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Stages   Leave a comment

Mt. Lemmon Trail 06-24-13Stages (Silverpuff Wildflower) — Image by kenne

So many life stages

Still, we group only a few

Let me count the ways.

— kenne

Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal with Brain Droppings Growing Into Thoughts   Leave a comment

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Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal Wildflower on Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

BRAIN DROPPINGS GROWING INTO THOUGHTS

Seeds waiting for gentle rain
Wildflowers rising out of time
Looking for the god of rain, Tlaloc
Hiking on a rainy afternoon
Trails temporarily becoming streams
Ferns moving in joyful motion
Standing still in the breeze
A poem with silent words
Being in rhythm with nature
Moving on toward oblivion
Eyes looking out of the darkness
Things of the spirit left behind
Words strange to my lips
Kika and the tree lizards
Happiness is a tiny white flower
Writing memories on the trails of time
Taking  the ordinary to a new level
Looking for a poem outside the words
Living in knowledge without knowing
Scoring love by the number of sunsets shared

— kenne

Indian Paintbrush Computer Art   Leave a comment

Indian Paintbrush art blogIndian Paintbrush Computer Art by kenne

Mountain Wildflowers

Spring on the mountains
Without rain only a few
Scattered here and there.

— kenne

Feasting On Saguaro Cactus Fruit   2 comments

Each spring the white-winged doves return from wintering in Mexico and the air is filled with their mating calls. The hoots and coos are so common they sometimes drown out the sounds of other birds.

White Winged Dove (1 of 1) blog

The return of the white-winged doves plays a very important role in the life cycle of the saguaro cactus. When saguaros flower, white-winged doves move from flower to flower, sipping nectar and pollinating the plant.

White-Winged Dove on Saguaro-1764 blogOnce the flowers become fruit, the doves have a new food source. The sweet fruit is filled with thousands of tiny seeds, which pass unharmed through the digestive system of the dove. If seeds are passed while the dove is perched on a tree or bush, that tree or bush might become a nurse plant to the growing saguaro. Such a plant protects the young saguaro from extreme weather and animals and greatly increases its chances of survival.

White-Winged Dove on Saguaro-1763 blogFor the Tohono O’odham, the saguaro cactus and its fruit (bahidaj) is a very important part of their heritage. The towering saguaro cactus provides both physical and spiritual sustenance for the people. With temperatures now over 100 degrees, the bahidaj is now ripening and being harvested by the Tohono O’odham.  (Images by kenne)

— kenne

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A June Sunrise In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

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Sabino Canyon Sunrise-1708 blogA June Sunrise In Sabino Canyon — Images by kenne

I believe in nothing, everything is sacred. I believe in everything, nothing is sacred.

— Tom Robbins

Memorial Day Nature-Hike on Mt. Lemmon — Photo Essay   1 comment

Memorial Day Nature-Hike on Mt. Lemmon — Images by kenne
(Click on any image to see a larger view in a slideshow format.)

First time on Mt. Lemmon since last November. At 9,200 feet only a few wildflowers are in the beginning stages of blooming. On this Memorial Day in Tucson, it’s 100 degrees, but it was a pleasant 65 degrees on Mt. Lemmon.

The SCVN Friday Hikes begin this Friday on Mt. Lemmon.

Naturalist David Dean conducts Wildflower Hike. Click here for dates and reservation information.

— kenne

 

Spider In Its Web   Leave a comment

DSC_1605Spider II blogSpider In Its Web — Image by kenne

“Said the cunning spider to the fly, “Dear friend, what shall I do,
To prove the warm affection I’ve always felt for you?
I have within my pantry good store of all that’s nice;
I’m sure you’re very welcome; will you please to take a slice?”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “kind sir, that cannot be;
I’ve heard what’s in your pantry, and I do not wish to see.”

— from The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt

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