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Potted Lemon Tree   1 comment

Patio Lemon Tree — Image by kenne

We have had a potted Meyer lemon plant on our patio for several years.
We fertilize and water it regularly. The record-setting desert heat this year 
has been rough on our small plant. Some of the lemons formed splits in the surface.
This is the first year we have experienced the splitting. In addition to the hotter
than normal temperatures, we have had a little over two inches of rain,
which is about four inches less than normal for this time of year.

This year we still have 15 lemons on the plant, which is not a lot for this plant.
A couple years back we harvested 55 lemons.

— kenne

Hutch’s Pool Panorama   Leave a comment

Hutch’s Pool — Two Images Merged in Photoshop by kenne (11/18/11)

Image by Phil Bentley as I Was Photographing Around Hutch’s Pool (11/13/15)

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time
has not discovered the value of life.”

― Charles Darwin,

The Sky Above, The Earth Below   1 comment

View Above Hutch’s Pool In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

“In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant,
it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches,
and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.”

— John P. Milton

Death On A Sabino Canyon Trail   Leave a comment

Death On A Sabino Canyon Trail — Image by kenne

We name time when we say:

every thing has its time.

This means:

everything which actually is,

every being comes and goes at the right time

and remains for a time during the time allotted to it.

Every thing has its time.

— Martin Heidegger

Cactus Wren   1 comment

Cactus Wren In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

What is a fish without a river?

What is a bird without a tree to nest in?

What is an Endangered Species Act without

any enforcement mechanism to ensure

their habitat is protected? It is nothing.

— Jay Inslee

 

Arizona’s State Butterfly   Leave a comment

The Two-tailed Swallowtail is Arizona’s State Butterfly — Image by kenne

“The adult butterfly (also commonly called two-tailed tiger swallowtail) has yellow
to orangish-yellow wings edged thickly with black. Each wing has 4 almost parallel stripes

(the innermost stripe is the longest, while the outermost two may simply be bars).
The hindmost part of each wing has a curved row of blue patches and below the blue
are several bars or spots of orange. Two tails extend from the rear of the hind wing,
with the innermost tail considerably shorter.”

 

Fall In The Catalinas   Leave a comment

Fall In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

“Live each season as it passes;
breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit,
and resign yourself to the influences of each.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Upper Sabino Canyon Panorama   Leave a comment

Three images merged in Photoshop to create this Panorama by kenne

A November Hike To Hutch’s Pool   2 comments

Fall Colors Along Sabino Creek Hiking to Hutch’s Pool — Panorama by kenne

One of my favorite hikes is to Hutch’s Pool. In the past, the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN)
would guide a fall and spring hike, each hike having a many as 15 hikers.
However, like so many things, not this fall because of the pandemic.
The trail is open, but not for groups.

— kenne

* * * * *

I bear many scars,

but I also carry with me moments

that would not have happened

if I had not dared 

to go beyond my limits.

— Paulo Coelho

Crossing Sabino Creek Below Hutch’s Pool — Image by kenne

 

Making The Best Out Of What Remains   1 comment

Making The Best Out Of What Remains’ — Image by kenne

Hiking in the fall

The mountains drought continues

Still no sign of rain.

— kenne

Tarantula on Bug Springs Trail   1 comment

Tarantula on Bug Springs Trail (November 13, 2020) — Image by kenne

I spotted the young tarantula while hiking the Bug Springs trail last Friday
in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The trail’s elevation is between 5,000/6,000′
elevation as we continue hiking at lower levels of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

— kenne

Bakery Art In Aria Resort and Casino   Leave a comment

Bakery Art In Aria Resort and Casino — Image by kenne

Sitting Happy Buddha at Aria Resort And Casino   1 comment

Sitting Happy Buddha at Aria Resort And Casino — Image by kenne

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

— Buddha

 

Mountain Wildflowers   Leave a comment

Wildflowers on Mt. Lemmon, Santa Catalina Mountains — Images by kenne

What is the late November doing
With the disturbance of the spring
And creatures of the summer heat,
And snowdrops writhing under feet
And hollyhocks that aim too high
Red into grey and tumble down
Late roses filled with early snow?
Thunder rolled by the rolling stars
Simulates triumphal cars
Deployed in constellated wars
Scorpion fights against the sun
Until the Sun and Moon go down
Comets weep and Leonids fly
Hunt the heavens and the plains
Whirled in a vortex that shall bring
The world to that destructive fire
Which burns before the ice-cap reigns

— from Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot

Common Buckeye Butterfly   1 comment

Common Buckeye Butterfly (Junonia coenia) — Image by kenne

So, I begin researching articles on butterfly color and found “The evolution of color:
How butterfly wings can shift in hue” in ScienceDaily. They found that buckeyes
and other Junonia species can create a rainbow of structural colors simply by tuning
the thickness of the wing scale’s bottom layer (the lamina), which creates
iridescent colors in the same way a soap bubble does. 

“In each Junonia species, structural color came from the lamina. And they are producing
a big range of lamina thicknesses that create a rainbow of different colors, everything
from gold to magenta to blue to green,” says first author Rachel Thayer.
“This helps us understand how structural color has evolved over millions of years.”

You can find more information structured color at Marine Biological Laboratory.
(Please note, I’m a photographer, not a biologist.)

— kenne

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