Archive for the ‘Lower Sabino Canyon’ Category

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

Draught In The Canyon   Leave a comment

Intense Drought In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

The Sonoran Desert
known for its biodiversity
having two rainy seasons

the summer monsoon
and winter rainy season
now experiencing drought.

Normal drought conditions
made worse by La Niña
event reducing rainfall.

Many native plants are dying
vegetation green-up is poor
during this intense drought.

— kenne


Ocotillos Show Signs Of Spring   Leave a comment

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) Blossom in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Very little rain in Sabino Canyon hasn’t stopped the cycles of life from taking place.
Most of the year, Ocotillos look like a bunch of gray sticks. But in the spring, are during the
summer monsoon season, the sticks leaf out. However, the red flame blossoms
only happen in the spring.

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) Leaves — Image by kenne

Fouquieria splendens is a plant indigenous to the Sonoran Desert in the Southwestern United States
and northern Mexico. While semi-succulent and a desert plant, Ocotillo is more closely related to tea
and blueberries than cactuses. Source: Wikipedia

Desert Chicory Wildflowers And Bee   Leave a comment

Chicory and Bee-72Desert Chicory Wildflowers and Bee — Image by kenne

Popping up on the dry desert floor

New sharing space with the old

We are alive and well in the desert

Taking morning hikes in the cool air.

— kenne

Predator And Prey   1 comment

On Thursday of this past week, Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists were teaching two first grade classes about predator and prey in a program we call “Now You See It.” My responsibility for the month of April is to coordinate the Thursday schedule with the teachers. Once the children are in the canyon, my job is one of “managing by walking around.”

While in the riparian area near the creek and dam I could hear a nearby cooper’s hawk. Following the sound, I spotted him on a dead limb high above the creek where he had caught a small bird. What a “real time” example of predator and prey for the day’s lesson. What follows are images and a video of the encounter, which I shared with the children.

— kenne

(Click on any of the tiled images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Cooper’s Hawk Images and Video by kenne

Predator And Prey — Cooper’s Hawk

The varying modes of flight exhibited by our diurnal birds of prey
have always been to me a subject of great interest,
especially as by means of them I have found myself enabled
to distinguish one species from another,
to the farthest extent of my power of vision.

— John James Audubon

American Stout Butterfly   Leave a comment

American Snout Butterfly-1084 art blogAmerican Stout Butterfly — Grunge Art by kenne

A runaway moment caught
In a new setting.

— kenne

Time — Seed of Life, Seed of Torment   2 comments

lower-sabino-canyon-from-phoneline_panorama1-1-blogLower Sabino Canyon from Phoneline Trail with View of Tucson In The Background — Panorama image by kenne 

 Time’s Body

—in the middle of the beginning they woke you
from a long sleep;

you could see the edges of the world
being formed, the boundaries
space would make in its eagerness
to be included,

the problem time would have
in its need to be the main thing.

The source of life is not life
but rebellion toward meaning.

When you saw the workers were already busy,
that the list you’rd been handed
was usual and impossible
and held it all, and thin
or most, your will
strong as a paper clip

you needed a location
from which to act on your assigned nature

so you chose time:
seed of light,
seed of torment—

— Brenda Hillman

In Your Face, Dude   2 comments

desert-spinny-1-of-1-2-blogIn Your Face, Dude (Desert Spiny Lizard) — Computer Art by kenne

He is one buff dude

Sometimes to intimidate

Sometime to attract.

— kenne

These Girls Love Learning About Nature   1 comment

Girl Scouts (1 of 1) blogSpending a morning with Girl Scout Brownies in Sabino Canyon — Image by Scout Mom

“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole.”

— Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Carpenter Bee On A Mesquite Tree Blossom   2 comments

Carpenter Bee On Mesquite Bloom (1 of 1) blogCarpenter Bee On A Mesquite Tree Blossom (April 1, 2016) — Image by kenne

Life always waits for some crisis to occur

before revealing itself at its most brilliant.

— from Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho


Saguaro Blossoms   5 comments

Saguaro Blossoms In Sabino Canyon — Images by kenne

A very dry spring

Hasn’t slowed cactus blossoms —

Saguaros in March.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Bee On A Lyreleaf Jewelflower   Leave a comment

Streptanthus carinatus – Lyreleaf Jewelflower (1 of 1) blogBee On a Lyreleaf Jewelflower (March 3, 2016 in Sabino Canyon) — Images by kenne

Streptanthus carinatus – Lyreleaf Jewelflower (1 of 1)-2 art blog

These vase-shaped buds have pedals giving a tassel effect to the top of each bud,
opening just enough for bees and other pollinators to get inside the bud. This desert
wildflower has a tall slender stem and was photographed near Sabino Creek
in Sabino Canyon.


“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”

― Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

Capturing The Moment — Botta’s Pocket Gopher   2 comments

Botta’s Pocket Gopher — Images by kenne

This little guy was busy gathering elegant lupine within a two foot radius of her den. She would slink out, nip a lupine and back straight back into her hole in the ground.A sensitive tail helps her feel her way as it runs backwards into her hole. (Click here for more information.)


Last Day Of Class   Leave a comment

SCVN Wrap-Up (1 of 1)-9 blogNew SCVN Naturalists and Their Mentors Wrap-up Training(January 11, 2016)  — Image by kenne

The temperature was near thirty-two degrees at the Cactus Picnic Area in Sabino Canyon where the final day of training was scheduled. After spending time demonstrating some of their new skills, the new naturalists were treated to a surprise party at Rattlesnake Canyon Picnic Area near Sabino creek.

Graduation will take place this coming Saturday (January 16, 2016).



Lower Sabino Canyon Landscape Photos   8 comments

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Lower Sabino Canyon Landscape Photos by kenne (September 4, 2015)

“There was another America out there that remained unsung;
a rawer, more primitive America, where the spirit had not
been tamed by the restless machine of modern materialism.”

— Jack Kerouac

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