Archive for the ‘Catalina Foothills’ Tag

Curve-billed Thrasher at Patio Bird Feeder   Leave a comment

Curve-billed Thrasher at Patio Bird Feeder — Image by kenne

As I sit on our patio
watching birds land
in near-by mesquites

before flying to the
olive tree on the patio,
then gathering the nerve

to bolt to the bird feeders.
They are not pleased
that I sit on the patio

with a camera in hand.
Soon, the desire to eat
takes priority over fear.

— kenne

Great Western Swallowtail Butterfly   3 comments

Great Western Swallowtail Butterfly — Photo Essay by kenne

with one tail missing

the swallowtail stays on track

not missing a beat

— kenne

Morning Walk In The Catalina Foothills   Leave a comment

Morning Walk In The Catalina Foothills — Image by kenne

Let me tell you a story of Nature
and my early morning walks in the
desert. The fragrance of cactus blossoms
and the starkness of its beauty beckon.

Or, is it the silence, like no other, interrupted
only by the hum of bees and tiny species
who materialize when you draw a handful
of sand to your eyes, viewing them as equals.

— from A Desert Walk by Constance La France

Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly   2 comments

Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly — Image by kenne

The great purple hairstreak, Atlides halesus (Cramer), is a fascinating butterfly.  Although its preferred
and most frequently used common name is great purple hairstreak, it does not have any accurate purple
coloring. A few publications use the name great blue hairstreak, which is more appropriate.
I spotted this guy on our patio

— kenne

Gila Woodpecker   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpecker — Images by kenne

“I enjoy watching the woodpeckers. They don’t fly away until I come quite close to them.”

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

Morning Walk View Of The Catalina Foothills   Leave a comment

Morning Walk View Of The Catalina Foothills — Image by kenne

Early morning rains left behind some low-hinging clouds over the Santa Catalina Mountains’ front range.


Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly   1 comment

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly On Mexican Bird of Paradice — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Lemons On Potted Tree   Leave a comment

Potted Lemon Tree (August 7, 2022) — HDR Image by kenne

After almost losing our Meyer lemon tree last year, this year it has a lot of new leaf growth and about two dozen lemons.

— kenne

Pyrrhuloxia On A Hot Day At The Feeder   2 comments

Pyrrhuloxia On A Hot Day At The Feeder — Images by kenne

Dapper in looks and cheerful in song, the Pyrrhuloxia or desert cardinal is a tough-as-nails songbird

of baking hot deserts in the American Southwest and northern Mexico. — Source:

A Thirsty Hummingbird   Leave a comment

A Thirsty Hummingbird — Photo-Artistry by kenne


Summer days are hot

Several gallons each day

Go in the fountain.

The olive tree shade

The fountain and thirsty birds

Nature at my door.

— kenne

A Little Rain Overnight in The Catalina Foothills   Leave a comment

A Little Rain Overnight in The Catalina Foothills — Image by kenne

the monsoon clouds brought

a little rain overnight

maybe more to come

— kenne


Pyrrhuloxia At Our Patio Fountain   3 comments

We haven’t seen too many Pyrrhuoxias coming to the feeder and fountain this summer,

but this guy is interested in cooling off from our triple-digit temperatures here in Tucson.

This Pyrrhuoxia looks like an immature male because of the dark bill. Adults have a yellow bill.

— kenne

Pyrrhuloxia (July 17, 2022) — Images by kenne

Heat And The Hawk A Photo-Essay   Leave a comment

One doesn’t usually see cooper’s hawk standing on the ground, so when I spotted this on the circle
curb I got my camera, first being careful not to spook the hawk. 

Slowly, I moved closer, realizing this was an immature hawk that might be having problems
with our 110-degree temps and was spending time in the shade.

The cooper’s hawk watches me closely as I continue to narrow my distance from the bird.

I start to move to the hawk’s right trying to create a different angle to photograph this young bird.

Finally, the cooper’s hawk began to move toward flight. — Images by kenne


Cactus Blossom   Leave a comment

Cactus Blossom — Image by kenne

I wait for the moment
I’ll return to the trails
as I did for twelve years
beneath Tucson’s blue sky
in some world of youth
and springtime. Give me,
Powers of the Universe,
the springtime but
spare me the child.

— kenne


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