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A Lesson On Correcly Identifying Monarch, Queen and Viceroy Butterflies   Leave a comment

The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) have been preparing a new kit for Elementary School Program, which will be on pollinators. I was asked to provide some photos of pollinators. One of the photos first appeared on this blog in a grunge art piece I did in September of 2015, which I mistakenly identified as a viceroy.

Viceroy Butterfly on Buttonbush (1 of 1)-3 blog

One of the Pollinators kit developers is SCVN member Fred Heath, whom we consider our butterfly expert. Fred let me know that I had misidentified the butterfly —

“The orange and black butterfly is a Queen and not a Viceroy.
As you probably know, the Viceroy is a mimic of the Monarch and Queen.
In the east where there are more Monarchs than Queens,
the Viceroy is a brighter orange. Out west and in the south where there are more
Queens than Monarchs the Viceroy is more of a burnt orange like the Queen.
The one quick way to distinguish between the Queen and the Viceroy,
that that the Viceroy has a black median band,
which goes across the hindwing and the Queen doesn’t have that band.

This mistake is made a lot. There was a billboard that advertised Mexico and the Monarchs,
but the butterfly in the billboard is a Viceroy.
When I google Viceroy, the first picture they show is a Monarch.” 

Monarch, Viceroy, Queen image001Fred Heath Slide for One of His Butterfly Presentations

 

Greater Roadrunner Sitting On Nest   3 comments

Nesting Roadrunner blogGreater Roadrunner Sitting On Nest In A Cholla Cacti — Image by kenne

A capitalist society requires a culture based on images.
It needs to furnish vast amounts of entertainment in order to
stimulate buying and anesthetize the injuries of class, race, and sex.”

—  from “On Photography” by Susan Sontag

Spring Break at Sabino Creek   Leave a comment

Spring Break at Sabino Creek-1566- blog IISpring Break at Sabino Creek — Image by kenne

Children enjoy their
Spring break at Sabino creek
I turn and go back.

— kenne

An Ocotillo Morning In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

Ocotillo IMG_3786 blog

Ocotillo-1595 blogOcotillo Blooming In Sabino Canyon — Images by kenne

Fouquieria splendens (commonly known as ocotillo American Spanish: [okoˈtiʝo], but also referred to as coachwhip, candlewood, slimwood, desert coral, Jacob’s staff, Jacob cactus, and vine cactus) is a plant indigenous to the Sonoran Desert and Chihuahuan Desert in the Southwestern United States (southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas), and northern Mexico (as far south as Hidalgo and Guerrero).

Nature Photography For Middle School Students   6 comments

For five years I have taught nature photography to seventh-grade students as part of a “Science Day” in Sabino Canyon. I recently received some thank you notes, and a few are shared here.

Science Day-1601 blog

Thank you for teaching us about photography and how it is supposed to reflect us.

*****

Thank you so much for volunteering to teach us about photography!
I learned a lot about finding things in nature to photograph,
and I will definitely use it in the future!

*****

Thank you for teaching us how to take awesome pics,
I showed my mom, she says it cool.

Science Day-1600 blog

Of all the classes I took part in during my time in the hummingbird course,
your photography walk was by far my favorite.
I started photography when I was about 8,
and being able to take photos in Sabino was a privilege.
I will definitely remember what you taught us. Thank you!

*****

You have taught me a lot between life and photography.
I have learned the relationship between philosophy and photography.

*****

Thank you for teaching us so much about the environment in Sabino Canyon
and how to look for something to photograph in the canyon.
Thank you for spending your time with us instead of being around
a group of non-disruptive people.

Science Day-1605 blog

You were so thoughtful and had a lot of knowledge.
You were also super funny, and fun to learn and hike with.

*****

Thank you for volunteering your time for us to have a better experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed your photography lesson and advice.
Thank you for teaching me to capture the moment
in nature with a photo and that photo being “yourself.”

Does It Matter . . .   3 comments

Saguaro Cactus B&W-1154 blog.jpgSaguaro Cactus In Sabino Canyon — Black & White Image by kenne

“Does it matter whether one is required to complete the work
or whether one is free to desist from the work
if you must meet a final art that certainly you did not make?”

*****

“Philosophical problems are conceptual confusions
that arise when a form of utterance appropriate
to one mode of discourse is mistakenly used in the wrong context
Confusions must be unpicked employing ordinary uses of language.”

— from Tom Turner’s Notes

 

Hawk Painting   5 comments

Science Day-1582 Cooper's Hawk Art II blogCooper’s Hawk Painting by kenne

“The more often we see the things around us –
even the beautiful and wonderful things –
the more they become invisible to us.
That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world:
the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love.
Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.”

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

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