Archive for the ‘Arizona’ Tag

Hoover Dam Road   2 comments

Hoover Dam Road — Image by kenne

I prefer the original name, Boulder Dam. Originally known as Boulder Dam from 1933,
it was officially renamed Hoover Dam for President Herbert Hoover by a joint resolution
of Congress in 1947.

— kenne

Common Buckeye Butterfly   1 comment

Common Buckeye Butterfly (Junonia coenia) — Image by kenne

So, I begin researching articles on butterfly color and found “The evolution of color:
How butterfly wings can shift in hue” in ScienceDaily. They found that buckeyes
and other Junonia species can create a rainbow of structural colors simply by tuning
the thickness of the wing scale’s bottom layer (the lamina), which creates
iridescent colors in the same way a soap bubble does. 

“In each Junonia species, structural color came from the lamina. And they are producing
a big range of lamina thicknesses that create a rainbow of different colors, everything
from gold to magenta to blue to green,” says first author Rachel Thayer.
“This helps us understand how structural color has evolved over millions of years.”

You can find more information structured color at Marine Biological Laboratory.
(Please note, I’m a photographer, not a biologist.)

— kenne

Boulder Dam Panorama   7 comments

Boulder Dam Viewed from the Arizona Side (November 5, 2020) — Panorama by kenne

Most of the time, when we drive to Las Vegas from Tucson, we pass by the dam.
The last time we stopped, we drove the two-lane road on top of the dam on our way back
to Houston in 2007. The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge was under
construction and was not completed until 2010. The drive across the Boulder Dam
would take quite a while, depending on the volume of traffic.

The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge Above the Boulder Dam  (upper left corner) — Image by kenne

Currently, the Lake Mead water level is 147.41 feet below the full pool of 1,229.00,
40% of its full capacity. The Colorado River, which supplies Nevada,
Arizona and California, most of its water, has long been chronically overused
and has dwindled during two decades of mostly dry years. The drought has been
worsened by higher temperatures unleashed by climate change. 

— kenne

Americans   1 comment

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Americans — Image by kenne

Americans are in serious intellectual trouble – in danger of losing our hard-won
cultural capital to a virulent mixture of anti-intellectualism, anti-rationalism
and low expectations.

— Susan Jacoby

Cattails By A Sonoran Creek   Leave a comment

Cattails By A Sonoran Desert Creek — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The sonoran desert

a very diverse place

wildflowers take turns

blooming so visitors

can always see them — 

what a beautiful world.

— kenne

Doubtful Pass Signposts   Leave a comment

Doubtful Canyon Weekend Dec 2012Doubtful Pass Signposts –  Image by kenne

The trouble with our age is all signposts and no destination.

Louis Kronenberger

Painted Desert — B&W Photo   6 comments

Painted Desert-0084-B&W-72Painted Desert– B&W Image by kenne

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives
as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild,
the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of
civilization itself.”

― from Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, 

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument Panorama   3 comments

The WaveVermillion Cliffs National Monument — Panorama by kenne

A Beautiful land under attack
Managed by people who don’t
Care for its natural beauty.

Steep eroded escarpments
Exposing hundreds of layers
Of richly colored rock strata.

A lost land filled with hoodoos,
Slot canyons, towering cliffs with
Undulating curves of sandstone.

— kenne

 

 

 

 

Serious Birders   Leave a comment

Serious Birders-72Serious Birders (Tubac, Arizona — March 2018) — Image by kenne

Scopes and cameras

Black hawks on the horizon

Serious birders.

— kenne

Posted February 25, 2020 by kenneturner in Birds, Information, Photography

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Antelope Canyon On Lake Powell   Leave a comment

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Antelope Canyon (1 of 1)-10-72Antelope Canyon On Lake Powell — Images by kenne

 

Joshua Tree   Leave a comment

joshua-tree-1-of-1-6-b-w-blogJoshua Tree — Image by kenne

The splendor of the Joshua tree
is as unique and identifiable
to the Mohave Desert
as the majestic saguaro cactus
is to the Sonoran Desert.

— kenne

The Open Road   1 comment

Christmas 2012The Open Road — Image by kenne

“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me, leading me wherever I choose…

Allons! whoever you are! come forth!

You must not stay sleeping and dallying there in the house, though you built it, or though it has been built for you….

Allons! be not detain’d!…

Allons! the road is before us!”

— Walt  Whitman

Earth, Sky and Tumacácori   Leave a comment

Nogales“Earth, Sky and Tumacácori” — Photo Artistry by kenne

A priestly man
once traveled
the desert southwest

mounted a horse
armed only with love
a force without
a presidio of soldiers

connecting with people
of many tribes

building adobe missions
each opened to the morning sun
located within walking distance
understanding the desert paradox.

— kenne

The Clouds Above   Leave a comment

CloudsThe Clouds Above — Image by kenne

Silence accepts their shape
Each a face in the sky
Changing as beams of light
Shine on their own truth.

— kenne

Intoxicated by the Possible   Leave a comment

The Wave March 2012 - 2012-03-21 11-11-07 tree branch_art II blog“Just a Broken Limb” — Digital Art by kenne

Just A Broken Limb

Broken by the storm
Tumbled by the wind
Pebbled by the sand
Captured by the rock

How far I have come
From what I was
Lost between was and now
Never to go home again

Resting against the rock
Disguised as a twig
Knowing all that matters
Intoxicated by the possible

kenne

Posted April 7, 2018 by kenneturner in Arizona, Information, Photoshop, Poetry

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