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The Squeeze Is On   2 comments

The Squeeze is On-72“The Squeeze is On” (Saguaro Cactus in Sabino Canyon) — Image by kenne

This saguaro cactus is on the cliff-side of the Bluff Trail in Sabino Canyon.
It’s about two feet long and may have been around for a couple of decades now.
You may think the saguaro has a dilemma, being “stuck between and rock and a hard place.”
The crack in the cliff has provided protection for this young saguaro, so it should
keep on growing for years to come.

— kenne

Persistence — The Mighty Saguaro   1 comment

Saguaro Cactus blogPersistence — Image by kenne

There’s a thousand “Can’t-be-done-ers”
For the one who says “It can!”
But the whole amount of deeds that count
Is done by the latter clan.
For the “Can’t-be-done-ers” grumble,
And hamper, oppose and doubt,
While the daring man who says “It can!”
Proceeds to work it out.

— from A Thousand To One by Berton Braley 

Saguaros On The Comeback Trail   1 comment

In September of 2011, I titled a post “Why Would Anyone Do This?” There were several Saguaro cactus that were vandalized on the Bear Canyon Trail in Sabino Canyon.

In August of 2015, I posted a follow-up photo-essay on the damaged cactus.

Recently I photograph the cactus that were damaged, again.

When I talk
about Sabino Canyon
I mean myself,
my home,
my state of mind.
Some don’t get what I say,
maybe it’s because
we don’t talk the same language.
All I can say to those I meet:
“Try and make it to Sabino Canyon.”

— kenne

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Morning Sunrise Along The Trail   Leave a comment

Jeri & Virginia VisitMorning Sunrise Along The Trail — Image by kenne

 

Posted June 14, 2019 by kenneturner in Information, Photo-Artistry, Poetry, Saguaro

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Saguaro In The Shadow Of The Sun   Leave a comment

Saguaro-21-72Saguaro Near Bear Canyon Trail — Image by kenne

The Mighty Saguaro

The mighty saguaro,
so majestic and tall,
holds its lifelong secrets
surprising one and all.

The seedling saguaro
begins small and afraid,
hoping it will survive
beneath the nurse plant’s shade.

The tiny saguaro
grows a little each year,
searching for the water
which is precious and dear.

The struggling saguaro
pushes upward for days,
glad it keeps avoiding
a new herbivore’s gaze.

The lucky saguaro
survives the desert heat,
outliving the nurse plant
not knowing of its feat.

The patient saguaro
looks skyward at all hours,
until at age fifty
it produces first flowers.

The giving saguaro
shares its bounty with all
who wait for months on end
for tasty fruits to fall.

The youthful saguaro
knows at seventy-five
that its newly formed arms
keeps desert friends alive.

The aging saguaro
has been a willing friend
to desert’s small creatures
dependent to the end.

The mighty saguaro
grows to fifty feet high,
waiting two hundred years
to almost touch the sky.

— Debbie Emery

Saguaro Scars   2 comments

Saguaro Scars-Edit-1-72.jpgSaguaro Scars — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Mid-life saguaros
Having survived desert heat
Have plenty of scars.

— kenne

Tucson Basin Panorama   Leave a comment

Blackett's Ridge-9892-Tucson Basin-72Tucson Basin as Viewed from Blackett’s Ridge — Panorama by kenne

“I love to soar in the boundless sky.
In the vast emptiness of the blue,
my soul rejoices
listening to the soundless music
of the wind.”

— from World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird by Banani Ray, 

Saguaro Sunrise   Leave a comment

saguaro sunrise-art-72Saguaro Sunrise — Photo-Artistry by kenne

standing alone
waving,
waving at the sun
moving high
darkness
running 
for life

— kenne

Desert Morning On The Trail   4 comments

saguaro-72Saguaro Cactus (Pistol Hill Trail, January 11, 2019) — Image by kenne

Cold desert morning
Moving briskly on the trail
Dewdrops on dried weeds.

— kenne

The Cloud Above, Death Below   2 comments

Saguzro Cactus January 27, 2014-9660-2 blogThe Cloud Above, Death Below — Image by kenne

When death comes
The ribs are exposed
Standing tall.

— kenne

 

 

Sun Bathing Saguaro   Leave a comment

Saguaro Sun blogSun Bathing Saguaro — Image by kenne

“The sky peeled back for a moment,
and a weak ray of sunset spilled over the scene
like the diseased eye of some forgetful god —
the light bearing with it cold in place of heat.” 

― Luis Alberto Urrea, Into the Beautiful North

All Tied Up In Knots   2 comments

Sweetwater Trail Wasson PeakAll Tied Up In Knots — Image by kenne

Sometimes
today’s world
makes me feel
all tied up
in knots.

— kenne

Posted October 31, 2017 by kenneturner in Arizona, Information, Photography, Saguaro

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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

Desert Grunge Art   1 comment

Desert Grunge Art blogDesert Grunge Art by kenne

“The more a person knows of himself,
the more he will hesitate to define his nature
and to assert what he must necessarily feel,
and the more he will be astounded
at his capacity to feel
in unsuspected and unpredictable ways.”

— Alan Watts

Southern Arizona Winter Sunset   Leave a comment

Sunset On Blackett's Ridge blogWinter Sunset — Image by kenne

One Liners

The dream at the end of the day, sided by tall cactus.

A dream I go back to every four years.

Broken cycles gathering tomorrow’s dreams.

Darkness comes first beneath the mountains.

Layers of orange and indigo-blue dye above blackness.

Stars moving in over a clear sky left by thieves.

Fresh lemons squeeze in a glass of tequila.

Little dark shadows with wings flying above.

An empty glass left on the white wicker chair.

Thoughts of tomorrow’s first cup of coffee.

I turn on the iPod connected to the Bose.

She in Houston, I in Tucson — a text message alert.

Little things, the makings of dreams.

Fun facts, or fake news?

— kenne

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