Archive for the ‘nature walk’ Category

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However, many photos later, just today, I noticed this unpublished draft —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

 

Sneezeweed Art   Leave a comment

Sneezeweed Art by kenne

Green to blue

Yellow to orange

New to old

— kenne

Hiking Box Camp Trail   Leave a comment

Hiking Up Box Camp Trail In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

The Tucson basin

Santa Rita’s to the south

Hiking Box Camp trail

 

Leaving the tall pines

An existential moment

Illumination

— kenne


Cut Saguaro Ten Years Out   3 comments

I took this image in September 2011 while on my first Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) nature walk. 
I was so appalled that someone cut off the top of this young (probably 35-40 years old) saguaro cactus.

Sadly, over the years, I have frequently seen this type of vandalism.

This Image, taken July 27, 2021, illustrates the resiliency of nature. — Image by kenne

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns,
so that each small piece of her fabric reveals
the organization of the entire tapestry.

— Richard Feynman

 

Cactus Wren   1 comment

Cactus Wren — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Photography comes from the moment

existing at the time it was created.”

— kenne

Fiddleneck Wildflowers   1 comment

Fiddleneck Wildflowers — Image by kenne

always take the time
when you are walking outdoors
to look more closely

nature surprises
keep eyes wide open

— kenne

 

Marine Blue   3 comments

Marine Blues On a Green-headed Coneflower — Image by kenne

More rain over night

More sweat in the morning walk

Fewer walkers out

— kenne

Redwing Blackbird   Leave a comment

Redwing Blackbird (Sweetwater Wetlands, June 16,2021) — Image by kenne

The redwing blackbird

Not your average blackbird

A badge of honor.

— kenne

Green Heron Near Pond Slider Turtles   Leave a comment

Green Heron Near Pond Slider Turtles (Sweetwater Wetlands, June 16, 2021) — Image by kenne

The green heron looks tempted by the presence of the pond slider turtles before flying off in search of smaller prey.

— kenne

 

Duckweed Days At Sweetwater Wetlands   3 comments

Mallard Ducks on Emerald-green Duckweed Pond (Sweetwater Wetlands, June 16, 2021) — Image by kenne

Duckweed, an emerald-green hydroponic plant, has covered most ponds at the wetlands this summer. 
The plant, which grows on the water surface without soil, makes irregular warm-season appearances at
Sweetwater, which doubles as a wastewater treatment facility and lush wildlife habitat.

Duckweed is harmless and disappears naturally in the fall. It removes nitrates from the reclaimed water,
and it’s good for the ducks. It’s a plant that ducks eat, providing a lot of protein.

— kenne

 

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly   Leave a comment

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly — Image by kenne

The Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) is one of my favorite butterflies common in the Tucson area.  It is a
large butterfly with a wingspan of about 3.5 inches. This butterfly ranges throughout the U.S. and Central America.

Hutton’s Vireo   1 comment

Hutton’s Vireo — Image by kenne

Hutton’s Vireo is a small songbird that bears an uncanny resemblance to a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. They can be
found in the Pacific coastal regions, where they tend to be richer green and yellow. However, in southeastern
Arizona, they are grayer like this one I photographed recently in the Cienega Creek Preserve. 

— kenne

 
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