Archive for the ‘Capturing the Moment’ Tag

A Hungry Hawk   4 comments

Cooper’s Hawk in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

I have a little knowledge of this bird,

never as much as an ornithologist.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have

the right personality or something,

being concerned fundamentally

with the “oughts” of life from

a philosophical point of view,

if you know what I mean.

— kenne

Lake Woodlands Sunset   4 comments

Lake Woodlands Sunset (October 1, 2009) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

When I lived in the forest

it was not always easy to see 

the sunset for the trees.

After a short trail walk

I would spend some time

at the lake and nearby dam

before crossing the bridge 

to set under a gazebo

watching motorless boats

moving silently across the lake.

— kenne

Kate and Mate   1 comment

Kate and Matt (April 1, 2005) — Image by kenne

Memories in time

One of life’s special moments

Love of a daughter.

— kenne

Queen On Palmleaf Mistflower   Leave a comment

Queen Butterfly On Palmleaf Mistflower — Image by kenne

Every young plant springing
         into heavy air,
one’s self up, out
         from the core
                   as if earth’s got
too hot
          for anyone to tough
                    too much;
much as the much-sung lark
          climbs higher,
                     outsinging where
branches spread and flare
           like ravelled wire-
                     ends or one’s hair
in an electric charge might
           upstand, lift, as some
                      wire prancer’s parasol
might parachute and drift
           you gentle down to ground
                       once more.

— from Summer Sequence by W. D. Snodgrass

Tom Markey Past Away on August 17, 2022, RIP   6 comments

Tom Taking A Moment to Rest Before Setting Up Camp on Mica Mountain (April 2012) — Image by kenne

Remembering So Much, Yet So Little

We walked together as brothers
His a shuffled pace totaling
Many unnumbered miles
Remembering so much, yet so little

Have known him for the last ten years
Reminding me of my brother,
It seemed like a lifetime
Remembering so much, yet so little

When we first met
We were in a hiking group
For me, all were strangers
Remembering so much, yet so little

He had that something
We all feel but can’t explain
As with the wistfulness of used books
Remembering so much, yet so little

Hiking dusty trails, stirred only by our steps,
A soft breeze unable to lift
The dust above our boots
Remembering so much, yet so little

Sharing a love of the wild
To hear sounds, see vistas
In the desert and sky islands
Remembering so much, yet so little

He was born with a feel for the moment
Making use of the incidentals
Whether invited or not
Remembering so much, yet so little

An eye for beauty and form
Where nothing is perfect
And everything is perfect.
Remembering so much, yet so little

Always ready to go farther afield
Looking for new trails – such as
The Hidden Pasture Trail
Remembering so much, yet so little

Meticulously researching new adventures
Was a hobby driven by the belief
One knows the country through direct contact
Remembering so much, yet so little

Possessing a diverse love of life
Sharing stories of youthful conquests
As the sunsets only to be replaced by a full moon
Remembering so much, yet so little

Dare not wave the punctual tissue of farewell
He would reply with an insouciant shrug
Therefore, I drink to you, my brother
Remembering so much, yet so little

For this is a path we will all take
On the Hidden Pasture Trail
It’s all part of nature’s plan
Remembering so much, yet so little

— kenne

Mighty Saguaro   2 comments

Mighty Saguaro — Image by kenne

The Mighty Saguaro

The mighty saguaro,
so majestic and tall,
holds its lifelong secrets
surprising one and all.

The seedling saguaro
begins small and afraid,
hoping it will survive
beneath the nurse plant’s shade.

The tiny saguaro
grows a little each year,
searching for the water
which is precious and dear.

The struggling saguaro
pushes upward for days,
glad it keeps avoiding
a new herbivore’s gaze.

The lucky saguaro
survives the desert heat,
outliving the nurse plant
not knowing of its feat.

The patient saguaro
looks skyward at all hours,
until at age fifty
it produces first flowers.

The giving saguaro
shares its bounty with all
who wait for months on end
for tasty fruits to fall.

The youthful saguaro
knows at seventy-five
that its newly formed arms
keeps desert friends alive.

The aging saguaro
has been a willing friend
to desert’s small creatures
dependent to the end.

The mighty saguaro
grows to fifty feet high,
waiting two hundred years
to almost touch the sky.

— Debbie Emery

Hummingbird At Feeder #2   Leave a comment

Hummingbird At Feeder #2 — Photo-Artistry by kenne

bird against the sky
keeps visiting our feeder
for another drink

careful, it can become addictive

— kenne

 

Anna’s Hummingbird At Feeder   5 comments

Anna’s Hummingbird at Our Patio Feeder (August 27, 2022) — Images by kenne

An Ominous Sign   1 comment

Turkey Vulture — Image by kenne

This turkey vulture landed in a mesquite tree 25’ from our patio.
This was two days after my best friend, Tom Markey had passed away — an ominous sign.
Or, had the bird become a little disoriented because of the monsoon storms?

(My camera lens focused more on the branches than the bird.)

— kenne

Upper Sabino Canyon Panorama   Leave a comment

Upper Sabino Canyon In the Santa Catalina Mountains (November 18, 2011) — Panorama by kenne

A light wind 
As we hike
Up through
The canyon
Late fall
Eight miles
Out and back

— kenne

Carpenter Bee   Leave a comment

Carpenter Bee In A Sacred Datura Blossom — Image by kenne

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language

And next year’s words await another voice.

— from Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot

 

Indian Paintbrush Wildflowers On Green Mountain Trail   1 comment

Indian Paintbrush Wildflowers On Green Mountain Trail — HDR Image by kenne

Indian paintbrush

Red flowers on Green Mountain

Beautiful moments

— kenne

Mexican Cactus Fly   Leave a comment

Mexican Cactus Fly on Sneezeweed — NDR Image by kenne

Mountain storms help me
Know places for the first time
Pointing to one end.

— kenne

Gila Woodpeckers Frequently Visit Our Patio   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpeckers Frequently Visit Our Patio (July 10, 2022) — Images by kenne
Having Water and Food Available Daily Attracts Many Birds

“Gila Woodpeckers are grayish brown birds with brilliant black-and-white barring on the wings, back, and tail.
In flight, the outer wings are black with a crescent-shaped white patch at the base of the primary feathers.
Males have a red patch in the center of the crown.” –
– Source: allaboutbirds.org

Ladybug on Common Yarrow   Leave a comment

Ladybug on Common Yarrow (July 8, 2022) — Image by kenne

on the meadow trail

few mountain flowers this year

observing the few

— kenne

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