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Legion Of Saguaros   2 comments

Saguaro Legion In Sun-72Legion of Saguaros (Sabino Canyon Recreational Area) — Image by kenne

 

A Legion Of Saguaros In Sabino Canyon   2 comments

Saguaro Family-72.jpgA Legion Of Saguaros In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Over the years, I have called groups of saguaros everything from a group, grove, and family.
Recently I was told that the correct term is “legion.” So, here you have it.

— kenne

 

See You On The Trail   Leave a comment

Saguaro Nat. Park-72-2“See You On The Trail” (Saguaro National Park, 01/03/20) — Image by kenne

See you on the trail

Dancing creosols stir the air

Lost in the beauty.

— kenne

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

Saguaro Buds In January   5 comments

Saguaro with Buds-72Saguaro Buds In Sabino Canyon (January 7, 2020) — Image by kenne

The top part of this saguaro has died while the arms have new buds months before
saguaros typically bloom in April. The one thing we have learned about nature is that it
can be unpredictable.

Daybreak
in the canyon.
The black sky
replaced by blue.

Someone passed by
on the trail.
Did you see the bids
on the saguaro up the hill,
I asked?
Pointing.

“How unusual,” she said.
I agreed, sharing
our knowledge
limited as it may be.

— kenne 

A Grove of Saguaros   2 comments

Saguaro Family-2-Edit-art-72A Grove of Saguaros in Sabino Canyon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

And now we welcome the new year,

full of things that have never been.

— Ranier Maria Rilke

 

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