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As The Spirit Wanes   1 comment

Snow 2013A Change of  Scene, Santa Catalina Mountains (February 21, 2013) — Image by kenne

Four inches

 of snow

on the

mountains tops

 April 26th.

this image

is not it

since the snow

melted

early morning —

Bukowski

would say

“as the

spirit

wanes

the form appears.”

–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

She Is Reaching Out Her Arms   Leave a comment

Reaching Out Her Arms (1 of 1) blogImage by kenne

She is reaching out her arms tonight,
Lord, my poverty is real
I pray roses shall rain down again,
from Guadalupe on her hill
and who am I to doubt these mysteries?
Cured in centuries of blood and candle smoke
I am the least of all your children here,
but I am most in need of hope.

She appeared to Juan Diego,
she left her image on his cape
five hundred years of sorrow,
cannot destroy their deepest faith
so here I am, your ragged disbeliever,
old doubting Thomas drowns in tears
as I watch your church sink through the earth,
like a heart worn down through fear

      She is reaching out her arms tonight. . .

— from Guadalupe by Tom Russell

Low Clouds In The Catalina Mountains   1 comment

Clouds (1 of 1) blogLow Clouds In The Catalina Mountains (July 5, 2015 view from patio)– Image by kenne

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly   Leave a comment

Pipevine-Swallowtail-(1-of-1)-copy-artPipevine Swallowtail Butterfly — Computer Art by kenne

Pipevine Swallowtail (1 of 1) blogPipevine Swallowtail Butterfly — Image by kenne

Mexican Bird of Paradise   Leave a comment

Bird of Paradise (1 of 1)-2 blogMexican Bird of Paradise — Images by kenne

Bird of Paradise (1 of 1) blogSometimes called the Red Bird of Paradise, this fast growing plant comes on quickly in the spring from being cut back after the first in the late fall. Although it’s considered an evergreen, the cooler fall desert nights cause it to loose any remaining blossoms and begin to loose leaves. Until then, they add a lot of color to our desert landscape.

A Popular Cactus Blossom   1 comment

Airport Loop Trail (1 of 1)-11 blogBee & Mesquite Beetle on a Prickly Pear Blossom — Image by kenne

I would not sacrifice a single living mesquite tree for
any book ever written. One square mile of living desert is
worth a hundred “great books” — and one brave deed
is worth a thousand.

— Edward Abbey

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