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Buns Baked On The Forest Floor, Well Sorta.   Leave a comment

Aspen Draw August 2013

Aspen Draw August 2013Penny Bun Mushroom — Images by kenne

Looks like a loaf of bread, but it’s a penny bun ( Boletus edulis) mushroom, one of the most sort after culinary mushrooms. Young specimens can be eaten raw in salads. They have strong mushroom flavor when cooked. Once dried, it is excellent for flavoring soups, sauces, stocks.

Boletus edulis was first described in 1782 by the French botanist Pierre Bulliard and still bears its original name.[2] The starting date of fungal taxonomy had been set as January 1, 1821, to coincide with the date of the works of the ‘father of mycology’, Swedish naturalist Elias Magnus Fries, which meant the name required sanction by Fries (indicated in the name by a colon) to be considered valid, as Bulliard’s work preceded this date. It was thus written Boletus edulis Bull.:Fr. However, a 1987 revision of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature set the starting date at May 1, 1753, the date of publication of Linnaeus‘ seminal work, the Species Plantarum.[3] Hence, the name no longer requires the ratification of Fries’ authority. Early alternate namesinclude Boletus solidus by English naturalist James Sowerby in 1809,[4] and Gray’s Leccinum edule.[5] Gray’s transfer of the species to Leccinum was later determined to be inconsistent with the rules of botanical nomenclature, and he apparently was unfamiliar with the earlier works of Fries when he published his arrangement of bolete species.[6]” — Wikipedia


“Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.”
Thomas Carlyle

Aspen Draw August 2013Penny Bun Mushroom — Image by kenne

“Falling in love is like eating mushrooms, you never know if it’s the real thing until it’s too late.”

— Bill Balance

A Different Way Of Seeing   13 comments

Aspen Loop July 2013Forest Floor — Image by kenne

Many times we do not need a different way of thinking but rather a different way of seeing.

– Tractatus Vitae

Capturing The Moment — Mahogany Milkweed Art   4 comments

Box Springs TrailMahogany Milkweed — Image by kenne


James Wright

While I stood here, in the open, lost in myself,
I must have looked a long time
Down the corn rows, beyond grass,
The small house,
White walls, animals lumbering toward the barn.
I look down now. It is all changed.
Whatever it was I lost, whatever I wept for
Was a wild, gentle thing, the small dark eyes
Loving me in secret.
It is here. At a touch of my hand,
The air fills with delicate creatures
From the other world.

Capturing The Moment — Butterflies Are Forever   4 comments

Aspen Loop July 2013Echo Azure

Aspen Loop July 2013Arizona Hairstreak

Aspen Loop July 2013Marine Blue & Nais Metalmark

Aspen Loop July 2013Silver-spotted Skipper

Aspen Loop July 2013Silver-spotted Skipper

Aspen Loop July 2013Arizona Hairstreak

Aspen Loop July 2013Marine Blue

Aspen Loop July 2013Nais Metalmark — Images by kenne

“I saw a poet chase a butterfly in a meadow.  He put his net on a bench where a boy sat reading a book.
It’s a misfortune that it is usually the other way round.”

 — Karl Kraus

Cactus Blossoms In The Sonoran Desert   3 comments

April 16 EventStaghorn Cholla BlossomApril 16 EventPrickly Pear Blossom — Images by kenne


A Jungle Of Desert Wildflowers   2 comments

Esperero Trail Wildflowers Spring 2013Desert Wildflowers — Image by kenne

Capturing The Moment — “I’ve Got Friends In Low Places”   1 comment

“I see you!” — Desert Spiny Lizard 

. . . spent some time in Sabino Canyon this morning. I captured images of several lizards, but sometimes I find it difficult to identify these guys — example: the top photo and the one below are both od desert spiny lizards, however, the angle of the sun and environment around the lizard causes different coloring; at least to this observer.

Desert Spiny Lizard

Images by kenne


“. . . I’m I Bugging You?”   4 comments

Giant Mesquite Bug Photographed in The Sabino Canyon Riparian Area — Image by kenne

. . . I hope not!

And neither should the Giant Mesquite Bug found on Velvet Mesquite (or common mesquite) trees in the Tucson area. Not to worry, these bugs do little to no damage to our wonderful mesquite trees that help give the “lush” look to our desert community.


Living With Nature — An Impressive Video   3 comments

Indian state of Meghalaya — Image Source — MailOnline

People in the Indian state of Meghalaya have been growing (not building) bridges for more than 500 years by  guiding roots and vines from the native Ficus Elastica (rubber tree) across rivers. It may take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional. Amazing! Yet, it’s not so amazing when you value the relationship of people and nature.


Posted September 29, 2011 by kenneturner in Education, Information, Life, video

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Capturing The Moment — Hey Guys, It’s Better Over Here!   1 comment

“Hey Guys, It’s Better Over Here!” —  Pleasing Fungus Beetle: Image by kenne 


Capturing The Moment — Thriving On The Heat   2 comments

Red Bird of Paradise — Image by kenne

The Red Bird of Paradise (also commonly called Mexican Bird of Paradise) is a beautiful blowing desert plant that thrives on heat and very little water.


Capturing The Moment — Rock Falls   Leave a comment

“Rock Falls” — Image by kenne

Image captured along Crystal Springs Trail on the backside of Mount Lemmon


Capturing The Moment, Almost — Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake   Leave a comment

It’s not everyday you see a Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake, and as it was, we almost didn’t. I actually walked by it, but biologist, Ted Fleming, spotted it. The conditions were cloudy and dark along the ground, which made for depth of field problems.  But, the bright colors got Ted’s attention and I quickly tried to photograph this beauty. You can see, the results were blurrier. The snake was on the slop-side of the trail, making it very difficult to maneuver for a better angle — plus, there was plenty of ground cover. For now, at least, this is my best and only Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake photos.


Sonoran Mountain King Snake — Images by kenne

Ted Fleming — Image by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Photographing The Insect World   Leave a comment

Grasshopper In Her Enviroment — Image by kenne

In all the years of photographing the world around us, I have never photographed insects. Admittedly, I have much to learn, however, with the help some Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) I have begun “Capturing the Moment” in the insect world. Capturing these images was make easier by having several trained eyes to help find insects. As I learn more and become better linked with naturalists, I hope to be bale to provide names of the insects in the photographs.


(Flickr Slideshow)


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