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The very short tale of the Halloween Spider who went to the Optometrist’s…   Leave a comment

In the spirit of Halloween, I share Tom’s posting this Saturday morning. — kenne

Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog

So the Halloween Spider says to the receptionist at the Optometrist’s, “By the time I pay for all of these contact-lenses, I will be totally broke!”

Halloween Jumping Spider at the Optometrist's ... Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021
Halloween Jumping Spider at the Optometrist’s … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021

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Posted October 23, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

Aspen Trail On Mt. Lemmon   Leave a comment

Aspen Trail On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”

– Albert Camus

Careless-weed Has Taken Over The Tanque Verde Wash Trails   Leave a comment

Images by kenne (Click on any of the images to see in a slide-show format.)

October is the time of year the Turkey Vultures are migrating south to Mexico, and for years they would overnight near the Tanque Verde Wash. 
I have many images of them in the trees near the wash. I planned to photograph again this year but was waiting to see the vultures circling up, 
usually around 8:30 AM. By this time in October, we have counted hundreds leaving in the mornings circling above headed south to Mexico. 

For days now, I’ve been looking skyward for the circling vultures with no sign of them. Was it climate change delaying the annual migration? Where were the turkey vultures? Maybe I had not been paying attention. 

So, this morning I grabbed my camera and walked down to the wash. I had not walked the trails along the wash since before the
summer monsoon.
What I discovered was shocking. First, there were no vultures to be seen. Second, almost all the trails had disappeared,
covered by two to three
meters of careless-weed (Palmer amaranth). This year’s heavy rains in July and August had brought on
a massive crop of this native weed.
I walked through thick weeds, sometimes over my head. When I did find parts of a trail, its
path would soon disappear in the weeds. 

Still, I kept walking, trying to find some old markers, especially the Margarita Berg memorial. Margarita had passed away in the spring of 2010, months before we moved to Tanuri Ridge in late June. At the time, I would often spend early mornings
walking the trails near the Tanque Verde wash, 
and in doing so, I discovered the memorial under a mesquite tree near the wash.
In fact, it was too close to the wash that the tree 
and the memorial were washed away in the winter of 2019.
However, pieces of the original monument were found and placed at the foot 
of another mesquite tree much farther north of the wash. 

After spending over an hour walking through the weeds, I found the memorial, hidden by all the careless-weeds — a weed worthy of its name.

As for the turkey vultures nowhere to be seen, could all the careless-weed growth of two to three meters cause them to feel their usual perches 
are now too close to the ground?

— kenne

Blue-eyed Darter   3 comments

Blue-eyed Darter, Sweetwater Wetlands (August 6, 2021) — Image by kenne

“May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon.”

– Unknown

A Buck In Madera Canyon   Leave a comment

A Young Buck In Madera Canyon — HDR Image by kenne

Hunter’s Moon   Leave a comment

Posted October 21, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

Inland Empire Panorama   Leave a comment

Inland Empire Panorama by kenne (09/03/06)

The Inland Empire is a region east of Los Angeles, covering more than 27,000 square miles
of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The area has a population of approximately 4 Million people.

Capital   Leave a comment

Tabula Candida

A: No one wants to work any more! I can't find anyone to hire for my company!
B: Labor is a market, and the supply is finite. If you want to compete, you'll have to pay more.
A: What are you, some kind of communist?
Caption: Why is it that the people who talk the loudest about loving capitalism are the ones who understand it the least?

The law of supply and demand is not “If I demand something, other people have to supply it.”

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Posted October 20, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

An Abstract From 2007   1 comment

Abstract Art (Feburary 6, 2007) by kenne

A first exercise

Practicing different skills

Shapes, colors, and lines.

— kenne

Bee On Fairy Duster Wildflower   Leave a comment

Bee On Fairy Duster Wildflower (July 16, 2021) — Image by kenne

The draft of this posting was done in late July before we went on our August road trip.
However, many photos later, just today, I noticed this unpublished draft —
Better late than never.

— kenne

 

Waiting For Luke   Leave a comment

Luke, A White Crested Phainopepla — Image by kenne

This is the time of year some SCVN members state watching for the return of “Luke” to Sabino Canyon. Phainopeplas generally spend
their summers at the higher elevations of the Santa Cantilina Mountains, returning to the canyon to feed off the desert mistletoe berries
in the canyon. 

What makes Luke unique is his white crest. For over eleven years, Luke can be spotted in the same general area in the canyon. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, we don’t know if Luke returned last year since many of us were not doing our usual nature walks in Sabino Canyon. 

Phainopeplas usually perch high on canyon mesquite trees. They have digestive tracts specialized for eating mistletoe fruit. 
These berries are low in nutrients, so the birds have to consume lots of them. The berries spend only about 12 minutes in a
Phainopepla’s intestine, 
and the birds may eat 1,100 berries in a day.

A singular bird of the Southwest, they are a brilliant sight in flight. Males are silky black and slender, with an elegant crest and bold white
wing patches that appear when the bird takes wing. Phainopeplas nearest common ancestors are the waxwings, which also have a glossy, 
silky look to their plumage.

Birds In The Treetop   Leave a comment

Birds In The Treetop — Gila Woodpecker, American Kestrel and Five American Goldfinches (October 6, 2021) — Image by kenne

We walked with an early morning Audubon lead bird walk group through the Sweetwater Wetlands a few days ago. (1/800 s at f/10, ISO 400)
The tree was about 100 years away, photographed using my 28/300 mm lens.

Arches At Del Sol   Leave a comment

Arches At Del Sol (October 17, 2015) — Image by kenne

“I am a part of all that I have met.
Yet, experience is an arch wherethro gleams
that untravl’d world whose margin fades forever and forever when I move.”

— Homer

A Walk Around The Bailey’s Homestead   3 comments

We arrived in Grantham, New Hampshire August 18th, where we spent a few days with daughter Kate
and her family. In between some misty rain showers, I spent some time walking around their 17-acre
homestead. It’s a beautiful place — so peaceful.

— kenne

Blue Dasher In Flight   Leave a comment

Blue Dasher Dragonfly in Flight at Sweetwater Wetlands (10/06/21) — Photo-Artistry by kenne by kenne

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

— Albert Einstein

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