Desert Grunge Art by kenne
“The more a person knows of himself,
the more he will hesitate to define his nature
and to assert what he must necessarily feel,
and the more he will be astounded
at his capacity to feel
in unsuspected and unpredictable ways.”
— Alan Watts
Prickly Pear Blossom — Painting by kenne
“. . . the truth is that as soon as you start walking,
all that noise, all those rumours, fade out.
What’s new? Nothing:
the calm eternity of things, endlessly renewed.”
— Frédéric Gros
Painted Lady — Zen Art by kenne
“Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly,
fluttering hither and thither,
to all intents and purposes a butterfly.
I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly,
unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked,
and there I was, veritably myself again.
Now I do not know whether I was then
a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
or whether I am now a butterfly,
dreaming I am a man.”
Heartleaf Goldeneye (April 13, 2017) — Computer Art by kenne
But it’s all still there in my heart and soul.
The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure —
they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days to come,
like a treasure found and then, voluntarily, surrendered.
Returned to the mountains with my blessing.
It leaves a golden glowing on the mind.”
— from “Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside” by Edward Abbey,
On Thursday of this past week, Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists were teaching two first grade classes about predator and prey in a program we call “Now You See It.” My responsibility for the month of April is to coordinate the Thursday schedule with the teachers. Once the children are in the canyon, my job is one of “managing by walking around.”
While in the riparian area near the creek and dam I could hear a nearby cooper’s hawk. Following the sound, I spotted him on a dead limb high above the creek where he had caught a small bird. What a “real time” example of predator and prey for the day’s lesson. What follows are images and a video of the encounter, which I shared with the children.
(Click on any of the tiled images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)
Cooper’s Hawk Images and Video by kenne
Predator And Prey — Cooper’s Hawk
The varying modes of flight exhibited by our diurnal birds of prey
have always been to me a subject of great interest,
especially as by means of them I have found myself enabled
to distinguish one species from another,
to the farthest extent of my power of vision.
— John James Audubon
Joy and Katelyn, January 2006 — Image by kenne
Though she be but little, she is fierce.
— William Shakespeare
Sunset Wall Panorama by kenne
Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
— Rabindranath Tagore