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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

Cactus Wren Atop A Saguaro Cactus   Leave a comment

Madera CanyonCactus Wren Atop A Saguaro Cactus — Image by kenne

Despairing of God
I went to the desert
to seek my own saint.

— from Sonoran Desert Sutras by Luis Alberto Urrea

The Village of Elgin, Wine, Beer and Whiskey   Leave a comment

The Village of Elgin Wine Tasting Room — Images by kenne

Late morning
Driving scenic
HWY 83
To southern
Arizona
Wine country
Fast adding
Craft beer
And whiskey
In Elgin,
Population 180.
Not our first time
Driving down
From Tucson
To to sample
The award
Winning
Wine,
Beer and
Spirits
While enjoying
The rolling slopes
Of the high desert
At the base of the
Santa Rita and
Empire Mountains.

— kenne

Forever   1 comment

Wildhorse TrailDead Saguaro Cactus — Image by kenne

The one thing we know about
forever, it doesn’t last too long.

— kenne

The Passage Of Time   6 comments

Saguaro Cactus B&W blog“Statue of Death” — Image by kenne

All time is created equal,
but we don’t use it equally.
Some are livin’ on Tulsa time,
while others in a New York minute.

My time is your time,
but it is not mine to give.
You can’t give away
something that isn’t yours.

…unless you share the moment.

— kenne

“some moments are nice,
some are 
nicer,
some are even worth

writing about.” 

― Charles Bukowski, War All the Time

Standing Tall In Death   Leave a comment

Dark Helo-31 blogStanding Tall In Death (Dead Saguaro Cactus In the Morning Sun) — Image by kenne

Standing tall in death
facing tomorrows and
what they may bring
knowing each will change
how we see yesterday
and how we adjust
to the present — nothing
remains the same. 

— kenne

Gilded Flicker Atop a Saguaro Cactus   2 comments

Gilded Flicker A Top a Saguaro blogGilded Flicker Atop a Saguaro Cactus — Image by kenne

This large grayish brown bird is a common woodpecker of the Sonoran Desert.
They nest in holes in giant saguaro cactus.

— kenne

All Tangled-Up On Christmas   2 comments

Sunsets-River Trails-Jazz InstituteAll Tangled-Up — Image by kenne

Some days it is tough
To get your act together
Being tangled-up.

— kenne

Dove Giving Love   Leave a comment

Tanuri RidgeDove Giving Love in Arizona — Image by kenne

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