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Cholla Cactus – Hanging Fruit   Leave a comment

Cholla Castus-Hanging Fruit-72Cholla Cactus – Hanging Fruit — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“The first rule about the low hanging fruit principle
is to always watch out for low hanging branches,
they’re the ones to take it away from you.”

― Stephen Richards

Cholla Cactus Spines   1 comment

Cholla (1 of 1)-Edit-1-art-72Cholla Cactus Spines — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The spines of a cholla are actually modified leaves that help protect the surface of
the cactus from preditors. A surprising function of cacti spines is to provide shade
for the cactus itself, yes, shade. Each spine casts a shadow on the cactus as the sun
moves across the desert sky.

— kenne

Cholla Cactus — Hanging Fruit   1 comment

Cholla Castus-Hanging Fruit-72Cholla Cactus — Hanging Fruit — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Nature is disordered, powerful, and chaotic, and through fear of the chaos, we impose
a system on it. We abhor complexity and seek to simplify things whenever we can by
whatever means we have at hand. We need to have an overall explanation of what the
universe is and how it functions. In order to achieve this overall view, we develop
explanatory theories, that will give structure to natural phenomena: we classify nature
into a coherent system, which appears to do what we say it does.

— from The Day The Universe Changed by James Burke

 

Sleepy Orange   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon Landscape Sleepy Orange(1 of 1)-4 grunge art blog.jpgSleepy Orange Butterfly on a Cholla Cactus — Grunge Art by kenne

Saying nothing… sometimes says the most.

— Emily Dickinson

Building A Nest In A Safe Place   4 comments

Saguzro Cactus January 27, 2014-9646-2 blogBuilding a Nest in a Safe Place (Probably a Cactus Wren’s nest.) — Image by kenne

Cholla Forest In The Sonoran Desert   4 comments

Panther Pear Hike-Panorama blog FramedCholla Forest at the Base of Panther Peak in the Tucson Mountains — Panorama Image by kenne

Sonoran Desert
by Tara Trewinnard-Boyle

How lucky am I? I have found my home!
In the place of dust and rock where the lizards run,
Where hot winds whip and the sun sears through a lapis colored sky.
Where Saguaros march uninhibited across the arid land.
Miles and miles of emptiness: freedom.

This is the place where Mother Nature still shows her true beauty.
Wild and uncompromising, she cuts me down to my rightful size.
Teaching me to live without; demand less; appreciate more.
Silently reminding me that the race is of my own making.
I can be free.

I have found my home. Not the home I was born to but where I belong.
The ache of leaving weighs heavy in my heart.
But today I can carry with me a gift, humbly offered to all who seek.
The desert is more than a place; it is a state of mind.
It is life and death, land and sky, struggle and freedom.

Slow! Your frantic pace does not matter here.
Breathe and be grounded in your humanness.
Be still and find your small place in this vast world.
You belong, just as you are. In the silence you can find peace.
This is the gift of the desert; for which I am eternally grateful.

The Attach Of Jumping Cholla   9 comments

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Milagrosa Loop-9074 blogRemoving Cholla Spines — Images by kenne

Jumping Cholla

When it happens,
You swear it just
Jumped at you.

The trail is clear,
Not a lot of brush
Or cactus nearby,

And it happens –
The attach of the
Jumping cholla.

Cholla spines
Penetrate your hand,
Disbelief succumbing to pain.

Inexperienced hikers
Ponder what to do
Hoping not to make

A bad situation worse.
Experienced hikers
Are ready with a comb.

Prepared hikers.
Like a good scout,
Also have ointment handy.

Cactus spines are
Experience builders –
“Spine me once . . .”

— kenne

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