the course to the music of a desert morning. — Images by kenne

bird songs

a feathered message
for us today..
a hidden songbird capacity
for learning then forming
a song out there..

in our parallel plane
a gifted capacity to speak
but first a language
to learn
with toil and sweat..

the songbird and we
it now seems
at once are
creator and creation
a mutual stimulation..
becoming our song…

  — Charles Coon

Female Anna’s Hummingbird   Leave a comment

Female Anna's Hummingbird-framed blogFemale Anna’s Hummingbird — Image by kenne

One day a hummingbird flew in–
It fluttered against the window til I got it down
where I could reach it with an open umbrella– —
When I had it in my hand it was so small
I couldn’t believe I had it–but I could feel the intense life–
so intense and so tiny– …You were like the humming bird to me…
And I am rather inclined to feel that you and I know
the best part of one another without spending much time together– —
It is not that I fear the knowing– It is that I am at this moment
willing to let you be what you are to me–
it is beautiful and pure and very intensely alive.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

Mockingbird Gears   1 comment

Mockingbird-0650 art blogMockingbird Gears — Computer Art by kenne

Mockingbird blue gears
Rise into my view each day
Bright body shadows.

— kenne

 

Hot Bird In Tucson   Leave a comment

Hot Bird-2945-blogImmature Canyon Towhee on 109 Degree Day (Bird I.D. by Jerry Bird) — Image by kenne

This Canyon Towhee has been spending time in the shade of our olive tree, which is near the patio fountain and feeders. Yes, birds can suffer heat strokes. — kenne

 

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