Archive for the ‘Saguaro Cactus’ Category

Saguaro Cactus Are Being Destroyed By The Bighorn Fire   3 comments

Ventana Canyon - Clouds-Edit-1-art-72Lower Ventana Canyon (02/20/15) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Bighorn Fire has been burning for days in Ventana Canyon.
I love hiking in this beautiful narrow canyon. The lower part of
this canyon contains a lot of desert plants, such as the saguaro cactus.
This Sonoran Desert signature cactus is not adaptive to fire.
Thousands have already been destroyed by the Bighorn Fire.
It may take hundreds of years to return, if at all. Sad, very sad.

— kenne

Ventana Canyon (1 of 1)_Art-72Ventana Canyon (Note Invasive Grass in the Foreground) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Saguaros In Sabino Canyon   3 comments

Saguaro Cactus-9657-art-72Saguaros In Sabino Canyon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit,
and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.
A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild,
the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins
and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”

— Edward Abbey

How About A Little Hug My Dear   2 comments

Starpass Trail 2012Saguaro Cactus Forest — Image by kenne

How about a little hug
And kiss, my dear?

Oh no, we have to be careful
not to get the coronavirus.

— kenne

 

Saguaro Cactus — Black & White Photograph   1 comment

Saguaro Infered-DSC_4411-72Saguaro Cactus (Sabino Canyon Recreation Area) — Black & White Image by kenne

“I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won.

I found that while the camera does not express the soul,

perhaps a photograph can!”

— Ansel Adams

High Contrast B&W Photo   Leave a comment

Tall Saguaro In The Sun-High Comtrast B&W-72Tall Saguaro Cactus In Sabino Canyon — High Contrast B&W Photo by kenne

 

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

 

Death   2 comments

Death-B&W-72Image by kenne

 

The Good Fight   4 comments

Old Cactus (1 of 1)-2 Art_blog“It’s A Tough Life” — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Good Fight

It is a tough life

In my second century

Giving the good fight.

— kenne

Red-tail Hawk Silhouette   2 comments

Red-tail Hawk-Edit-3-1-72.jpgRed-tail Hawk Silhouette — iPhone 6 Image by kenne

Yesterday I was walking into Sabino Canyon to teach 1st-grade students how the Hohokam lived in the canyon and the Tucson basin hundreds of years ago when a friend spotted a red-tail hawk atop a tall saguaro cactus. Sadly, I didn’t have my Nikon camera with me, so I made use of my iPhone to capture an image. Not what I would like to capture, but it’s better than not getting an image at all.

— kenne

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