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Mt. Lemmon Is Dry!   2 comments

Mt. Lemmon Is Dry — Image by kenne

The Summer monsoon officially starts today.

However, nature didn’t get the message.

Whether in the desert valley or the mountains

the drought continues to preach the southwest.

Will this monsoon season be another nonsoom?

kenne

Ocotillo Blossoms   1 comment

Casa Grande Ruins

Ocotillo Blossoms — Image by kenne

This gray stick of thorns

Will blossom the torch of peace

Loved by hummingbirds.

— kenne

 

Hawking Pizza In Tucson   Leave a comment

Hawking Pizza In Tucson — Image by kenne

Hot days of summer

One hundred ten in Tucson

Always pizza time.

— kenne

Pond Slider — No Words Friday   Leave a comment

Pond Slider (Lake Houston, October 25, 2013) — HDR Image by kenne

 

Black Saddlebags Dragonfly   3 comments

Black Saddlebags Dragonfly — Image by kenne

Saddlebags skimmer
A large black blotch on each wing
Ready to travel.

— kenne

Variegated Fritillary Butterfly with Rough Edges   Leave a comment

Variegated Fritillary Butterfly — Image by kenne

The edges are rough

Fluidity in motion

Good but not perfect.

— kenne

Granite Ridge   Leave a comment

Wilderness of Rocks Trail In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Piute Creek

BY GARY SNYDER
 
One granite ridge
A tree, would be enough
Or even a rock, a small creek,
A bark shred in a pool.
Hill beyond hill, folded and twisted   
Tough trees crammed
In thin stone fractures
A huge moon on it all, is too much.   
The mind wanders. A million
Summers, night air still and the rocks   
Warm.   Sky over endless mountains.   
All the junk that goes with being human   
Drops away, hard rock wavers
Even the heavy present seems to fail   
This bubble of a heart.
Words and books
Like a small creek off a high ledge   
Gone in the dry air.
 
. . . continue reading

 

Little Potted Cactus On The Patio   Leave a comment

Little Potted Cactus On The Patio — Image by kenne

“Its object of desire being infinite, art’s movement will
never cease to be carried perpetually forward, for it
will never discover a limit to what it seeks.”

— Saint Gregory of Nyassa

Happiness   4 comments

Happiness — Image by kenne

I remember sitting there looking out over the valley,
there was such a sense of circumstance.
You know, that feeling that this is happiness.
It was the moment, right then.

— kenne

 

 

Life Turned Around   3 comments

Turned Around — Image by kenne

Turned around,
Here am I.
Knowing how,
Not the why.

Young in heart
Old in age.
Feeling the itch,
Pacing the cage.

Inner peace,
Knowing the thou.
Learning to write
Thesis of now.

Turned around,
Found love.
Living the moment,
Free as a dove.

Still learning,
When to talk.
Listening for,
Beat of the walk.

Reality is now,
Truth in the heart.
Singing the knowledge,
Requiem to smart.

Turned around,
Found beauty in art.
Traveling the future,
With Dylan and Descartes

— 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

Yellow-eyed Junco On Old Mining Wheel   2 comments

Yellow-eyed Junco On Old Mining Wheel — Image by kenne

Old friends? They mostly vanish, they are ghosts out on the road
Some turned around, threw up their hands, and disappeared
Like old folk songs, their stories change, fairytales of love and pain
Another verse, another chorus, one more year.

— from The Light Beyond the Coyote Fence by Tom Russell

Giant Reed   Leave a comment

Giant Reed In The Tanque Verde Wash — Image by kenne

Giant reed is an invasive grass common to riparian areas, streams, and rivers throughout the Southwest.
It thrives in moist soils (moderately saline or freshwater), sand dunes, and wetland areas. 

Giant reed forms dense, monocultural stands and often crowds out native vegetation for soil moisture, nutrients, and space.
When dry, it is highly flammable and becomes a fire danger in riparian habitats unaccustomed to sustaining fire.
It uses far more water than native vegetation, thus disturbing the natural flood regime.

Shoots and stems grow rapidly (as much as 4 inches per day during spring), outpacing native plant growth.
Shallow parts of the root system along stream edges are susceptible to undercutting, which contributes to bank
collapse and spreading of reproductive parts downstream. Giant reed grows back quickly following a fire,
thereby increasing its dominance over native riparian species.

I spotted this growth out in the Tanque Verde wash while walking the trail near the wash the other morning.

— kenne

Source: Forest Service

 

Bird On The Forest Floor   Leave a comment

Bird on the Forest Floor — Image by kenne

Solitary bird

In the shadow of the trees

Loneliness to us.

— kenne

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