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Monsoon Sunset   Leave a comment

Monsoon Sunset — Image by kenne

With just a few days left in July, Tucson has already received 5.71 inches of rain, making this the fourth-wettest July.
I have recorded 7 inches on our patio in the Catalina Foothills. This amount of rain will help Southern Arizona recover
from the ongoing drought, improving from a D4-exceptional drought to a D3-extreme drought (National Weather Service).
There are indications that monsoon activity will start uo again toward the end of the week.

White-lined Sphinx Moth   Leave a comment

White-lined Sphinx Moth — Image by kenne

Interesting creature —
is it a bird, a plane or
a white-lined sphinx moth?

— kenne

 

Spread Your Wings   1 comment

Spread Your Wings (Two-tailed Swallowtail) — image by kenne

resting on a leaf

she spreads her beautiful wings

getting attention

— kenne

 

Life Is All About Perspectives   1 comment

 ‘Weed’ On the Patio — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I have subscribed to The New Yorker for years and find it helpful to see things from different perspectives; some I like, some I don’t. Many great writers, some of which I agree with, some I don’t. It’s all a matter of perspective, which is what this poem is all about — It’s only boogie-woogie.

BOOGIE-WOOGIE

You shout from the other room
You ask me how to spell boogie-woogie
And instantly I think what luck
no war has been declared
no fire has consumed
our city’s monuments
our bodies our dwellings

The fiver didn’t flood
no friends 
have been arrested
It’s only boogie-woogie
I sign relieved
and say it’s spelled just as it sounds
boogie-woogie

— Adam Zagajewski (The New Yorker, July 5, 2021)

Bottlebrush Flower Under A Blue Sky   2 comments

Bottlebrush Flower — Image by kenne

Bottlebrush flower

Red cylindrical-shaped spikes

Under a blue sky.

— kenne

Little Potted Cactus On The Patio   Leave a comment

Little Potted Cactus On The Patio — Image by kenne

“Its object of desire being infinite, art’s movement will
never cease to be carried perpetually forward, for it
will never discover a limit to what it seeks.”

— Saint Gregory of Nyassa

Succulent Graveyard   Leave a comment

Succulent Graveyard (Normally drought resistant plants having trouble surviving.) — Images by kenne

When we moved to Tucson eleven years ago, a small patch of succulents (a type of aloe) grew on the rocky slope next to the house. I have not watered them, but the past year we have had very little rain; many have died, and those not dead the tips have dried up in an attempt to save the plant. There were no flowers this spring.

So, I decided to pull up each plant. For several days I spent early mornings pulling up each aloe plant. Now I have to bag what remains.

— kenne

Oleander Blossoms   Leave a comment

Oleander Blossoms — Tiled Gallery by kenne

You should always know

when you’re shifting

gears in life.

You should leave your era,

it should never leave you.

— Leontyne Price

Sunday Morning Quail Walk — Photo-Essay   Leave a comment

Sunday Morning Quail Walk (Gambel’s quail – Callipepla gambelii)– Photo-Essay by kenne
(Click On Any Image For A Larger View In A Slideshow Format)

As quail families go, this is a small family — two chicks and two adults
(the male is not pictured because of his scout position).
This family was probably much larger at one time since the female may lay six to nine eggs.
Snakes and other predators may eat the eggs before they hatch,
and survival doesn’t get much better as little chicks.

— kenne

 

Bougainvillea Blossom Art   3 comments

Bougainvillea Blossom — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Not by love, not by song

are we reborn as one,

but by the art of caring.

Caring is the revealer, 

seeing things more clearly

in the mirror of gratitude.

— kenne

Cactus Blossom Art   Leave a comment

Cactus Blossom — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The blossom opens and opens,

till it is no bigger than nature allows.

At darkness, the blossom embraces

its parts as in bed,

two sleeping lovers.

— kenne

The Yellow Rose Of Arizona   1 comment

The Yellow Rose of Arizona (Prickly Pear Blossom) — Image by kenne

May brings on a bounty of cactus blossoms, and among them is the yellow prickly pear blossom,
our “yellow rose of Arizona.”

— Kenne

Tanque Verde Wash Trail- Photo Essay   1 comment

Tanque Verde Wash Tail — Photo Essay by kenne
(Click On Any Image To See In A Slideshow Format

I have been walking the trails along the Tanque Verde Wash for over ten years,
taking many photos of the art and still have no idea who is the artist(s) —
for me, it’s a mystery.

— kenne

Palo Verde Blossoms   1 comment

Palo Verde Blossoms — Image by kenne

Interesting Facts About the Palo Verde Tree:

— The Arizona state tree

— The name in Spanish means “green stick”

— Can live to be over 100 years old

— Can grow up to 30 feet

— Cause few or no allergy symptoms

— The flowers and seeds are edible

— The primary nursing plant for baby saguaros

 

Cowpen Daisy Art — A Solo Gift   2 comments

Cowpen Daisy — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Last Thursday (May 5, 2021), I posted a photo of the lone wildflower (Cowpen Daisy) on a trail along the Tanque
Verde Wash between Sabino Canyon Road and Craycroft Road. Our community, Tanuri Ridge, is located north of the
wash, where I sometimes walk over four miles up and back along the wash. This is an art piece from the photo.

A good friend commented on the May 5th posting; “These solo gifts, especially, should be celebrated!” With this art posting, I celebrate it again.

— kenne

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