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Cream Cup Wildflower   Leave a comment

Creamcups wildflowers-1-of-1-7-blog-3Cream Cup Wildflower (Platystemon californicus) — Image by kenne

This lovely wildflower often grows in the moist, sandy ground at the edges of desert washes.
These flowers are partly wind-pollinated and partly pollinated by solitary bees.

— kenne

Hiking The Pistol Hill Trail   1 comment

pistol hill hike-3-72Hiking The Pistol Hill Trail (January 11, 2019) — Panorama by kenne

Images by kenne

“A clear attentive mind
Has No meaning but that
Which sees is truly seen.”

— from Plute Creek by Gary Snyder

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw   Leave a comment

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw-Edit-2-blogSandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Sandhill Cranes wintering in southeast Arizona and northern Sonora many have migrated from their nesting area in Siberia. 

Whitewater Draw is an Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Area is of state and regional significance as the primary wintering area for Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) in Arizona and includes both the Lesser (most numerous) and Greater subspecies. Located in the southern Sulphur Springs Valley, cranes are coming from both the Rocky Mountain population and Mid-Continental population. The area also supports wintering Snow Geese (80-200) and a few Ross?s Geese (occasional to 40). Counts of Sandhill Cranes in early January have steadily climbed from 4,000 in 1991 to over 22,000 in 2008 at Whitewater Draw, with another 13,000 present 36 miles north in the Willcox Playa area, and another 600 present in the far north of Sulphur Springs Valley at Bonita, AZ, and 400 present in the Safford Valley near Duncan. The Greater subspecies breeds in the northern states of the continental U.S., and the Lesser subspecies, breeds from Alaska and eastern Siberia. (Source: Audubon.org)

Every year the town of Wilcox hosts Wings Over Wilcox — Birding and Nature Festival (January 17-20, 2019). Birds have been arriving for weeks now — the birds have their own schedule.

— kenne

Don’t Fence Me In   2 comments

Cattle Fenceline-Edit-1-art-2-blog.jpgDon’t Fence Me In — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Questionable deals
A cattle trucking corral
Ranchers bow to greed.

— kenne

Swimming Through Currents Of Air   3 comments

Sandhill Crain-air to water-art-blogSwimming Through Currents Of Air — Photo-Artistry by kenne

With each move
the currents swell
in multiple directions
moving all at once
taking a new shape
becoming real.

— kenne

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

Today — Bee On Desert Marigold   4 comments

Desert Marigold blogBee On Desert Marigold — Image by kenne

Today

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that in made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from the jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden sprouting tulips

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

— Billy Collins

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