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Morning Shadows   Leave a comment

Morning Shadows In The Sonoran Desert — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Yes, the sun has risen again.
I can see the windows change and hear a dog barking.
The wind buckles the slender top of the alder,
the conversation of night birds hushes,
and I can hear my heart regular and strong.
I will live to see the day end as I lived to see
the earth turn molten and white, then to metal,
then to whatever shape we stamped into it
as we laughed the long night hours away
or sang how the eagle flies on Friday.
When Friday came, the early hours perfect
and cold,
we cursed our only lives
and passed the bottle back and forth.

— from One Day by Philip Levine

Morning Reflection   4 comments

Morning Reflection (Mammoth Lakes, California)– Image by kenne

Sunlight and Shadows   1 comment

Sunlight and Shadows — Images by kenne

I walk in the morning sunlight
or is it in the morning shadows
you choose the perspective.

A bird crosses my path
disappearing in the shadows
only to quickly fly away.

I perceived each morning walk
with reference to a particular frame
where “same” events are not the same.

— kenne



In Memory Of W. S. Mervin   2 comments

Clouds (1 of 1)-4 blog“Forgetting Clouds” — Image by kenne

Forgetting Clouds

The quiet morning has a few cloud friends 
that are gone when I look for them again 
in this one summer to which I have come 
after everything that I remember 
what can I call it before it has gone 
it does not hear me and does not know me 
it passes without seeing I am here 
it is only me going my own way 
there is no one else who can forget it

— W. S. Mervin

“W. S. Merwin, a formidable American poet who for more than 60 years labored under a formidable poetic yoke: the imperative of using language — an inescapably concrete presence on the printed page — to conjure absence, silence and nothingness, died on Friday at his home near Haiku-Pauwela, Hawaii. He was 91.” New York Times, March 15, 2019



Sun Through The Trees   Leave a comment

SCVN Nature Walk 01-03-12 Dam Area blogSun Through the Trees Near Sabino Creek — Image by kenne

This is autumn by the creek
almost anything can happen.
This is where you will find
the first morning light,
little fish in small stagnant pools —
Do they sense time is running out?

— kenne



Monday Bird Walk Photo Essay   2 comments

The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists training class went on a bird walk this morning (January 2, 2017), led by  Jean and Mark Hengesbaugh.

Images by kenne (Click on any image for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Jean recorded the following eBird list of observed birds:

Sabino Dam and downstream riparian, Pima, Arizona, US
Jan 2, 2017 7:37 AM – 8:46 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) 13 species

Gambel’s Quail 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Mourning Dove 2
Anna’s Hummingbird 1
Gila Woodpecker 4
Verdin 2
Cactus Wren 2
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher 2
Western Bluebird 10
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
Phainopepla 10
House Finch 6

The Hengesbaugh’s lead a bird walk for the Tucson Audubon the 1st Saturday of each month in Sabino Canyon. (Must pre-register through Tucson Audubon.)


Thunder Mountain Panoramas   Leave a comment

Ballooms (1 of 1)-2 Thunder Mountain blogThunder Mountain, Sedona, Arizona (June 15, 2016) — Panorama by kenne

The story goes that Walt Disney, who once had a home in Sedona, was so inspired by the beauty of Thunder Mountain that it became a theme park concept — Big Thunder Mountain. Fact or fiction, Disney did spend time in Sedona and it’s easy to believe that such a creative person had to have been inspired by the Red Rock Country, therefore becoming an influence in a lot of his work.

While in Sedona recently, we went on a backcountry jeep tour taking us behind Thunder Mountain and one of the “fun facts” we were told was Disney and Thunder Mountain — what myths are made from.

— kenne

Thunder Mountain (1 of 1) blogThunder Mountain Panorama by kenne

Sedona Vortex Morning   Leave a comment

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Sedona Vortex Morning (June 15, 2016) — Images by kenne

Birds singing

Sedona daylight

Coffee at Starbucks

On the path

Twisted juniper trees

Mini masa vortex

Feeling the energy

Intensifying the moment.

— kenne



Desert Silhouette   7 comments

Dead Saguaro Shadow_0899-ghost-of-desert-past-blog“Desert Silhouette” 

Desert Silhouette

A dead saguaro

Stands silhouetted

Against the morning sky

A darken symbol of life

As a lone hiker looks up

From the trail below

Still in the canyon shadow

Pondering the meaning

Of this dark creature

As shadows move

Down the canyon walls

Vanishing the silhouette

And any creature thoughts

Only to leave behind

The remains of what was

A Sonoran desert giant.

— kenne

Dry Reeds In The Wash   Leave a comment

Dried Reeds In the Wash (1 of 1) blogDry Reeds in the Wash (Tanque Verde Wash, January 13, 2016) — Image by kenne

Try to be saturated 

in the glimpse

so the brief remembrance

will return in a dream.

— kenne


Cactus Wren On A Saguaro Blossom In November   5 comments

Cactus Wren (1 of 1) blogCactus Wren On A Saguaro Blossom In November — Image by kenne

Today’s Friday hike was in Pima Canyon. The canyon is a narrow canyon in the western Catalina Mountains. With sunrise coming later in early November and much cooler desert temperatures (39 degrees), the beginning part of the trail was in the warmth of the sun till the canyon walls cast a big shadow on the canyon. As we hiked into the canyon I notict a cactus wren on a saguaro blossom. This is not the time of the year for saguaros to be blooming, but don’t tell this one that. The combination of the cactus wren and the saguaro blossom really got my attention, so even though the sun light angle was not ideal, and the cactus was a good distance away, I had to get a picture or two. 


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