Archive for the ‘Sabino Canyon Recreation Area’ Category

Butterflies And Desert Flowers After Monsoon Rains   Leave a comment

Surphur Butterflies on Creosole Bush Blossoms In Sabino Canyon (July 27, 2021) — Images by kenne 

The recent monsoon rains have greened up the canyon, bringing out a lot of butterflies.
Unfortunately, I only had my 18-70 mm lens, so trying to photograph
the mostly surphur butterflies became challenging.

— kenne

Giant Saguaro Cactus In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

Giant Saguaro Cactus In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Along the mountain ridges,
      Across the desert floor;
      Arms like verdant armor,
      Stalwarts guard our door.
Shading for the lizard,
      Haven for the wren,
      Source of inspiration,
      For past and present men.

–Earl Bloss, “Saguaros,” in Arizona Highways, 1973

Cactus Wren   1 comment

Cactus Wren — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Photography comes from the moment

existing at the time it was created.”

— kenne

Cedar Waxwing Art   Leave a comment

Cedar Waxwing — Photo-Artistry by kenne

they come every spring

flights of these impressive birds

attracting birders

— kenne

Ready For Takeoff   1 comment

Ready for Takeoff (Cooper’s Hawk)– Image by kenne

ready for takeoff

flying comes naturally

not a leap of faith

— kenne

Lacepod Mustard   Leave a comment

Lacepod Mustard — Image by kenne

Lacepod Mustard is a common species found throughout Arizona in various habitats below 4,000 feet. 

It has a distinctive rounded or oval-shaped fruit with small perforations around its perimeter. 

The plant is rather drab-looking and inconspicuous, but the distinctive rounded fruits are most exciting and

appealing. I captured this image along the Esperero Trail in Sabino Canyon, April 2013.

— kenne

A Pernicious Source . . .   Leave a comment

8th Grade Student Deciding Whether To Eat The Berries — Image by kenne
 
A pernicious source of bad decisions in our lives…
Knowing just enough about a topic to think you’re right,
but not enough to know you’re wrong.
 
— Neil deGrasse Tyson
 
 
 
 

Lunch On A Limb   Leave a comment

“Lunch On A Limb” Cooper’s Hawk Eating a Catch In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

A life ended so another can survive.

— kenne

 

Pin Cushion Cactus and Funnel-Wed Spider   1 comment

Pin Cushion Cactus (the most common cactus in the Sonoran Desert)
and Funnel-Wed Spider In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

 

Missing The Kids In The Canyon   1 comment

Elementary School Class In Sabino Canyon (February, 2012) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Since March of 2020 Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) have not bee working with students on field trips
in the Tucson area. We are hoping to start offering nature classes again this fall. Meanwhile, SCVN has developed
a series of videos called The Canyon Classroom covering some of the “Fun Facts” covering the history, geology,
ecology, and wildlife of Sabino Canyon.

(Original image provided by the teacher.)

— kenne

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel   1 comment

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel — Images by kenne

Round-tailed ground squirrels are comparatively small animals with grayish-brown coloring that matched the
sandy soils of their environment. Their unique characteristics are, most noticeably, their long, slender, rounded
tail, and secondly, their long, wide, hairy hind feet. Their claws and their small ears positioned low on the head,
enable them to live underground in a lifestyle that is semi-fossorial. They are often mistaken for prairie dogs or
gophers, but prairie dogs are much larger and gophers do not forage above ground.
— Source: Animalia 

 

Budding Season For Saguaro Cactus   Leave a comment

Budding Season For Saguaro Cactus (Sabino Canyon) — Images by kenne

Agave Plant   Leave a comment

Agave Plant — Image by kenne

“Nearly all agaves, along with most bromeliads such as pineapple, are somewhat peculiar in their flowering habit.
They grow vegetatively for many years (though not the hundred years that gave rise to the common name of
century plant) without producing a single flower, and then when they get the urge to reproduce, they send
forth an enormous stalk with hundreds and hundreds of them. These plants that flower and set seed only once
in their lives are called monocarpic.”
— Source: Succulent Gardens

The Early Bird Gets The Nectar   Leave a comment

“The Early Bird Gets the Nectar” (White-winged Dove on Saguaro Cactus Buds) — Image by kenne

In April, the budding of saguaros is followed by the return of white-winged doves from Mexico who love the nectar in
the saguaro blossoms. This image captures a white-winged dove atop buds soon to blossom — another take on
“The early bird gets the worm.”

— kenne

A Gila Monster Spring   Leave a comment

A Gila Monster Spring (Sabino Canyon) — Image by kenne

Gila monsters are heavy-bodied lizards covered with beadlike scales, called osteoderms, that are black and
yellow or pink covering all but their belly. The Gila monster is venomous; its venom is made by a row of glands
in the lizard’s lower jaw. When the lizard bites, small grooves in the teeth help the venom flow into its prey. The
bite of a Gila monster is very strong, and the lizard may not loosen its grip for several seconds. It may even
chew so that the venom goes deeper into the wound. 

As the name might suggest, the Gila (pronounced HEE-la) monster has one of the worst reputations in the
reptile world. This lizard is often feared and has been described as frightful and repulsive, especially in local
folklore.
Source: San Diego Zoo

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