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Aspen Trail On Mt. Lemmon   Leave a comment

Aspen Trail On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”

– Albert Camus

Blue-eyed Darter   3 comments

Blue-eyed Darter, Sweetwater Wetlands (August 6, 2021) — Image by kenne

“May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon.”

– Unknown

A Buck In Madera Canyon   1 comment

A Young Buck In Madera Canyon — HDR Image by kenne

Bee On Fairy Duster Wildflower   Leave a comment

Bee On Fairy Duster Wildflower (July 16, 2021) — Image by kenne

The draft of this posting was done in late July before we went on our August road trip.
However, many photos later, just today, I noticed this unpublished draft —
Better late than never.

— kenne

 

Waiting For Luke   Leave a comment

Luke, A White Crested Phainopepla — Image by kenne

This is the time of year some SCVN members state watching for the return of “Luke” to Sabino Canyon. Phainopeplas generally spend
their summers at the higher elevations of the Santa Cantilina Mountains, returning to the canyon to feed off the desert mistletoe berries
in the canyon. 

What makes Luke unique is his white crest. For over eleven years, Luke can be spotted in the same general area in the canyon. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, we don’t know if Luke returned last year since many of us were not doing our usual nature walks in Sabino Canyon. 

Phainopeplas usually perch high on canyon mesquite trees. They have digestive tracts specialized for eating mistletoe fruit. 
These berries are low in nutrients, so the birds have to consume lots of them. The berries spend only about 12 minutes in a
Phainopepla’s intestine, 
and the birds may eat 1,100 berries in a day.

A singular bird of the Southwest, they are a brilliant sight in flight. Males are silky black and slender, with an elegant crest and bold white
wing patches that appear when the bird takes wing. Phainopeplas nearest common ancestors are the waxwings, which also have a glossy, 
silky look to their plumage.

Birds In The Treetop   Leave a comment

Birds In The Treetop — Gila Woodpecker, American Kestrel and Five American Goldfinches (October 6, 2021) — Image by kenne

We walked with an early morning Audubon lead bird walk group through the Sweetwater Wetlands a few days ago. (1/800 s at f/10, ISO 400)
The tree was about 100 years away, photographed using my 28/300 mm lens.

Arches At Del Sol   Leave a comment

Arches At Del Sol (October 17, 2015) — Image by kenne

“I am a part of all that I have met.
Yet, experience is an arch wherethro gleams
that untravl’d world whose margin fades forever and forever when I move.”

— Homer

Blue Dasher In Flight   Leave a comment

Blue Dasher Dragonfly in Flight at Sweetwater Wetlands (10/06/21) — Photo-Artistry by kenne by kenne

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

— Albert Einstein

Monarch Butterflies — Their Beauty Doesn’t Need Words   3 comments

Monarch Butterflies — Their Beauty Doesn’t Need Words (October 3, 2021) — Images by kenne

Four Butterflies On A Mexican Bird of Paradice   Leave a comment

American Snout, Spring Azure, and Two Cloudless Sulphur Butterflies on a Mexican Bird of Paradice — Image by kenne

Greater Roadrunner   Leave a comment

Greater Roadrunner Gathering Sticks for Building A Nest — HDR Image by kenne

Rule 1.

The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote except by going “beep-beep!”

— from 9 Rules for Road Runner and Wild E. Coyote Cartoon

Morning Clouds Over The Santa Catalina Mountains   Leave a comment

Morning Clouds Over The Santa Catalina Mountains — Panorama by kenne

Nursing Four Saguaros   Leave a comment

Nurse Tree for Four Saguaros In  Sabino Canyon — HDR Image by kenne

“I have come to the conclusion,
after many years of sometimes sad experience,
that you cannot come to any conclusion at all.”

― from In Your Garden Again by Vita Sackville-West, 

Common Mullein   Leave a comment

Common Mullein — Image by kenne

A single moment of understanding
can flood a whole life with meaning.
— Anonymous

Flame Skimmer Art   1 comment

Flame Skimmer — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The dragonfly brings dreams to reality and is the messenger
of wisdom and enlightenment from other realms.

— Unknown

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