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Careless-weed Has Taken Over The Tanque Verde Wash Trails   2 comments

Images by kenne (Click on any of the images to see in a slide-show format.)

October is the time of year the Turkey Vultures are migrating south to Mexico, and for years they would overnight near the Tanque Verde Wash. 
I have many images of them in the trees near the wash. I planned to photograph again this year but was waiting to see the vultures circling up, 
usually around 8:30 AM. By this time in October, we have counted hundreds leaving in the mornings circling above headed south to Mexico. 

For days now, I’ve been looking skyward for the circling vultures with no sign of them. Was it climate change delaying the annual migration? Where were the turkey vultures? Maybe I had not been paying attention. 

So, this morning I grabbed my camera and walked down to the wash. I had not walked the trails along the wash since before the
summer monsoon.
What I discovered was shocking. First, there were no vultures to be seen. Second, almost all the trails had disappeared,
covered by two to three
meters of careless-weed (Palmer amaranth). This year’s heavy rains in July and August had brought on
a massive crop of this native weed.
I walked through thick weeds, sometimes over my head. When I did find parts of a trail, its
path would soon disappear in the weeds. 

Still, I kept walking, trying to find some old markers, especially the Margarita Berg memorial. Margarita had passed away in the spring of 2010, months before we moved to Tanuri Ridge in late June. At the time, I would often spend early mornings
walking the trails near the Tanque Verde wash, 
and in doing so, I discovered the memorial under a mesquite tree near the wash.
In fact, it was too close to the wash that the tree 
and the memorial were washed away in the winter of 2019.
However, pieces of the original monument were found and placed at the foot 
of another mesquite tree much farther north of the wash. 

After spending over an hour walking through the weeds, I found the memorial, hidden by all the careless-weeds — a weed worthy of its name.

As for the turkey vultures nowhere to be seen, could all the careless-weed growth of two to three meters cause them to feel their usual perches 
are now too close to the ground?

— kenne

A Walk Around The Bailey’s Homestead   3 comments

We arrived in Grantham, New Hampshire August 18th, where we spent a few days with daughter Kate
and her family. In between some misty rain showers, I spent some time walking around their 17-acre
homestead. It’s a beautiful place — so peaceful.

— kenne

Red Rock Country — Sedona   6 comments

Last week James, Jill, and Hugh visited us for six days from Houston. In addition to taking in sites around Tucson,
we went north to Sedona, Flagstaff, and The Grand Canyon. Here are a few images from the Sedona area.

— kenne 

Celebrating Audrey’s 13th Birthday — A Photo-Essay   1 comment

Celebrating Granddaughter Audrey’s Birthday in Short Pump (August 14, 2021) Photo Essay by kenne
(Click on any image to see in a slideshow format.)

We planned our August road trip to be in the Richmond area for Audrey’s 13th birthday —
I collect moments.

— kenne

“I close my eyes
Only for a moment,
then the moment’s gone
All my dreams
Pass before my eyes, a curiosity

Same old song
Just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do
Crumbles to the ground,
though we refuse to see

Now, don’t hang on
Nothing lasts forever
but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money
won’t another minute buy

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind.”

— Kerry Livgren, guitarist in the band Kansas

Visiting Family In Short Pump, Virginia — Photo-Essay   Leave a comment

Images by kenne (August 13-14, 2021)
(Click on any of the images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

We arrived in Short Pump in the late afternoon on August 13th, where we would spend the next three days with Jason and family. 

Short Pump is a suburb of Richmond, Virginia. The population was 24,729 at the 2010 census. 

This posting is the second of three that will be shared of our stay in Short Pump. 

Here’s a link to the first posting — https://kenneturner.com/2021/09/09/time-with-grandchildren-at-swimming-pool-a-photo-essay/

The older grandchildren will be part of the third in this series of three postings on our visit to Short Pump.

— kenne

Happy 16th Birthday To Nicholas Bailey   4 comments

Nick Bailey (August 20, 2021) In Portland Maine — Images by kenne

 

Nick with Mom, and Granddad, November 25, 2006 — (Birth Date, September 13, 2005)

Young men, your age want to grow up too fast.

My best gift for your 16th birthday is: don’t rush. 

Take your time, enjoy your youth, party like crazy,

and make responsible decisions.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NICK!

 

US Coast Guard Historic District   2 comments

Sullivan’s Island Life-Saving Station (August 12, 2021) — Images by kenne

The United States Life Saving Service, USLSS, was conceived out of a dire need for a lifesaving network.
Until 1878, the only source for those in trouble at sea were lighthouse keepers, volunteers,
and private vessels that happened to be nearby.

 

Charleston Snapshots   Leave a comment

Charleston (August 11, 2021) — Snapshots by kenne
(Click On Any Image for Slideshow)

 

Streets of Savannah   2 comments

Savannah Skyline as Seen from the Doubletree Hotel — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Savannah Street Snapshots As We Walked to Breakfast Near the City Market — Images by kenne
(Click On Any Gallery Images For A Larger View)

Time With Grandchildren At Swimming Pool — A Photo Essay   2 comments

Images by kenne (August 14, 2021) — Click On Any Image To See In Slideshow Format.

After spending time driving and sightseeing in the southeast (as COVID-19 was spiking through the area)
we made it to Richmond, VA, where we spent time with family (Jason, April, Cayden, Cayla, Audrey, and Robin).
This was our first opportunity to spend time with
our new grandchildren Cayla and Cayden.

— kenne

National Voting Rights Museum and Institute– Photo Essay   1 comment

Entrance To The National Voting Rights Museum & Institute in Salma, ALabama (August 10, 2021)– Image by kenne

Located in the Historic District of Selma, Alabama at the foot of the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge,
the scene of “Bloody Sunday,” the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute is the cornerstone of the
contemporary struggle for voting rights and human dignity.

This was a special stop on our August Road Trip.

Images by kenne
(Click On Any Gallery Photo for Larger View.)

On The Road–Sundance Square   2 comments

Our second night on the road was spent in Ft. Worth. Before going to our hotel, we spent some time in Sundance Square,
located downtown Ft. Worth.

Sundance Square (August 8, 2021) — Photo Essay by kenne

Texas Sandhills State Park   1 comment

One of our stops in Texas after leaving Pecos was the the Texas Sandhills State Park. Here are a few images from our brief stay in the park.
— Images by kenne

Texas Sandhills State Park

Texas Sandhills State Park

Texas Sandhills State Park

Texas Sandhills State Park

Texas Sandhills State Park

First Stop, Pecos, Texas   2 comments

Over the years, we have recorded many miles traveling I-10 east and west, but for our east coast road trip,
we left I-10 before Ft. Stockton taking I-20 to Pecos on our way to the Dallas/Ft. Worth.

After checking in at the Hampton Inn, we decided to go to dinner at The All American Inn,
which just happen to be located across the street from the historical Judge Roy Bean building.

As Joy and I often do we shared our dinner, this night a spicy southwestern hamburger and order of fries.
However, the burger was not cut in half when served, so we asked for a knife. Our server, a young Vietnam girl
(maybe 12 years old), said it was not cut because they didn’t have any knives, none in the place; but she could
bring us a plastic fork. Have you ever tried to half a hamburger with a plastic fork — it’s not easy.

A Vietnamese family owns the restaurant, and on this Saturday evening, the father, daughter, and very young boys were there.

The burger had plenty of spicy souce and  jalapeño. Other than being extremely hot, it was very tasty.

The youngest boy was fighting to stay awake while watching a movie.

All in all, the day was a good start to our rode trip. — kenne and joy

Butterflies And Desert Flowers After Monsoon Rains   2 comments

Surphur Butterflies on Creosole Bush Blossoms In Sabino Canyon (July 27, 2021) — Images by kenne 

The recent monsoon rains have greened up the canyon, bringing out a lot of butterflies.
Unfortunately, I only had my 18-70 mm lens, so trying to photograph
the mostly surphur butterflies became challenging.

— kenne

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