Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Bee On Goldeneye   Leave a comment

Bee On Goldeneye — Image by kenne

“We are plants which—

whether we like to admit it to ouselves or not—

must with our roots rise out of the earth

in order to bloom in the ether and to bear fruit.”

— from Works by Johann Peter Hebel

Cactus Wren   1 comment

Cactus Wren — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Photography comes from the moment

existing at the time it was created.”

— kenne

Pincushion Cactus Flowers   Leave a comment

Pincushion Cactus Flowers — Image by kenne

When most people think of cactus in the Sonoran Desert, the image that comes to mind is the giant saguaro cactus. 
The saguaro grows only in the Sonoran Desert is one of the largest cacti. The saguaro cactus is a symbol of the American Southwest. 
Its inner meaning expresses the idea of standing tall, adapting to the environment, and providing shelter and nourishment for others.
Given its stature and authority, it holds a grandfatherly type of wisdom. 

Because saguaros are so common in the Tucson area, it is home to one of this nation’s national parks, the Saguaro National Park. 
However, it is not the most common cactus in the Sonoran Desert. That honor goes to the little pincushion cactus. 
Being so small and often in the shadows of the giant saguaro, their chances of being noticed are slim unless they are blooming.

— kenne

 

Monsoon Strom Over The Mountains   1 comment

Monsoon Strom Over The Mountains — Image by kenne

monsoon strom comes forth

building over the mountains

much needed rain falls

— kenne

Ready For Takeoff   1 comment

Ready for Takeoff (Cooper’s Hawk)– Image by kenne

ready for takeoff

flying comes naturally

not a leap of faith

— kenne

Three Marine Blue Butterflies   1 comment

Three Marine Blue Butterfies On a Green-headed Coneflower (White Mountains) — Image by kenne

three is not a crowd

whole field of the present view

things which are before

— kenne

The Desert New Normal   1 comment

The Desert New Normal — Photo-Artistry by kenne

desert’s new normal

higher hot and dry levers

get use to it now

— kenne

Macromeria   Leave a comment

Macromeria Wildflowers — Image by kenne

rain on the mountain

brings forth many wildflowers

spring blooms in July

— kenne

Common Yarrow — Mt. Lemmon   Leave a comment

Common Yarrow (Mt. Lemmon) Image by kenne

Out of the darkness
Daylight casts long dark shadows
Soon to disappear.

— kenne

Shifting Gears   Leave a comment

Bee On Desert Chicory (Santa Catalina Mountains) — Image by kenne

You should always know 
when you’re shifting gears
in life.

You should leave your era,
it should never leave you.

— Leontyne Price

Bee On Whitestem Blazingstar Wildflower   Leave a comment

Bee On Whitestem Blazingstar Wildflower (Mt. Lemmon) — Image by kenne

These first days of summer are like the pail
of blueberries that we poured out together
into the iron sink in the basement —

a brightness unleashed and spilling over
with tiny bell-shaped flowers, the windows
opened and the shrubs overwhelming the house

like the memory of a forgotten country, Nature,
with its wandering migrations and changing borders,
its thickets, woodlands, bee-humming meadows . . .

— from Summer Surprised Us by Edward Hirsch

Red Bordered Satye Butterfly   Leave a comment

Red Bordered Satye Butterfly — Image by kenne

What are you doing?

Did you not hear the word no?

Too proud to answer?

— kenne

Sagebrush Checkerspot Butterfly   2 comments

Sagebrush Checkerspot Butterfly On Green-headed Coneflower (White Mountains) — Image by kenne

Nature in a drought

Struggles harness to survive 

Still no broken hearts.

— kenne

 

Succulent Graveyard   Leave a comment

Succulent Graveyard (Normally drought resistant plants having trouble surviving.) — Images by kenne

When we moved to Tucson eleven years ago, a small patch of succulents (a type of aloe) grew on the rocky slope next to the house. I have not watered them, but the past year we have had very little rain; many have died, and those not dead the tips have dried up in an attempt to save the plant. There were no flowers this spring.

So, I decided to pull up each plant. For several days I spent early mornings pulling up each aloe plant. Now I have to bag what remains.

— kenne

Silver-spotted Skipper   Leave a comment

Silver-spotted Skipper — Image by kenne

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight,
and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

― from The Critic as Artist by Oscar Wilde

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