Archive for the ‘Flora and Fauna’ Tag

Sonoran Desert Flora   5 comments

Wildflowers (1 of 1) blogSonoran Desert Flora — Image by kenne


Brittlebush Blooming Everywhere In Picacho Peak State Park   1 comment

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Wildflowers (1 of 1)-4-2 blogBrittlebush Blooming Everywhere In Picacho Peak State Park — Images by kenne
Friend, Tom Markey and I spent a recent morning hiking in the Park and so much is in full bloom.
This posting focuses on brittlebush images with many more wildflowers to come.
Click here to see more brittlebush images in a slideshow format.

Poppy Season In The Sonoran Desert — Gold On The Mountains   1 comment

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Wildflowers (1 of 1)-2 blogMexican Gold Poppy Images by kenne

 Wildflowers abound

With plenty to go around —

Gold on the mountains.

— kenne

Ocotillos Are Beginning to Leaf In The Sonoran Desert   3 comments

Ocotillo, Desert’s “Gray Sticks” are Beginning to Turn Green — Images by kenne

Arizona Blue Eyes   2 comments

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Arizona Blue Eyes Along The Pima Canyon Trail (February 9, 2015) — Images by kenne

The Sonoran Desert Is Turning Into A Sea Of Floral Yellow   3 comments

Brittlebush Blooming In The Sonoran Desert — Images by kenne

With good rains earlier this month the Sonoran desert is beginning to explode into a colorful display that changes the brown desert landscape into a sea of floral yellow. With a little rain, this common desert scrub will begin to bloom and will do so almost year round. I last posted brittlebush blossom images two months ago.


Jojoba Blooms In Pima Canyon   Leave a comment

Creek (1 of 1)-2 jojoba blogMale Shrub in Bloom (February 9, 2015)

jojoba (1 of 1) female blogSeeds from Last Year on Female Shrub — Images by kenne

The jojoba male plant blooms in late winter and the female plants ripen their acorn-shaped and sized seeds in summer. Click here for more information.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Star Fern   2 comments

Notholaena standleyi  Star Fern  (1 of 1) blogStar Fern (Notholaena standleyi) Nestled Near A Cliff Edge On The Northwest Side of Blackett’s Ridge Trail
Getting A Little Setting Sun (February 2, 2015) — Image by kenne

Good Intentions   1 comment

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Beautiful Intruder: Sweet Resinbush (Euryops subcarnosus) — Images by kenne

During a recent nature walk, I was eager to photograph this beautiful plant before learning that it is an “unwanted” intruder in Sabino Canyon and we would soon be pulling it up.

The plant, sweet resinbush, was brought here from South Africa in the 1930’s with the good intentions of providing forage for livestock and aid in slowing soil erosion. But, like a lot of good intentions, it proved to be more harmful than good — encroaching into healthy grasslands and choking out native vegetation. 


SCVN Graduation & Ned's Nature Walk-5559 blog

Good intentions never change anything. They only become a deeper and deeper rut.

— Joyce Meyer


There Is Clarity In The Moment, Only To Be Followed By A Non Sequitur   2 comments

Ventana Canyon Brittlebush (1 of 1) blogBrittlebush In Ventana Canyon — Image by kenne

“As we grow older the world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated . . . “

Ventana Canyon Trail (1 of 1)-2 blogBrittlebush (Encelia farinosa) Blossoms — Image by kenne

“You say I am repeating
Something I have said before. I shall say it again.
Shall I say it again? In order to arrive there,
To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
You must go by the way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.”

— T. S. Eliot

Capturing The Moment In A December Desert   3 comments

Desert Marigold  (1 of 1) blogDesert Marigold (December 5, 2014) — Image by kenne

I know this beautiful

yellow flower,

Marigold by name.

Not sure about

the butterfly,

so I Googled it.

Still not sure,

so I will

pass on it.

— kenne


Capturing The Moment — Pineleaf Milkweed Pod   4 comments

Milagrosa Loop (1 of 1)-33 Pine Leaf Milkweed Pod blogPineleaf Milkweed Pod

Milagrosa Loop (1 of 1)-34Pine Leaf Milkweed blogPineleaf Milkweed Plant (Asclepias linaria, Milkweed Family: ( Asclepiadaceae ), Pineleaf Milkweed. Also called: Threadleaf Milkweed, Pine Needle Butterfly Weed, Mexican Milkweed.) — Images by kenne


May The Wings Of The Butterfly Kiss The Sun   Leave a comment

Southern California September 2012Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly On a Mexican Bird of Paradise. — Computer Painting by kenne

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun

And find your shoulder to light on,

To bring you luck, happiness and riches

Today, tomorrow and beyond.

— Irish Blessing


Desert Art — It’s Where You Find It   2 comments

Italian Springs 2013Desert Art — Computer Painting by kenne

I write with my eyes wide open,
Often of things beneath my feet
Invisible to many who walk this path.

 Once an image is captured
I listen to inter-sounds of experience,
Searching for words inside the image.

 What matters most is the union
Of words and image is to help us
Experience what we understand.

 — kenne

Paperflower Plants In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Paperflower Plant (1 of 1)-2 blogPaperflower (Psilostrophe cooperi), November 10, 2014 — Image by kenne

The SCVN A Naturalist’s Guide To Sabino Canyon states:

Quarter-sized bright yellow composite flowers with 3-6 petals on bushy plants to 2 ft.
Thin, lance-shaped, gray-green leaves with white hairs. Blooms most reliably Apr-Jun. 
Fun Fact: Flowers fade to white and stay on long after blooming.

These plants are still providing much color this fall in Sabino Canyon.



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