Archive for the ‘Cholla Cactus’ Category

Greater Roadrunner On Nest   1 comment

Greater Roadrunner Setting On Nest In Sabino Canyon A very carefully crafted nest inside a cholla cactus, providing excellent protection.
— Image by kenne

Roadrunners have elaborate mating rituals and may mate for life. Their courtship begins with the male chasing
the female on foot. Like other bird species, the male tries to woo the female with food, often bringing her a lizard in his beak.
Both males and females try to attract each other with offerings of sticks or grass. The male wags its tail and leaps
into the air to get attention.

Once a pair mates, they stay together to defend their territory all year. Most pairs raise the young together,
taking turns to protect the hatchlings and procuring food.

Dead Cholla Cactus   2 comments

Dead Cholla (Sabino Canyon Recreation Area) — Image by kenne

The continued drought in the desert southwest is taking its toll.

Cholla Cactus – Hanging Fruit   Leave a comment

Cholla Castus-Hanging Fruit-72Cholla Cactus – Hanging Fruit — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“The first rule about the low hanging fruit principle
is to always watch out for low hanging branches,
they’re the ones to take it away from you.”

― Stephen Richards

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

Cholla Cactus — Hanging Fruit   1 comment

Cholla Castus-Hanging Fruit-72Cholla Cactus — Hanging Fruit — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Nature is disordered, powerful, and chaotic, and through fear of the chaos, we impose
a system on it. We abhor complexity and seek to simplify things whenever we can by
whatever means we have at hand. We need to have an overall explanation of what the
universe is and how it functions. In order to achieve this overall view, we develop
explanatory theories, that will give structure to natural phenomena: we classify nature
into a coherent system, which appears to do what we say it does.

— from The Day The Universe Changed by James Burke


Building A Nest   Leave a comment

Cactus Wren Building a Nest-Edit-4-art-blogMale Cactus Wren Building a Nest in a Cholla Cactus — Photo-Artistry by kenne


Greater Roadrunner Sitting On Nest   3 comments

Nesting Roadrunner blogGreater Roadrunner Sitting On Nest In A Cholla Cacti — Image by kenne

A capitalist society requires a culture based on images.
It needs to furnish vast amounts of entertainment in order to
stimulate buying and anesthetize the injuries of class, race, and sex.”

—  from “On Photography” by Susan Sontag

Christmas Cholla   1 comment




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

Cactus Wren Building A Nest   Leave a comment

Cacuts Wren (1 of 1) blogCactus Wren Building a Nest in a Cholla Cactus (October 23, 20016) — Image by kenne

Springtime in Sabino Canyon
brings out the new while
recycling the old.

The white winged doves 
have returned awaiting
saguaro buds to bloom.

The sound of mating calls
go out, returned creating
echoes in the canyon.

The pace of life in high gear
as nature puts on a show
in the desert’s spring festival.

— kenne


Nesting Roadrunner   1 comment

Nesting Cactus Wren (1 of 1)-2 art blogNesting Roadrunner in a Cholla Cactus — Computer Art by kenne

Nesting cactus wren

Protected by the sharp spins

Surrounding her nest

— kenne

Cholla Spines   6 comments

cholla (1 of 1) computer art blogCholla Spines — Image by kenne

Cholla spines galore

A great place for cactus wren

To construct a nest.

— kenne

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

Sleepy Orange Grunge Art   2 comments

Sabino Canyon Landscape Sleepy Orange(1 of 1)-4 grunge art blogSleepy Orange Butterfly on a Cholla Cactus Blossom — Grunge Art by kenne

Meaning and value in art

comes from the end result

being different from any other.

— kenne

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