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“. . . how beautiful he looked, veering away”   Leave a comment

Turkey Vultures March 2013One Beautiful Bird (Turkey Vulture) — Image by kenne

I had walked since dawn and lay down to rest on a bare hillside
Above the ocean. I saw through half-shut eyelids a vulture wheeling
high up in heaven,
And presently it passed again, but lower and nearer, its orbit
narrowing,
I understood then
That I was under inspection. I lay death-still and heard the flight-
feathers
Whistle above me and make their circle and come nearer.
I could see the naked red head between the great wings
Bear downward staring. I said, ‘My dear bird, we are wasting time
here.
These old bones will still work; they are not for you.’ But how
beautiful
he looked, gliding down
On those great sails; how beautiful he looked, veering away in the
sea-light
over the precipice. I tell you solemnly
That I was sorry to have disappointed him. To be eaten by that beak
and
become part of him, to share those wings and those eyes–
What a sublime end of one’s body, what an enskyment; what a life
after death.

— Robinson Jeffers

Turkey Vultures leaving their overnight stay along the Tanque Verde Wash as they continue their migration north.

 

Turkey Vultures Migrating North   3 comments

Turkey Vultures (1 of 1)-72Turkey Vultures Migrating North — Photo-Artistry by kenne

This is the time of year when hundreds of migrating turkey vultures
spend the night along the Tanque Verde wash, each morning they start
circling up seeking wind currents in their ride north.
This image is a composite of four images placed on a sky background.

— kenne

Last Of The Migrating Turkey Vultures   1 comment

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Last Of The Migrating Turkey Vultures — Images by kenne (Three images in a slideshow format.)

Usually, by 1st of April, the last of the turkey vultures rousting overnight near the Tanque Verde has completed the spring migration north. This year we have counted upwards of 100 leaving each morning now well into April.

— kenne

Turkey Vultures — Annual Migration North   1 comment

Turkey Vultures In The Morning Sun — Images by kenne

The Morning Sun

Hope comes with the morning sun

Warming the body and the soul

Washing away yesterdays troubles

Providing a new beginning

To be lived as if it were your last —

Every minute being a gift.

kenne

Turkey Vultures March 2013

Ragged Rock Flower (Crossosoma bigelovii)   Leave a comment

Ragged Rock Flower (1 of 1)-2 blogRagged Rock Flower (Crossosoma bigelovii) — Image by kenne

I photograph nature because nature touches me.

— kenne

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!   1 comment

TucsonTucson Basin — Computer Painting by kenne

Wishing everyone a super Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time together.

— kenne

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

— William Blake

Migrating Turkey Vultures, A Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Migrating Turkey Vultures at Their Tanque Verde Wash Stopover (October 15, 2016) — Images by kenne
(Click on any images to see larger view in a slideshow format.)

The turkey vulture count has been down this October. One reason for the lower count might be due to the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department doing major pipe construction alone the north side of the Tanque Verde wash near where the big birds spend early mornings before continuing their migration south. There is no doubt some irony found in nature’s sanitation department having to put-up with the county’s sanitation department.

— kenne

 

 

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