Archive for the ‘Sabino Canyon Recreation Area’ Category

Desert Cotton Blossom   Leave a comment

Desert Cotton Blossom (Gossypium thurberi) — Image by kenne

Catching the angle

The light creates a picture

To capture and share.

— kenne

Holy Tree   Leave a comment

Holy Tree Next To Bear Canyon Creek — Photo-Artistry by kenne

 

 

This
Is:

Sacred
Holy Tree

 It embodies
Everything
From
Jesus Christ
To Rock ‘n Roll
With a splash
Of sparkle
& ginger.

 Sacred Holy
Tree control
The pond H2O

Damage to
The tree results
In a mandatory
Fight to
The death
With Gandi.

(First posted October 22, 2013)

Costa’s Hummingbird   Leave a comment

Costa’s Hummingbird in Sabino Canyon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Hummingbirds flutter

They hurry everywhere

Darting and diving

Busy looking for food

One chaotic mess

Till they stop to rest.

— kenne

 

Mule Deer Eating Prickly Pear Cactus   Leave a comment

Mule Deer in Sabino Canyon (November 8, 2022) —- Images by kenne

On the SCVN Bird and Plant walk (November 8, 2022), we spotted a mule deer eating what appeared to be prickly pear pads.
We are aware that deer will eat the fruit but not the pads. You can tell from these photos that she seems to enjoy the chew.
However, she began to sneeze and use her left hind hoof to scratch her head — wonder why.

— kenne

Saguaros On The Sunny Side of A Hill   Leave a comment

Always More Saguaros On The Sunny Side of A Hill ( November 8, 2022, in Sabino Canyon) — Image by kenne

Saguaros love sunlight, so the southern part of a ridge or hill will attract the growth of many saguaros.

 

Desert Mistletoe Berries Attracting Birds To Sabino Canyon   1 comment

This morning on the Plant and Bird Walk, we could see a small flock of Eastern Bluebirds, none close enough to get any good photos,
but more will be coming to Sabino Canyon because of all the desert mistletoe berries in the canyon. Till then,
the berries are attracting plenty of Phainopeplas.
— kenne

A Hungry Hawk   4 comments

Cooper’s Hawk in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

I have a little knowledge of this bird,

never as much as an ornithologist.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have

the right personality or something,

being concerned fundamentally

with the “oughts” of life from

a philosophical point of view,

if you know what I mean.

— kenne

Second-Graders At Sabino Dam   2 comments

Second Grade Class Participating in SCVN Field Trip To Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne 

A day with nature

Loving the time together

Excitement for all.

— kenne

Drifting By   2 comments

Drifting By — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Art created from a photograph.

Buttonbush — Image by kenne

Lower Sabino Canyon Panorama   Leave a comment

Lower Sabino Canyon Panorama (October 5, 2022) by kenne

We all have a treasure waiting for us

here on earth. Find a place to communicate

with our better angels and we will find it.

— kenne

 

A Morning Walk In The Canyon   3 comments

Lower Sabino Canyon Panorama (October 5, 2022) — Photomerge by kenne

I walk alone in the early morning
heading up a canyon trail
toward the mountains; the dust
rises from my steps better defining
the trail for hikers to follow.
The saguaros along the trail
reach the sky from the basin floor

as hikers pass by soon to return
to avoid the midday heat —
what were you expecting?
For the day does not hover,
not even for a moment
as the sun rises overhead,
the scars of my hiking remain
embedded in my thoughts
refusing to grow feeble, just old.

— kenne

Moonflower   Leave a comment

Sacred Datura (Moonflower) Near Sabino Creek — Mixed Art by kenne

Sacred Datura

Also known as moonflower

Blooms late in the day.

— kenne

Filigree Skimmer   Leave a comment

Filigree Skimmer in Desert Grass (October 5, 2022) — Image by kenne

We have been experiencing cool mornings here in the desert, so I decided to go to Sabino Canyon.
I don’t usually expect to see dragonflies, at least that provide photo-ops. I spotted a black dragonfly
about 12 yards away not far away from Sabino Creek. I wasn’t sure what kind it was, since I had not
seen a black dragonfly before. As dragonflies will do, it kept moving farther away. As a result, this
was the best shot I could get of my first Filigree Skimmer photograph.

The Filigree Skimmer (Pseudoleon superbus) is a dragonfly of the southwestern United States and Mexico.
In the U.S. it is found in south and west Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The species usually perches on the ground
or on rocks in and near stream beds. It is a striking species as it flies up and down a stream bed in front of an observer.
— Source: http://greglasley.com/

— kenne

Saguaro Cactus In The Canyon   Leave a comment

A Many-Armed Saguaro Cactus (Sabino Canyon) — Image by kenne

Mighty Saguaro

Saguaro cacti rise up like mighty sentinels 
boldly claiming the high desert plains
tall and proud, their prickly arms
forewarn intruders to stop and beware.

A daunting presence, bold and majestic
toughness flows through their cacti veins
Saguaro endure long hours in the barren wilderness 
their roots persevere under the dry, hard crust.

With no respite, save for the night
Saguaro rule valiantly in a god forsaken land.

— Laura Leiser

Verdin In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Verdin In Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne

“In the heat of desert arroyos and scrublands, tiny grayish Verdins flash bright colors—
a yellow head and chestnut shoulder patch. More slender and small-headed than a chickadee,
these restless birds comb the foliage of trees for insects and spiders, sometimes hanging upside down
to investigate hard-to-reach places. They supplement their insect diet with fruits and even nectar,
which they may sip from hummingbird feeders.” — Source: allaboutbirds.org

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