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My Dear Mountains   Leave a comment

Blackett's Ridge-9897 Sky Over Catalinas-72Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

My Dear Mountains

Every day I try to say,
To say words describing
My attraction to you.

Exploring the reasons,
The reasons why
You nurture my well-being.

Is it your dance,
The dance you perform
In and around me?

Is it the call,
The call of the Echo
The voice of last words?

Is it the view,
The view
of the shadowed canyons?

Is it chiseled outlined,
The chiseled outlined
against the Sonoran sky?

Is it the hikes,
The hikes I take
In your shadows?

Is it crown clouds,
Crown clouds
that cradle your peaks?

Is it the colors,
The colors captured
from the sunset?

Is it the blue-blackness,
The blue-blackness weighed
Against the moonlit sky?

Is it night lightning,
Night lightning
That ignites you?

Is it your past,
Your past
that holds the future?

Is it a reflection,
A reflection of my being
The self-image that I love?

Is it all things,
All things
That connects us?

Is it the answers,
The answers you share
When we are together?

Is it the why,
The why
I ask questions?

Is it my words,
The words in the questions
you repeat after me?

So many questions,
Questions only we
Can answer together.

Every day I try,
I try to become
By being near you.

It is our being together,
Being together that
Enables my existence.

Every day I try,
I try to say words
That echoes the essence of existence.

— kenne

Life On A Gneiss Rock   1 comment

life on a gneiss rock-72“Life On A Gneiss Rock” — Image by kenne

When you spend time in Sabino Canyon, you will see a lot of gneiss rock. Twenty-five million years ago two ancient rock types, 1.4-billion-year-old Oracle granite and 50-million-year-old wilderness granite combined to form a type of striped and banded rock called gneiss — pronounced “nice.”  Today these striped rocks are seen in canyon cliffs and some streambeds. On the more shaded cliffsides, it is common to find different types of mosses and ferns growing on the nice rocks, especially during rainy seasons.

— kenne

Wintery Sabino Canyon   1 comment

January 2nd Snow On The Mountains-art-1-72Phil Bentley iPhone image of snow above Sabino Canyon (January 1, 2019)
— Photo Artistry by kenne

Snow made it below the ridge
Dusting the lower Sabino Canyon
Clouds over endless mountains
Begin to open holes for the morning sun
Shinning a spotlight on the fresh snow.

The road up the mountain closed for days
A thick cloud cover no longer opens to the sun
As a few light flacks of snow float by
In the valley chilled by the mountain air
Taking whatever comes to the washes below.

— kenne

 

Bur Marigold Wildflower — Photo-Artistry   Leave a comment

Bur Marigold-2-Edit-1-blogBur Marigold Wildflower (December 2018)– Photo-Artistry by kenne

Early morning hike
Alone the east canyon wall
In chilly shadows.

Talking to old friends
“Snowbirds” returned from the north
Getting back their legs.

November showers
The canyon is greening up
Wildflowers in blown.

Trees along the creek
Are showing their fall colors
Red, yellow, orange.

Of leaves twisting down
We return along the creek
No more tangled minds.

— kenne

Sabino Canyon’s Phoneline Trail   Leave a comment

Hiking the Phoneline Trail-Edit-1-art-blogHiking Sabino Canyon’s Phoneline Trail — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Rocky and narrow
High above the canyon floor
Tis a ridge winder.

— kenne

The Artist Exists Because . . .   2 comments

Cooper's Hawk-0814 art blogPhoto-Artistry by kenne

“The artist exists because the world is not perfect”

– Andrei Tarkovsky

Deer By Water Photo-Artistry   4 comments

Deer by Water-Edit blogDeer By Water Photo-Artistry by kenne
The goblets of dawn
are smashed.
The weeping of the guitar
begins.
Useless
to silence it.
Impossible 
to silence it.
-- from The Guitar by Federico Garcia Lorca

Cooper’s Hawk Fledging   Leave a comment

Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1)-7-2 blogCooper’s Hawk Fledging In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Cooper’s Hawk Fledging
No young hawk eyes left behind
High above the dam.

— kenne

Sabino Canyon Mockingbird   Leave a comment

Mockingbird DSC_1531 blog IISabino Canyon Mockingbird — Image by kenne

Northern mockingbird by name,
I call him Sabino Canyon
because that’s where I saw him
atop what may be a favorite
berry eating perch as evidenced by
the seed dropping beneath him.

— kenne

Where All The Desert Beauty Runs Together — Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Blacket's Ridge Nov 1st 2013-8638 blog IIView from Blackett’s Ridge of Sabino Canyon (11/01/13) — Image by kenne

Canyons, big or small
Gathering nature’s beauty
Takes your breath away.

— kenne

Verdin On A Brittlebush In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Even with last week’s good rainfall, most brittlebush plants are not blooming as would normally be this time of year. We have had a very dry winter, even so, these two plants were located near one another. 

— kenneVerdin-1157 blogVerdin On A Brittlebush in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Brittlebush-1178 blogBrittlebush Blooming in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

 

 

Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Desert Scene-0674 art blogSabino Canyon — Computer Painting by kenne

Sand and rocks
Floor of the canyon
Home for plants.

Water flows
Down from the mountains
Nurture life.

— kenne

Wild Cotton Still-Life — A Place To Start   1 comment

Sabino Canyon Oct. 1, 2012Wild Cotton Still-Life by kenne

A place to start

look at you
kenne g
you have taken multi-tasking to a fault

you need to be
more focused
uncomplicated

this is what they tell me
information is good
opinion
music
poetry
photo art
all are good

but, you are inexorable

demurred, I say
I do what I do
because I can

maybe you can’t,
you’re the problem
not me

all things are connected
not an isolated island
I choose to stay linked
open secret places
plant seeds
harvest thoughts
bucket ideas

but, you discard mind droppings

I mix and match
generating energy
to form inspiration

feel the heat
see the stream
it’s all shit

the shit sits
generating food
for tomorrow’s ideas
powering the music
stand up and dance
when I’m not here
there will be a place to start

but, you can add to my pile

— kenne

(I wrote this poem November 2008 in response to being told that my blog needed to focus on one thing like photography, music, poetry, or art not many things — advice not taken.)

 

Cactus Wren Grunge Art   Leave a comment

Bird WalkCactus Wren Grunge Art by kenne

Once in every lifetime
a little bird may come
alone and forgotten
knocked down by the sun.
Every man may choose
to turn and walk away
or take the bird into his hand
and bid him stay.

— from “I’m Strong But I Like Roses” by Ron McKuen

Seeking The Tao Of Observation   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon Sunrise II- Art name blogThe Photographer — Image by kenne

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

The photographer (artist)
seeks to connect what
is already connected, the
past, present, and future
in a moment of existence
while being a traveler
in other people’s reality
sharing an awareness 
of the present experience. 

An awareness of the moment
with the whole being, the artist
is of the experience —
the essence of existence.
The artist desires to share
the essence, but the resulting image
is about the experience, not
of the experience — 
the Tao of observation.

In the process
of capturing an event
the photographer feels
and sees in the moment,
the Tao of an event —
the Tao that is projected
is outside the moment
hence is not the
essence of Tao.

— kenne

 

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