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Thank Heaven For Little Girls   Leave a comment

Misc 02-08-13“Thank Heaven For Little Girls” (Hoping they grow up with an appreciation and respect for nature.)
— Image by Their Classroom Teacher

“Thank heaven for little girls
Thank heaven for them all
No matter where,
No matter who
Without them
What would little boys do
Thank heaven
Thank heaven
Thank heaven for little girls.”

— from Thank Heaven For Little Girls by Alan Jay Lerner / Frederick Loewe

Learning To Love Nature   3 comments

Teaching Kids In Sabino Canyon-blogAnother Fall of Teaching Children About Nature In Sabino Canyon 

For some,
It’s a lot of yada, yada, yada
For others,
A real learning experience
Forming a lifetime of respect.

— kenne

Signs of Spring In The Canyon   2 comments

London Rocket-blogLondon Rocket (Sisymbrium irio) In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Spring is beginning
to push aside old winter
bringing on new life.

— kenne

 

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw   Leave a comment

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw-Edit-2-blogSandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Sandhill Cranes wintering in southeast Arizona and northern Sonora many have migrated from their nesting area in Siberia. 

Whitewater Draw is an Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Area is of state and regional significance as the primary wintering area for Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) in Arizona and includes both the Lesser (most numerous) and Greater subspecies. Located in the southern Sulphur Springs Valley, cranes are coming from both the Rocky Mountain population and Mid-Continental population. The area also supports wintering Snow Geese (80-200) and a few Ross?s Geese (occasional to 40). Counts of Sandhill Cranes in early January have steadily climbed from 4,000 in 1991 to over 22,000 in 2008 at Whitewater Draw, with another 13,000 present 36 miles north in the Willcox Playa area, and another 600 present in the far north of Sulphur Springs Valley at Bonita, AZ, and 400 present in the Safford Valley near Duncan. The Greater subspecies breeds in the northern states of the continental U.S., and the Lesser subspecies, breeds from Alaska and eastern Siberia. (Source: Audubon.org)

Every year the town of Wilcox hosts Wings Over Wilcox — Birding and Nature Festival (January 17-20, 2019). Birds have been arriving for weeks now — the birds have their own schedule.

— kenne

Ragged Edges   1 comment

Variegated Fritillary-Edit-1-blogRagged Edges (Variegated Fritillary Butterfly) — Image by kenne

Ragged Edges

Butterflies attract
Attention to their beauty
Even when ragged.

The ragged edges
Are lost to the beholder —
Beauty is lasting.

Knowing what it is
Can cover reality
So to please the eye.

— kenne

 

Dragonfly   1 comment

Dragonfly2013-7998 blogBlue Dragonfly — Image by kenne

The Dragon-fly

Today I saw the dragon-fly
Come from the wells where he did lie.
An inner impulse rent the veil
Of his old husk: from head to tail
Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.
He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;
Thro’ crofts and pastures wet with dew
A living flash of light he flew.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Photo Artistry   Leave a comment

Southern California September 2012Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Photo Artistry by kenne

Butterflies . . .
flowers that fly
and all but sing.

— Robert Frost

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