Archive for the ‘Desert’ Tag

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


early morning —


would say

“as the



the form appears.”


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

Blossom of Colors   1 comment

Cactus Blossom Close-up (1 of 1) art blog“Blossom of Colors” — Computer Art by kenne

What is art?
What is life?
What is time?

I know, but
when you ask me
I don’t.

To define
is to fix
in place,

in real life
is fixed.

— kenne

Sedona Cicada   1 comment

Cicada(1 of 1)-9 blogThere’s a lot of cicada noise In Sedona. — Image by kenne

It’s not ringing in your ears

you hear, it’s

horny cicadas singing

their hearts out.

— kenne

Sedona, Arizona Panorama   Leave a comment

Airport Loop Trail (1 of 1)-23 Panorama blogSedona Panorama from the Airport Loop Trail (June 13, 2015) — Image by kenne

On my recent trip to Sedona I was using both my D200 and D800 Nikons. I had a 12-28 Nikon DX lens on the D200. The above panorama was created by merging two 28mm, f/18, 1/60, ISO 100 images in Photoshop.

I have had the D200, which has a 10.2-MP CCD image sensor, for ten years and it continues to be a real workhorse. Usually, when hiking I carry one camera, the D800 with a 28-300 zoom lens. Because of the variety of views on this trail, I carried both cameras, which allowed me to capture this panorama image — thanks to Photoshop.


Morning Meditation   6 comments

Man on Rock (1 of 1)-2 Art blogMorning Meditation — Computer Art by kenne

“Give me silence, water, hope . . .”

— Pablo Neruda


I don’t believe in age.
All old people
in their eyes,
a child,
and children,
at times
observe us with the
eyes of wise ancients.
Shall we measure
in meters or kilometers
or months?
How far since you were born?
How long
must you wander
like all men
instead of walking on its surface
we rest below the earth?

— from Ode to Age by Pablo Neruda

She Creeps Along The Ground   2 comments

rock hibiscus (1 of 1)-4-Art blogRock Hibiscus — Computer Painting by kenne

Your pea-like flower
creeps along the ground
in full sail with
tangled cluster leaf stalks,
your masts
two-lobed purple petal,
your banner
two smaller light pink petals,
your wings
two fused petals,
your keel.

— kenne

Desert Wildflowers   Leave a comment

Spring Wildflowers Art (1 of 1)-2 blog IIDesert Wildflowers — Computer Painting by kenne

the old man

hikes with

heavy feet

across the soul

of the mountains.

eyes blinking,

sometime winking

at the poppies

wishing to

pull up each

like the skirt of a

young women —

his ego

begins drifting

in the wind

left only with


of what was.

— kenne

Wildflower Art   1 comment

Wildflower (1 of 1)-2_art blogWildflower Art — Image by kenne

First 100 Degree Day In Tucson May 30th   2 comments

Pation Sun Screen (1 of 1) blogPatio Sun Screen — Image by kenne

Our patio is where we can sit and watch the sunset. But when the temperatures start going over 100 degrees, it’s time for the patio sun screen. Through the screen we can watch the sunset with the shadows of the sago palm and olive tree on the screen — beautiful day in the desert!

We almost made it through May without hitting triple digits.


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