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A Desert Morning And Poetry In The Age Of Novel Coronavirus   Leave a comment

Giffords OfficeA Desert Morning In The Age Of Novel Coronavirus — Image by kenne

Midnight poems are bicycles
Taking us on safer journeys
Than jets
Quicker journeys
Than walking
But never as beautiful
A journey
As my back
Touching you under the quilt

Midnight poems
Sing a sweet song
Saying everything
Is all right

Everything
Is
Here for us
I reach out
To catch the laughter

The dog thinks
I need a kiss

Bicycles move
With the flow
Of the earth
Like a cloud
So quiet
In the October sky
Like licking ice cream
From a cone
Like knowing you
Will always
Be there

All day long I wait
For the sunset

The first star
The moon rise

I move
To a midnight
Poem
Called
You
Propping
Against
The dangers

Bicycles by Nikki Giovanni

Saguaro Cactus — Black & White Photograph   1 comment

Saguaro Infered-DSC_4411-72Saguaro Cactus (Sabino Canyon Recreation Area) — Black & White Image by kenne

“I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won.

I found that while the camera does not express the soul,

perhaps a photograph can!”

— Ansel Adams

Santa Catalina Mountains Seen From SaguaroNational Park   Leave a comment

Santa Catanina Mountains - B&W-72-2Santa Catalina Mountains from Saguaro National Park — Image by kenne

GENEROSITY

She brings him the licks
of a good guitarist,
a jarful of sky

from the tallest mountain
she has  never bothered to climb,
shows him the shoeprint

of her favorite thief,
melting in a bank of April snow
just beyond her bedroom,

and when she kisses him
she tastes
a bundle of berries

too numerous to eat.
She stares into his beautiful
bloodshot eyes, believing

she looks
like the perfect gift
with those ribbons

in her hair; he cannot
refuse the ample lesson
her body was built

to provide. She has only
to ask him once
to fasten the fingers on

and set upon her nightly,
learning the stops
and limits of her song —

the vibrato of the dark
the spidery scales,
the frets along her spine.

— Charles Rafferty

 

High Contrast B&W Photo   Leave a comment

Tall Saguaro In The Sun-High Comtrast B&W-72Tall Saguaro Cactus In Sabino Canyon — High Contrast B&W Photo by kenne

 

Panning For Garnets   Leave a comment

Thursday Elementary January 24, 2019-11-Infrared-72Students Panning For Garnets In Sabino Creek — Infrared Image by kenne

One of the programs taught by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists to elementary
school children is geology called “Strike It Rich.” They learn how the Santa Catalina
Mountains were formed and the minerals contained in the “gneiss” rock.
The primary
activity is panning for garnets (sand rubies) in Sabino Creek.
The students uncovered the link between the towering granite cliffs
above the Tucson Basin and all that lies below.

— kenne

Silhouette — Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it . . .   1 comment

Silhouette granddad and jaxon-B&W-72Silhouette — Granddad and Grandson at Sunset 

if—

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

— Rudyard Kipling

Bug Springs Trail B&W Photo   Leave a comment

Bug Springs 2012Bug Springs Trail B&W Photo by kenne

The lower part of this Bug Springs trail in Santa Catalina Mountains trail was
destroyed by a wildfire in the early 2000s. In the years since then, the ground cover
has returned now, providing a carpet at the feet of the few remaining burnt trees.

— kenne

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