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View Of Sabino Canyon Dam Area   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon Dam Area-72View of Sabino Canyon Dam Area — Image by kenne

The view from the top

A creek carrying snowmelt

Spring flowers emerge.

— kenne

 

Cholla Cactus — Hanging Fruit   1 comment

Cholla Castus-Hanging Fruit-72Cholla Cactus — Hanging Fruit — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Nature is disordered, powerful, and chaotic, and through fear of the chaos, we impose
a system on it. We abhor complexity and seek to simplify things whenever we can by
whatever means we have at hand. We need to have an overall explanation of what the
universe is and how it functions. In order to achieve this overall view, we develop
explanatory theories, that will give structure to natural phenomena: we classify nature
into a coherent system, which appears to do what we say it does.

— from The Day The Universe Changed by James Burke

 

Golden Cottonwood   1 comment

Cottonwood-72Golden Cottonwood Near Sabino Creek In Sabino Canyon (January 7, 2020) — Image by kenne

This photo was taken while on a bird and plant walk in Sabino Canyon, the morning of the 7th.
The early morning sunlight created a golden glow in the canyon.

— kenne

 

Nature Stilllife Painting   Leave a comment

Desert Cotton Blossom-art-72.jpgNature Stilllife Painting (Desert Cotton Blossom) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Everything on the face of the earth

is constantly being transformed

because the Earth is alive and has a Soul.

— Paulo Coelho

2020, The Year Of The Nurse And Midwife   1 comment

Bluff Trail (1 of 1)-5-Nurse Tree-72A “Nurse Tree” In Sabino Canyon — Images by kenne

2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Health Assembly (WHA) as the year to honor nurses and midwives to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale who is considered the founder of modern nursing. Nurses and midwives are vital to providing health services to our communities. These people are devoting their lives to caring for mothers and children, giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice, looking after older people, and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. And they are often the first and only point of care, yet the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

The vital role of the nurse becomes a metaphor for those of us (Sabino Canyon Volunteer Nationalists) involved in teaching elementary school children about the importance and survival of saguaros in Sabino Canyon and the Sonoran Desert.

Debbie Leading Nature Walk-72-2SCVN member, Debbie Bird, telling third graders about the “Nurse Tree.”
(She also got the attention of an elderly couple visiting Sabino Canyon.)

Often, for young saguaros to survive, they are located near another faster-growing tree that shelters the slower-growing plant by providing shade, shelter from the wind and sun, or protection from animals that may feed on the young plant. Such a plant is called a nurse tree. A metaphor easily understood by the children in conveying the important relationship between the tree and the saguaro. They get it!

— kenne

See You On The Trail-72

“Even though they’re dead, they are not gone — trees find a way to help each other out postmortem.”

Allie WisniewskiAmerican Forests

 

Cactus Wren   Leave a comment

Cactus Wren-3-72-2Cactus Wren — Image by kenne

Lonely wren 
high atop a saguaro
resting on spins
no drops of blood
only manipulating
carefully while
coolly surveying

the desert floor
against a cloudless sky.

— kenne

The First Phainopepla   1 comment

Male Phainopepla-3-72.jpgMale Phainopepla In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

The first phainopepla encased

in black feathers, and plastic

flew into the morning sunlight.

— kenne

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