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Broad-bill Hummingbird Morning   Leave a comment

Broad-bill Hummingbird At Patio Feeder (September 17, 2022) — Images by kenne

Broad-banded Swallowtail Visit Lemon Plant   2 comments

This Morning a Broad-banded Swallowtail Visited Our Potted Lemon Plant on the Patio — Images by kenne

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

Western Giant Swallowtail   Leave a comment

Western Giant Swallowtail — Images by kenne

Swallowtail

a floating lightness
effortless Waving..
a particle transforming
black to yellow
then to thin air..
lighting on shrub
but not really..
energetic reminder
empty space
is not empty…

— CharlesC

Gila Woodpeckers Frequently Visit Our Patio   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpeckers Frequently Visit Our Patio (July 10, 2022) — Images by kenne
Having Water and Food Available Daily Attracts Many Birds

“Gila Woodpeckers are grayish brown birds with brilliant black-and-white barring on the wings, back, and tail.
In flight, the outer wings are black with a crescent-shaped white patch at the base of the primary feathers.
Males have a red patch in the center of the crown.” –
– Source: allaboutbirds.org

Pyrrhuloxia At Our Patio Fountain   3 comments

We haven’t seen too many Pyrrhuoxias coming to the feeder and fountain this summer,

but this guy is interested in cooling off from our triple-digit temperatures here in Tucson.

This Pyrrhuoxia looks like an immature male because of the dark bill. Adults have a yellow bill.

— kenne

Pyrrhuloxia (July 17, 2022) — Images by kenne

Heat And The Hawk A Photo-Essay   Leave a comment

One doesn’t usually see cooper’s hawk standing on the ground, so when I spotted this on the circle
curb I got my camera, first being careful not to spook the hawk. 

Slowly, I moved closer, realizing this was an immature hawk that might be having problems
with our 110-degree temps and was spending time in the shade.

The cooper’s hawk watches me closely as I continue to narrow my distance from the bird.

I start to move to the hawk’s right trying to create a different angle to photograph this young bird.

Finally, the cooper’s hawk began to move toward flight. — Images by kenne

 

A 4th 0f July Bath — Photo Essay   6 comments

On this 4th of July morning, I observed a Cooper’s Hawk bathing in our patio fountain.
Many birds drink from the fountain and occasionally will splash water on themselves.
However
, this morning was the first time I witnessed a hawk bathing in the water.

— kenne

Images by kenne

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway   3 comments

Looking Down Through Chino Canyon To The Coachella Valley Below (Greater Palm Springs) — Image by kenne

 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway — Photo Essay by kenne
(Click On Any Image To See In A Slideshow Format

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles
along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto
State Park. During a ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular
vistas of the valley floor below. Once reaching the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy two restaurants,
observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, a gift shop, and over 50 miles of hiking trails.

Tramway Video by kenne

Blue Jays — A Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Blue Jay (Kingwood, Texas, May 27, 2022) — Photo Essay by kenne
(Click on any image to see all in a slideshow format.)

Graduation Pool Party, Atascocita, Texas   Leave a comment

The Resendez and Turner Families Hosted a Pool Party for Graduates Katelyn Turner
and Robert Resendez in Atascocita, Texas, May 29, 2022 — Images by kenne
(Click on any image to view in slideshow format.)

Katelyn and Re Ann (On the Left) Jumping In The Pool

Redwing Blackbirds At Sweetwater Wetlands   Leave a comment

Redwing Blackbirds Are Very Common At The Sweetwater Wetlands Park In Tucson (April 29, 2022) — Images by kenne

More Cactus Blossoms   1 comment

Prickly Pear Cactus Blossoms — Images by kenne

Most people, when asked to identify a yellow spring flower would probably identify daffodils.
But, in the sunny Tucson area, most people would say the prickly pear cactus blossom,
or the palo verde blossoms.

Yellow is a warm and friendly color and most associated with is the sun. During spring,
it almost seems like the sun changes its light from a cold white to a warm and glowy yellow.

Roadrunner Images For Hugh — A Photo Essay   2 comments

I’ve taken many roadrunner photos in the almost 12 years we have lived in Tucson. This photo essay is representative of the images. 
Last October, Hugh Poland and I spent some time photographing wildlife in southern Arizona, and he was most disappointed in not seeing any Greater Roadrunners. However, he’s planning an August trip to attend a Tucson Audubon Society event here in southeast Arizona.
So maybe he will see and photograph some roadrunners. (Click on any image to view it in a slideshow format.)

— kenne

The Ole Roadrunner
(For Sara from Uncle Johnny)
 
Want to tell you a story
Bout a bird that can run.
He can fly up in trees, but
To race is more fun.
He’s a runner at heart
He lurks like a trickster
Darts out on the road
Goes faster and faster.
He’s sleek, and he’s quick
Keep watch and don’t blink
Out he will jump
And be gone in a wink.
Not easy to catch
Roadrunners are wary
To chase is to fail
Ask Wile E Coyote’!
Birds like to sing
To cheep and to peep.
This one is different
He likes to Beep.
So when out in the car
Keep your eye on the road
If you see something running
It might be this Ole Bird.
Beep Beep!
 
— John Deen

Greater Roadrunner — Southeast Arizona Images by kenne

Yacca Blossoms — Springtime In The Sonoran Desert   Leave a comment

Yacca Blossoms — Springtime In The Sonoran Desert — B&W Images by kenne

You will find that it is necessary to let things go;

simply for the reason that they are heavy.

— Sayings

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