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Fiddleneck and Bee   2 comments

Esperero Trail Wildflowers Spring 2013Fiddleneck and Bee — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Fiddleneck and bee
Background shadows with color
Spring is everywhere.

— kenne

Wildflower Images, February 25, 2014 Nature Walk   7 comments

Wildflower Images, February 25, 2014 Nature Walk by kenne [Place cursor over image to see name of flower, and/or click on any image to see slideshow.]

“Strolling on, it seems to me
that the strangeness and wonder
of existence are emphasized here,
in the desert,
by the comparative sparsity of the flora and fauna:
life not crowded upon life
as in other places
but scattered abroad in spareness and simplicity,
with a generous gift of space
for each herb and bush and tree,
each stem of grass,
so that the living organism
stands out bold and brave and vivid
against the lifeless sand and barren rock.
The extreme clarity of the desert light
is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life-forms.
Love flowers best in openness and freedom.”

— Edward Abbey

Desert Orangetip On A Fiddleneck   Leave a comment

7 Falls April 2013Desert Orangetip Butterfly On A Fiddleneck Wildflower — Image by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Desert Chicory   Leave a comment

Desert Chicory — Image by kenne

When I’m in New Orleans, I love to have chicory and coffee at Cafe Du Monde. But here in the Sonoran Desert, I love my chicory desert type — Desert Chicory. These beautiful desert flowers were captured along the Esperero Trail in Esperero Canyon on the 24th of February.

kenne

Chicory

by John Updike

(from Americana and Other Poems)

Show me a piece of land that God forgot—
a strip between an unused sidewalk, say,
and a bulldozed lot, rich in broken glass—
and there, July on, will be chicory,

its leggy hollow stems staggering skyward,
its leaves rough-hairy and lanceolate,
like pointed shoes too cheap for elves to wear,
its button-blooms the tenderest mauve-blue.

How good of it to risk the roadside fumes,
the oil-soaked heat reflected from asphalt,
and wretched earth dun-colored like cement,
too packed for any other seed to probe.

It sends a deep taproot (delicious, boiled),
is relished by all livestock, lends its leaves
to salads and cooked greens, but will not thrive
in cultivated soil: it must be free.

(Source: The Writer’s Almanac)

Desert Chicory

Desert Chicory with Fiddleneck friends — Images by kenne

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