Archive for the ‘Desert’ Category

Sonoran Desert Mushrooms   1 comment

Sonoran Desert Mushrooms — Images by kenne

Podaxis is a genus of secotioid fungi in the family Agaricaceae. Species, which have the appearance of a “stalked-puffball”,
have a worldwide distribution, and tend to be found growing solitary or scattered on sandy soils,
especially in arid regions. Although close to 50 species have been described, it has been argued that many
of them may represent extremes in the natural range of variations found in Podaxis pistillaris. —
Wikipedia

Desert Morning — Abstract Art   2 comments

Desert Morning — Abstract Art by kenne

The rivers are dry
Residents are out early
A mourning dove coos.

Record temps daily
Excessive heat warnings out
Thank God for AC.

— kenne

 

Desert Spring Painting   Leave a comment

Desert Spring — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Everyone on the face of the Earth

has a treasure that lies waiting for them.

— Paulo Coelho

Ravens Gathering On The Ridge   1 comment

Ravens Gathering On The Ridge — Image by kenne

Ravens on the ridge

Gather for the funeral

Death is without end.

— kenne

 

Cactus Blossom In The Utah Desert   Leave a comment

Cactus Blossom In The Utah Desert — Image by kenne

I dream of a quiet man
who explains nothing and defends
nothing, but only knows
where the rarest wildflowers
are blooming, and who goes,
and finds that he is smiling
not by his own will. 

― Wendell Berry

Shelter In The Storm   1 comment

Shelter In The Storm — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Cabin abandoned

Hikers aware of a storm

Seeking some shelter.

— kenne

The Drought Continues   Leave a comment

The Drought Continues In The Desert Southwest — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Coyotes passed through the field at the back
of the house last night — coyotes, from midnight
till dawn, hunting, foraging, a mad scavenging,
scaring up pocket gophers, white-breasted mice,
jacktails, voles, the least shrew, catching
a bite at a time.

They were a band, screeching, yodeling,
a multi-tone pack. Such yipping and yapping
and jaw chapping, yelping and painful howling,
they had to be skinny, worn, used up,
a tribe of bedraggled uncles and cousins
on the skids, torn, patched, frenzied
mothers, daughters, furtive pups
and, slinking on the edges, an outcast
cow dog or two.

— from A Passing by Pattiann Rogers

 

 

A Tucson Sunset   1 comment

Sunset On Blackett's RidgeA Tucson Sunset — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Do not go gentle into the night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

— Dylan Thomas

 

Regal Horned Lizard   Leave a comment

Rose Lake July 2013Regal Horned Lizard — Image by kenne

Not a horny toad
A lizard with lots of class
Blinding with the ground.

— kenne

Where The Desert Meets The Sea   4 comments

Beach at High Tide-1013 blog“Where The Desert Meets The Sea” (El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site On the Sea of Cortez) — Image by kenne

Puerto Peñasco
Where the desert meets the sea
Beauty in contrast.

— kenne

An Active Osprey Nest   3 comments

Near where we were staying in Puerto Peñasco, I spotted what looked like an active Osprey nest.

Osprey-1144 blog II

After a closer investigation, I was able to see an osprey sitting this carefully created work of art. There are no trees on the desert coast of the Sea of Cortez, so the Osprey makes good use of any structure high off the ground.

Once confirming that the nest was active, I started looking around for the mate. That’s when a spotted the other osprey on a nearby power pole, already expressing some displeasure with my being too close to the nest.

Osprey-1146 blog

The two Ospreys began calling to one another. As I moved closer to the sentry Osprey, he turned and flow to a distant pole.

Osprey-1151 blog

The feathers of this hawk always seem ruffled due to when diving after fish, Ospreys completely submerge themselves underwater and still are able to fly away with their prey. Most other fish-eating birds of prey can only pluck fish from the surface of the water as they fly by. Like all birds of prey, Ospreys are amazing animals. 

— kenne

Desert Marigold   1 comment

Desert Maragold-2753 blog

Desert Maragold-2756 blogDesert Marigold in Our Yard (June 19, 2017, Tucson, Arizona, 115 degrees)– Images by kenne

Four months without rain
Wildflowers have come and gone
Tell this wildflower.

— kenne

Out On The Trail   Leave a comment

Romero Pools“Out On the Trail” — Image by kenne

Southern Arizona trails are very busy this time of year and unfortunately keeping search and rescue crews busy. Those of us who are frequently hiking the Santa Catalina Mountains are aware of some of its dangers. However, many of our winter visitors are not prepare for the rough terrain. This past Sunday the DPS copter crew had six rope rescues in the Catalinas, a one-day record.

kenne

Kate And Her Boys Are Coming Sunday   1 comment

Bailey's Visit (86) blog IIKate, Matt, Nick and Joy (April 2011) — Images by kenne

In April of 2011, Grandson Nick, and parents Kate and Matt visited us here in Tucson. At that time Nick was five. Tomorrow, Nick and mom Kate return with Jaxon, grandson number two who will be five in May. Matt will be taking care of things back in Ft. Collins. Last time we saw the boys was two years ago in Ft. Collins. We are looking forward to a great week in the desert.

Bailey's Visit (12) Granddad & Nick blogGranddad and Nick at The Pima Air & Space Museum (April 2011)

I have a daughter and two grandsons

who live in the beautiful city of Ft.Collins.

I have a son and a beautiful granddaughter

who live in Atascocita, a sea level village in Texas.

— kenne

Christmas Decorations In The Desert   Leave a comment

D500 PhotosChristmas Decorations In the Desert — Image by kenne

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