Archive for the ‘Cactus’ Category

MacDougal Nipple Cactus   1 comment

Friday with Friends & Molino Basin to Prison CampMacDougal Nipple Cactus — Image by kenne

MacDougal Nipple Cactus (Mammillaria heyderi var. macdougalii) is a large, flattened
cactus that grows on hillsides in the desert grassland above 4000 ft elevation.
The large yellow flowers usually open in a full ring.

— kenne

Cholla Cactus Spines   1 comment

Cholla (1 of 1)-Edit-1-art-72Cholla Cactus Spines — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The spines of a cholla are actually modified leaves that help protect the surface of
the cactus from preditors. A surprising function of cacti spines is to provide shade
for the cactus itself, yes, shade. Each spine casts a shadow on the cactus as the sun
moves across the desert sky.

— kenne

Pincushion Cactus Fruit   2 comments

Pin Cushion Fruit-72Pincushion (mammillaria) Cactus Fruit — Image by kenne

This small cactus is ubiquitous in Sabino Canyon and can be more easily spotted
this time of year because most ground cover around it has dried up. 

Pincushion cactus
Beautiful blossoms and fruit
To often overlooked.

— kenne

 

The Big Squeeze   6 comments

Between a Rock and a Hard Place-72The Big Squeeze — Image by kenne

Boulders on each side
Can not be all bad for sure
Living in a crack.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place-Edit-art-72The Big Squeeze — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Change colors and shape
A different perspective,
Different beauty.

— kenne

Cactus Digital Art — Existing in Absurdity   2 comments

Barrel Cactus-3522 art blogCactus Digital Art — by kenne

Life, art, and logic are full of absurdities of various kinds.
We conceptualize absurdities when we
discuss square circles and circular squares.
It is art that is able to provide a mediator
between the strange and the real.

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“The creative act is only an incomplete and abstract moment in the production of a work.”

— Jean-Paul Sartre

 

Saguaro Love   1 comment

Starpass Trail 2012Saguaro Love — Image by kenne

Cactus love
Stay here in my arms
Forever.

— kenne

 

 

Feasting On Saguaro Cactus Fruit   2 comments

Each spring the white-winged doves return from wintering in Mexico and the air is filled with their mating calls. The hoots and coos are so common they sometimes drown out the sounds of other birds.

White Winged Dove (1 of 1) blog

The return of the white-winged doves plays a very important role in the life cycle of the saguaro cactus. When saguaros flower, white-winged doves move from flower to flower, sipping nectar and pollinating the plant.

White-Winged Dove on Saguaro-1764 blogOnce the flowers become fruit, the doves have a new food source. The sweet fruit is filled with thousands of tiny seeds, which pass unharmed through the digestive system of the dove. If seeds are passed while the dove is perched on a tree or bush, that tree or bush might become a nurse plant to the growing saguaro. Such a plant protects the young saguaro from extreme weather and animals and greatly increases its chances of survival.

White-Winged Dove on Saguaro-1763 blogFor the Tohono O’odham, the saguaro cactus and its fruit (bahidaj) is a very important part of their heritage. The towering saguaro cactus provides both physical and spiritual sustenance for the people. With temperatures now over 100 degrees, the bahidaj is now ripening and being harvested by the Tohono O’odham.  (Images by kenne)

— kenne

White-winged Dove Abstract Art(1 of 1)-9 blogWhite-winged Dove Abstract Art by kenne

 

Spring Yard Flowers Around Our Tucson Home — A Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Late Spring Flowers in the Desert — Images by kenne
(Click on any of the tiled images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

 

The Path Of Dreams   1 comment

Giffords Office“Sonoran Heat” — Computer Painting by kenne 

The Path of Dreams

There were no trails where I walk.
I walk the desert, poor and broke
thinking of family in Mexico. 

Continuing north, I make a path
around the cactus and desert brush.

The sun, still low in the east,
temperature now rising faster
than the morning sun.

Low in water, I find an
old mesquite tree to rest
in its shade until late afternoon.

Then, I will continue following
the path of my dreams —
carefully watching for
green and white trucks.

— kenne

Desert Silhouette   Leave a comment

MMM 02-04-13“Desert Silhouette” — Image by kenne

“Oh that the desert were my dwelling place,
With only one fair spirit for my minster.
That I might forget the human race,
And hating no one, love her only.”

— Lord Byron

How Do You Define, “Survivor?”   Leave a comment

Wild Burro Canyon HikeHow Do You Define, “Survivor?” Saguaro High On A Cliff — Image by kenne

 

A Home In The Canyon   Leave a comment

Ned's Nature Walk -- 01-1-09-13Cactus Wren Nest in a Cholla (Sabino Canyon) — Image by kenne

The whole theory of the universe
is directed unerringly to one individual
– namely You.

— Walt Whitman

Christmas Cholla   1 comment

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christmas-cholla-0285-blogChristmas Cholla (Sabino Canyon, December 26, 2016) — Images by kenne

The Christmas cactus common to the Sonoran Desert is the Cylindropuntia leptocaulis. It’s a Christmas cholla. It got its name because the red fruit on the pencil-thin joints appears from November into March.

— kenne

Saguaro Love   1 comment

Starpass Trail 2012Saguaro Cactus in the Tucson Mountains — Image by kenne

“Ouch, not too close, I don’t want to get a whisker burn!”

Capturing The Moment — Blackett’s Ridge Trail Sunset   Leave a comment

Sunset On Blackett's Ridge

Blackett’s Ridge Trail Sunset Over Tucson — Image by kenne

Each sunset
provides a sense of romance
just beyond reach,
telling a wordless story
that is timeless,
not requiring a response.

— kenne

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