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Flowering For The First And Last Time   Leave a comment

Agave-3850-72Neighborhood Agave Flowering for the First and Last Time — Image by kenne

The agave is considered perennial, because they require several to many years to mature and flower.
However, most Agave species flowers only once and then dies. 

 

Blooming Century Plant (Agave) II   Leave a comment

Control Road to Crystal SpringBlooming Century Plant (Agave) — Computer Painting by kenne

Agave Cactus

You don’t squeeze tequila
from a pumped up, rubbery leaf.
Nothing is easy in Mexico,
and everything takes time,
patience, muscle. Hacking
and digging and hacking
and a deep pit and fire
and time and time and time.
I lose time, forget it at
the other end of the tequila,
but left to me, that cactus
would still be standing there
on the Sonora Desert undisturbed.

— Carol Hamilton

Blooming Century Plant (Agave) I   1 comment

Control Road to Crystal SpringBlooming Century Plant (Agave) — Computer Painting by kenne

Sonoran Monsoon Season

The monsoon season is here.
Triple digit temperatures,
with cool mornings and
daylight at 5:00 a.m. —
perfect for a morning run,
as the sun rises casting 
long shadows and silhouettes
of white-winged doves atop
the giant saguaro cactus.

Many years ago we 
took a risk on love,
then seven years ago
we took a risk on life and
moved to the Sonora Desert.
Many thought we were crazy,
maybe we were at the time,
after all, what is life
without some risk.

Seven years of desert monsoons
have brought us closer to nature,
now more connected to life
we appreciate each day
and the opportunities
to continue taking risks,
increasing our capacity
to live life in unsuspected and
unpredictable ways.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Agave Squeeze   Leave a comment

Agave squeeze (1 of 1) blogAgave Squeeze: Life In A Split-Rock Crack (February 20, 2015) — Image by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Agave Blooms   2 comments

Brunt Trees (1 of 1)-3 blogAgave blooms on the north side of the Santa Catalina Mountains with Biosphere 2 in the distance.
— Image by kenne

It Will Happen Again   2 comments

Agave (1 of 1)_edit blog“Happen Again” — Image by kenne

now that the picture has been taken,

photoshopped another image,

as thorns touch her lips,

as the sun moves across her shadows,

it will happen again, and happen again,

as the shadow falls again, and falls again,

it will happen again.

does it matter,

now that the picture has been taken,

as my desire to kiss her lips,

as the pain becomes a feel good hurt,

does it matter, does it really matter,

it will happen again, and happen again,

this drifting of the mind. 

— kenne

Tanuri Ridge Agave Stalk   1 comment

Posted April 27, 2014 by kenneturner in Information

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Agave Stalk — Over Twelve Feet Since Thanksgiving   5 comments

Desert Museum-9854 agave stalk blog framedThis Agave Stalk Has Grown Over Twelve Feet Since Thanksgiving.
The Power of Tequila! — Image by kenne

Agave [Cactus]
by Carol Hamilton

You don’t squeeze tequila
from a pumped up, rubbery leaf.
Nothing is easy in Mexico,
and everything takes time,
patience, muscle. Hacking
and digging and hacking
and a deep pit and fire
and time and time and time.
I lose time, forget it at
the other end of the tequila,
but left to me, that cactus
would still be standing there
on the [Sonora] Desert
undisturbed.

This poem can be found in the book, AGAVE

“If you like tequila,
you will love the art,
songs, poems, stories,
and recipes in
AGAVE.”

Since moving to Tucson and becoming a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist, I know agaves are not cacti, and I live in the Sonoran Desert, not the Sonora Desert. However, since poets like to take poetic license, I will give Carol a pass on this one.

kenne

Ah, Beautiful Agave — Again, Begin Again   12 comments

Variegated Agave-7774 art framed blogImages by kenne

Ah, beautiful agave

under Mexican skies,

soul of future mystical visions,

spirit nectar of Jose Cuervo — 

that first tequila night

kissed with a little salt and lime

together we had a good time

staring at the velvet nude

above the tequila bottles

in a dusty border bar.

  — kenne

Variegated Agave-7775 all my doors are open-72Source: Agave — A Celebration of Tequila in story, song, poetry, essay and graphic art
— edited by Ashley and Nathan Brown

A Century Plant In A Century Of Record Heat   Leave a comment

Century Plant Collage blogThe Agave Century Plant Blossoms Near The Prison Fire In The Santa Catalina Mountains As Record Heat Continues In The American Southwest
— Images by kenne

Trail Rock Guarded By Shin Diggers   Leave a comment

Sycamore ReservoirTrail Rock Guarded By Shin Diggers (agave lechugilla) — Image by kenne

This small agave can make a lasting impression if you run up against them, therefore the name “shin digger.” Here it seems to be providing this rock, security. In thick ground cover, the spins can be crippling to a hiker or horse.

kenne

A Giant Asparagus For Your Tequila Drink   5 comments

Friday with Friends & Molino Basin to Prison CampAgave Cactus Plant — Image by kenne

Agave plant at the early stages of its flowering stalk looks like a giant asparagus — also called a Century plant because of the popular belief they live for a century before flowering. The stalk can reach as high as 25′. 

images-5For a lot of us, when we hear the word agave cactus, we think… “Tequila!”  “Margarita!” Or, that first tequila night! 

When there is talk of tequila, it is natural to share stories — where to get the best margarita; tequila sour; your favorite tequila; worm stories; poetry, yes, poetry!

My friend, poet Dave Parsons introduced me to the book, “Agave — A Celebration of Tequila in Story, Song, Poetry, Essay and Graphic Art.” This is a must read for those who like tequila. Here’s one of the poems:

Redbird, Tequila and Me
by Cindy Jordan

Tequila
The word makes people smile

Why?
Tequila means freedom from our mind
“Take another shot of courage”
“Tequila makes your clothes fall off”
Like a toddler who rips off her diaper and runs through the sprinkler
Joyful!
Laughing with glee!
As the Divine watches through her eyes
See the world as a little child
You will see the Kingdom of Heaven
I have a friend with flaming red hair that looks like fire in the sun
I call my friend “Redbird”
Redbird and I were at a party
The hot tub looked so inviting
We didn’t have swim suits
No problem… We had tequila!
The water was warm
Our breasts floated in the bubbles
Redbird and I were laughing with glee!
Joyful!
Like a toddler running through the sprinkler
Freedom!
Both of us grandmothers
I guess we forgot
Redbird and I were out of our minds
Joyful freedom!

This is good for the soul
A Divine witness watched through our eyes
A wonderful memory
Will we do it again?
Probably not
Yes tequila gives you courage
Yes tequila makes your cloths fall off
Now when Redbird say the word, tequila
We giggle

A lot!

kenne

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