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The Trail Is Dusty   Leave a comment

West of Tucson — Panorama Image by kenne

The trail is dusty
Stirred only by our steps,
A soft breeze unable to lift
The dust above our boots

Often coming together as strangers
Sharing a love of the wild
And a desire to hear sounds
In nature’s best.

Nature walks are fine
Surrounded by experts
Who share their knowledge
Born with a feel for the moment

An eye for beauty and form
Nature speaking to the senses
Where nothing is perfect
And everything Is perfect.

— kenne

Spring View Off The Patio   Leave a comment

Spring View Off The Patio (Palo Verdes Blooming) — Image by kenne

A Draught Doesn’t Stop Ocotillos From Blooming   1 comment

Ocotillos produce clusters of bright red flowers at their stem tips, which explain the plant’s name. 
Ocotillo means “little torch” in Spanish — Images by kenne

Waiting It Out

Desert display
as Saguaro’s spiny arms
raise to the darkening blue sky.
Days of heat waves
chase Ocotillo flower buds
drooping slowly in the mauve air
very still … and then,
with the distant rumble of thunder
and a flash of lightening,
comes a first drop.
Coming fast, the rain begins
a flood within the gulch
and there, from nowhere,
from the nothing dust,
from the ether
reconstituted
as out of a mirage
appears by the side of the road …
a toad.

— Sue Mason

Spring Flowers Along The Trail   Leave a comment

Spring Flowers Along The Trail — Image by kenne

“I dream of a quiet man
who explains nothing
and defends nothing,
but only knows where
the rarest wildflowers
are blooming…”

— Wendell Berry

All Tangled Up In Barbed Wire   Leave a comment

All Tangled Up In Barbed Wire — Image by kenne

I don’t know, why I don’t
Put it out baby
We kiss and the flames
Just get higher
But yeah I know
When I hold onto you baby
I’m all tangled up in barbed wire
I get burned, I don’t learn
I’ll be back, give it time
Yeah, I know it sounds crazy
But guess I like playing with fire

— from Playing with Fire by Thomas Rhett

 

Circling the Sky   1 comment

Circling the Sky — Image by kenne

Dreams of tomorrow
Nurture and create a new
My eye in the sky.

Your eye may not see
The ambiguous design
Of a Rorschach test.

Circling the sky
Forming a backdrop somewhere
For one more sunset.

Building memories
Of what memories became
In the good old days.

— kenne

Stormy Weather   3 comments

Stormy Weather Over The South Rim of The Santa Catilina Mountains — Panorama by kenne

A Thunderstorm

The wind begun to rock the grass
With threatening tunes and low, –
He flung a menace at the earth,
A menace at the sky.

The leaves unhooked themselves from trees
And started all abroad;
The dust did scoop itself like hands
And throw away the road.

The wagons quickened on the streets,
The thunder hurried slow;
The lightning showed a yellow beak,
And then a livid claw.

The birds put up the bars to nests,
The cattle fled to barns;
There came one drop of giant rain,
And then, as if the hands

That held the dams had parted hold,
The waters wrecked the sky,
But overlooked my father’s house,
Just quartering a tree.

— Emily Dickinson

Thankful For Another Beautiful Day   Leave a comment

Another Beautiful Day In The Catalina Foothills — Image by kenne

“I always thank Mother Nature for all the beauty in the world.

It’s about having an attitude of gratitude.”

Coyote Buttes In Vermilion Cliffs National Monument   Leave a comment

Old Juniper Tree In Coyote Buttes, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument — Image by kenne

Old juniper tree

Face of the desert’s harshness

Life twisted and bent.

— kenne

Butterflies And Desert Flowers After Monsoon Rains   2 comments

Surphur Butterflies on Creosole Bush Blossoms In Sabino Canyon (July 27, 2021) — Images by kenne 

The recent monsoon rains have greened up the canyon, bringing out a lot of butterflies.
Unfortunately, I only had my 18-70 mm lens, so trying to photograph
the mostly surphur butterflies became challenging.

— kenne

Windswept Trail   Leave a comment

Windswept Trail In The Santa Catalina Mountains (This area was burned 18 years ago.) — Image by kenne

time passed since the burn

was called the aspen fire

many square miles chared

— kenne

Desert Landscape — Arrangement In Gray and Black   Leave a comment

Desert Landscape — Arrangement In Gray and Black by kenne

“When at last, in all my storms, my whole self speaks,
then there is a pause. The soul collects itself into pure
silence and isolation—perhaps after much pain. The
mind suspends its knowledge and waits. The psyche
becomes strangely still.”

— from Fantasia of the Unconscious by D. H. Lawrence

Queen Butterfly — Honoring Mothers   3 comments

Queen Butterfly — Image by kenne

Some such Butterfly be seen 
 

Some such Butterfly be seen
On Brazilian Pampas —
Just at noon — no later — Sweet —
Then — the License closes —

Some such Spice — express and pass —
Subject to Your Plucking —
As the Stars — You knew last Night —
Foreigners — This Morning —

 
— Emily Dickinson
 
 

Borderland Wildflowers   Leave a comment

Borderland Wildflowers — Image by kenne

Ask the spring,
in its beauty
no stranger 
to this land.

Who is the man
pale and bloody
his wounds from
miles of walking?

— kenne

My Treasure Lies Hidden   Leave a comment

A Desert Sunrise — Image by kenne

I do not know if the desert can be loved,

but it is in the desert that my treasure lies hidden.

— Paulo Coelho

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