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Greater Roadrunner Art   1 comment

Greater Roadrunner — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Roadrunner

A cuckoo bird that lives for speed,
With your shaggy crest, what a site indeed.
Streaked feathers break up your silhouette.
And your unusual track, not your typical set.

A blue and orange patch behind your eyes,
You prefer to chase prey, instead of fly.
Your expressive long tail flips here and there…
Quail chicks and k-rats best beware.

It’s true, I often see you running about,
With a limp lizard’s tail hanging from your mouth,
Some have witnessed your familiar antics,
taunting rattlesnakes, eagles, and hairy arachnids.

But my favorite three things have to be,
Your curiosity each time you encounter me,
And how you turn your back to the sun for its heat
(like a tiny matador, feathers erect and sleek).

Finally, I think I must surely admit
That trickster track—your zygodactyl footprint!
How do I know which way you are going?
With two toes facing forward and the back two, back-going.

It doesn’t matter much to me you will see
I just look for the “X” in the sand to guide me.
On the trail of a friend, a cuckoo I know
the Greater Roadrunner, always running, on the go.

— Michelle Hedgecock

Greater Roadrunner Portrait   Leave a comment

Greater Roadrunner Portrait by kenne

Greater roadrunner

Is the court jester of birds

Funny bird to watch.

— kenne

Greater Roadrunner   2 comments

Greater Roadrunner —  Image by kenne

A cuckoo bird that lives for speed,
With your shaggy crest, what a site indeed.
Streaked feathers break up your silhouette.
And your unusual track, not your typical set.

A blue and orange patch behind your eyes,
You prefer to chase prey, instead of fly.
Your expressive long tail flips here and there…
Quail chicks and k-rats best beware.

— from Roadrunner by Michelle Hedgecock

Greater Roadrunner — Listen!   1 comment

Greater Roadrunner-Edit-1-art-Edit-1-72Greater Roadrunner Photo-Artistry by kenne

Listen!
The gravel verge bears a walker:
I hear chewing of shredded wheat.
Listen!
Birds call from dawn to sundown:
tedious mourning dove blues, 
cactus wren’s grinding starter,
darting quail high notes: Uh-huh-Uh huh,
Hey-you! alert – the thrasher arrives.
Listen!
Our homes hum tones tiny to tremendous; 
stretched and still in darkness,
I seek their source, finding some
in the pestling of brain, bones, molars.
Listen!
Attending too, to unfulfilled utterances:
hesitations, head dips, hand flutters,
the staccato of unsettled eyes and breath:
these voiceless notes of soul speak
of love or loss or the deep water strokes
of living without answers. 
Listen!
 
Listen! poem (c)2020 Deborah Chappa
(Used by Permission)

Greater Roadrunner In Mesquite Tree   Leave a comment

Greater Roadrunner-72Greater Roadrunner In Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne

Roadrunners don’t spend much time in trees. However, this guy was in a mesquite tree where he could more easily be seen and heard by a female a few hundred feet away  — it worked. 

— kenne

Greater Roadrunner — Grunge Art   Leave a comment

Greater Roadrunner-art-blogGreater Roadrunner — Grunge Art by kenne

He is a joker
Not a singer, he just clicks
To get attention.

— kenne

Quality   Leave a comment

Roadrunner In Tree-Edit-1-blogGreater Roadrunner Stalking A Tree Lizard In A Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne

Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions.

— Robert M. Pirsig

Big Bird On The Patio Wall   Leave a comment

Roadrunner-0283 art blogGreater Roadrunner — Digital Art by kenne

Here he comes again
Bird on the patio wall
Stalking a lizard.

— 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

Greater Roadrunner — Big Guy On The Ground   1 comment

MMM 02-04-13Greater Roadrunner — Image by kenne

 

Greater Roadrunner On A Cold Morning   3 comments

Roadrunner Warming Up blogGreater Roadrunner Sunning on a Cold Morning in Sabino Canyon — 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

 

Greater Roadrunner On A Southwest Day   2 comments

Roadrunner-0283 blogGreater Roadrunner On A Southwest Day — Image by kenne

I watch him as he ponders my presence,
only a temporary distraction from
the lizard now locked in step 
blinding into the tree bark
disposing of intricate patterns.
Soon the runner disappears 
into some unknown world,
no known direction, dissolving 
into the brink, yet native lands.

— kenne

 

Back In Tucson After Harvey   Leave a comment

Roadrunner-0295 blogGreater Roadrunner In Patio Olive Tree — Image by kenne

As if to welcome us back, this roadrunner was in the olive tree on our patio. Nice to see you, my friend.

Greater roadrunner
Up in the patio tree
Beep-beep back at you.

— kenne

Greater Roadrunner Photo Essay   3 comments

(Click on Any of the Tiled Images for a Larger View in a Slideshow Format.)

Greater Roadrunner Photo Essay by kenne

Alert and cunning

All business searching for food

This is not a show.

— kenne

Roadrunner On The Hunt   Leave a comment

Greater Roadrunner (December 12, 2016) — Images by kenne

Learning is exciting.
It is important to cultivate 
the love of learning
so that it transcends 
academia and becomes
a way of life.

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