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Rufous-winged Sparrow   1 comment

Rufous-winged Sparrow-72Rufous-winged Sparrow — Images by kenne

Rufous-winged Sparrow-4-72Sabino Canyon Recreation Area (January 30, 2020)

Nervous little guy

A challenge to photograph

Hopping branch to branch.

— kenne

Flight   Leave a comment

Duck-8042 blog“Flight” by kenne

A true conservationist
is a man who knows
that the world is not
given by his fathers, but
borrowed from his children.

— John James Audubon

Yellow Crowned Night Heron   Leave a comment

Yellow Crowned Night Neron blogYellow Crowned Night Herons, San Antonio River Walk — Image by kenne

Stop searching the world for treasure, the real treasure is in yourself.

— Pablo Valle

Black Headed Grosbeak — Grunge Art   Leave a comment

Black-headed Grosbeak (1 of 1) Grunge Art blogBlack Headed Grosbeak — Grunge Art by kenne

No valid plans for the future
can be made by those who
have no capacity for living now.

— Alan Watts

The Dapper, Pyrrhuloxia   Leave a comment

Pyrrhuloxia (1 of 1) blogPyrrhuloxia Photographed in Sabino Canyon by kenne

This male pyrrhuloxia looks a lot like a female Northern Cardinal and its song is nearly identical to the cardinal.

— kenne

Ruby-crowned Kinglet   Leave a comment

ruby-crowned-kinglet-1429-blogRuby-crowned Kinglet — Image by kenne

The trail was quiet
The breeze was calm.

What is that little bird
With all that energy?

Wings constantly flicking
Chattering out his songs

The hiker pulls out
His nature guide.

Was this nervous fliting
Bird just passing through?

Looks like a kinglet,
Possible a ruby-crowned

Spending the winter
In Sabino Canyon.

— kenne

Wintering In Sabino Canyon   2 comments

phainopepla-0384-blogPhainopepla

western-bluebird-0399-blogWestern Bluebird — Images by kenne

We dance round a ring and suppose,
But the secret sits in the middle, and knows.

— Robert Frost

Northern Mockingbird, Or Is It A Curve-billed Thrasher?   Leave a comment

Tuesday Nature Walk April 1, 2014-art blog

Northern Mockingbird or is it a Curve-billed Thrasher? — Grunge Art by kenne

You will find a lot of birds

and bird watchers in Sabino canyon.

Some observed recently:

Cooper’s hawk
mourning dove
greater roadrunner
Anna’s hummingbird
gila woodpecker
American kestrel
Cassin’s vireo
common raven
verdin
rock wren
canyon wren
house wren
cactus wren
black-tailed gnatcatcher
ruby-crowned kinglet
western bluebird
hermit thrush
curve-billed thrasher
northern mockingbird
phainopepla
orange-crowned warbler
black-throated wray warbler
black-throated sparrow
Abert’s towhee
western tanager
northern cardinal
house finch

I’m not a birder

but I can see

and hear

the birds around me.

I depend on

the knowledge

and discipline

of others

to identify

what I see and hear.

sometimes I identify

birds in my photographies

sometimes I’m wrong —

save a bird,

photograph them.

— kenne

(Bird list source: Jean Hengesbaugh)

 

Hiking Pima Canyon And Becoming Intrigued With A Flock Of Ravens   Leave a comment

The first gallery of photos was taken on the SCVN Friday hike in Pima Canyon (November 6, 2015). During the hike we notice a flock of ravens, not a common sight since raven tend to be solitary or in pairs. So, later in the day I did a little research on ravens. The best answer I could find for why ravens might flock together was that of young migrating ravens.

(Click on any of the images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Young Ravens may form juvenile flocks or “gangs”, which helps them when they are foraging for food.  They actually play together, flying and catching objects in the air.  They will make their own toys for entertainment, play with wolves or dogs in a game of chase, and even slide down snow hills — interesting!

Like many people, I’m fascinated by these very intelligent birds and take photos of them at every opportunity. Here are a few.

kenne

Images by kenne

Eyes Closed Creating A Zen Moment   1 comment

Japanese Garden (1 of 1)-4_art III blog“A Zen Moment” — Computer Painting by kenne

Focusing
on the scene
I close my eyes
to what was there
now captured 
in my mind’s eye
painting it with
my imagination —
taking a new course.

— kenne 

Cooper’s Hawk On Black Tree   2 comments

Cooper's Hawk (1 of 1) grunge blogCooper’s Hawk On Black Tree– Grunge Composition by kenne

All night black tree
shapes wrestled their dark
angels or assailants; the deep woods
wracked by shattering, cracking;
then rain drove straight 
sheets like a wave’s crash
wrenching leaves and birds’ nests
from the branch, battering
grain flat in the fields;
mice, rabbits in their burrows
drowned.
At first dawn, soft
mists down the valley rise till
light strikes, enamelling
each emerald green leaf
splattered clean.

— from “Summer Sequence” by W. D. Snodgrass

Yarrow Wildflowers   1 comment

Yarrow Wildflower (1 of 1)-art blogYarrow Wildflowers — Computer Art by kenne

Yellow-eyed Junco   2 comments

SCVN Nature Walk 08-08-12

Yellow-eyed Junco — Computer Painting by kenne

Art is anything you can do well. Anything you can do with Quality.

— Robert M. Pirsig

Bird On A limb   4 comments

Bird on  Limb Art July 2015-8227 blogBird On A Limb — Computer Art by kenne

On an outing to photograph
wildflowers and butterflies
a little bird kept chirping,
as if to get my attention.

Staying on point,
I tried ignoring her —
the conditions for
photographing her

were not good,
but she was persistent.
So, ignoring problems with
lighting and distance

I answered her call
taking two shots.
Later, at home
I downloaded the image

and as expected,
it was not good.
But, something
about the little bird

kept getting my attention,
so I created away
to share her
in the blogosphere.

— kenne

A Lonesome Dove   1 comment

A Lonesome Dove — Image by kenne

Each spring a pair of
white-winged doves
return to our patio area
and each year I welcome
the morning cooing calls,
sometimes on the front
courtyard wall as I leave
to go hiking or a morning run.

Later in the day,
always near sunset,
I see them at the patio fountain
for an end of day watering —
they may not know it
but we have become close friends
over the five years
we have called Tucson our home.

The other day as I returned from
an early morning run
I noticed a dove
on the street circle grassy area
face down
tail feather pointed up,
almost instinctively
I began to look around —

there on the courtyard wall
was a lone dove
looking toward the circle.
Later that morning I saw him
in a mesquite tree near the circle —
and for days now I see
him as if without looking.
Slowly I have accepted

that my friend
has lost a friend.
Now only one dove
visits the fountain at sunset.
I have begun to noticed
morning cooing again,
maybe, just maybe my friend
will find a new friend.

— kenne

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