Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Painted Lady Butterfly   Leave a comment

Painted Lady Butterfly — Image by kenne

All things flourish, and each returns to its source.

— Lao Tzu

The First Returners   2 comments

After the Big Horn Forest Fire — Image by kenne

As the first returners, ferns, and mosses are some of the greenery we see after a fire.
They have rhizomes, horizontal stems tucked away underground that stay protected and often survive moderate fires.

— kenne

Shadows In The Canyon   Leave a comment

Shadows In The Canyon — Image by kenne

The sun hit the sides of the rock, creating shadows that swallowed the canyon trail as we hiked the canyon.

Looking left and right, we took a deep breath to appreciate where we are.

There are certain places that have the energetic power to serve as a teacher.

The canyons of the Santa Catalina Mountains are exactly that.

It’s a place that requires no words but can provide untold lessons.

It’s a place that will challenge your perspective without asking anything from you.

— kenne

White Pelicans In Flight Over Lake Houston   Leave a comment

American White Pelicans White Over in East Texas — Photo Gallery by kenne

Lakes, marshes, salt bays. In breeding season mostly inland, nesting on isolated islands in lakes and feeding on shallow lakes, rivers, marshes.
Feeding areas may be miles from nesting sites. Also breeds locally on coastal islands. Flocks in migration stop on lakes, rivers.
Winters mainly along coast, on shallow, protected bays and estuaries, also on large lakes in warm climates. Source: audubon.org

Bear Wallow On Mt. Lemmon   Leave a comment

Bear Wallow On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

In spray-paint, psychedelic, gaudy,
Fall scrawls its name – a blunt and bawdy
Challenge to the complacent wood.
We say: there goes the neighborhood;
It is not and it cannot come to good.
Soon, flustered leaves will sag like torn
Wallpaper; solid dark walls, worn
Through here and there, exposed a bitter
Sky while, on the bare ground, litter
And stub ends pile up everywhere.
Not even one green plant would dare
Poke its nose out in the crude air
Of catch-as-catch-can thievery, lust,
Cut-throat protection and sick trust.
Where year by year we walked together
Determined paths, a wilder atmosphere
Wheels in, flaunting its chains, blades and black leather.

— from Autumn Variations by W. D. Snodgrass

Nature’s Christmas Tree   Leave a comment

Nature’s Christmas Tree (Mt. Lemmon) — Image by kenne

falling leaves

landing on branches

decorate

— kenne

 

Winter Solstice, 2022   Leave a comment

 
Winter solstice 2022 in Northern Hemisphere will be at 2:47 PM on Wednesday, December 21 MST — Photo-Artistry by kenne

 

The waxing of the sun, that

moment of solstice when

everything is still,

everything is silent —

an exotic moment of being

with darkness

giving birth to light

to which we celebrate

the relationship,

the moment of being

in the birthplace of life.

— kenne

My Nature Photos — A Poem   Leave a comment

Bee On New Mexico Fleabane — Image by kenne

my nature photos
masking layers of art filters
creating my art

digital painting
colors become transparent
blending together

i have become a
digital photo artist
uniting my hands

whatever my tools
technology empowers
the will and desire

i seek to be good
i seek to communicate
not to be perfect

i seek the duende
to find my kindred feelings
in all that i do

— kenne

Saguaros On The Sunny Side of A Hill   Leave a comment

Always More Saguaros On The Sunny Side of A Hill ( November 8, 2022, in Sabino Canyon) — Image by kenne

Saguaros love sunlight, so the southern part of a ridge or hill will attract the growth of many saguaros.

 

Forest Floor   Leave a comment

Forest Floor — Abstract Art by kenne

Moisture tends to bring out the colors

of old dried wood helping to color the

forest floor during the mountain rains.

— kenne

Autumn On Mt. Lemmon — A Panorama   Leave a comment

Autumn On Mt. Lemmon — A Panorama by kenne

Leaves begin to fall

Here high on Mt. Lemmon

Now wearing long sleeves.

— kenne

After All Is Exhausted, Nature Remains   Leave a comment

Sunset — Image by kenne

After you have exhausted what there is
in business, politics, conviviality, and so on –
have found that none of these finally satisfy,
or permanently wear – what remains?
Nature remains.”

— Walt Whitman

Sleepy Orange & Dainty Sulphur Butterflies   Leave a comment

Sleepy Orange & Dainty Sulphur Butterflies On Narrow-leaf Aster Wildflowers (Santa Catalina Mountains) — Image by kenne

“And anyway, what is the difference between self-knowledge and self-obsession?
One encourages a defeat of the ego, the other encourages a feeding of the ego.
One a deeper experience of connection to ourselves, which enables a more 
nourishing connection to others. The other, disdain for the deeper needs of the self,
which leads to disdain of others.”

— from On Connection by Kae Tempest

Southern Dogface # 7   Leave a comment

Southern Dogface # 7 — Image by kenne

The southern dogface is a common butterfly this time of year here in Tucson,
and they are especially attracted to the Mexican Bird of Paradise blossoms. 

Though nothing can bring back the hour      

Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;     

      We will grieve not, rather find     

      Strength in what remains behind; 

      In the primal sympathy    

      Which having been must ever be;

      In the soothing thoughts that spring       

      Out of human suffering;   

      In the faith that looks through death,     

In years that bring the philosophic mind.

— from 536. Ode Intimations of Immortality by William Wordsworth

Great Western Swallowtail Butterfly   3 comments

Great Western Swallowtail Butterfly — Photo Essay by kenne

with one tail missing

the swallowtail stays on track

not missing a beat

— kenne

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