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Verdin In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Verdin In Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne

“In the heat of desert arroyos and scrublands, tiny grayish Verdins flash bright colors—
a yellow head and chestnut shoulder patch. More slender and small-headed than a chickadee,
these restless birds comb the foliage of trees for insects and spiders, sometimes hanging upside down
to investigate hard-to-reach places. They supplement their insect diet with fruits and even nectar,
which they may sip from hummingbird feeders.” — Source:

Dove In Mesquite Tree   2 comments

White-winged Dove In Mesquite Tree — Photo-Artistry by kenne

we have eye connect

can she see into my soul

we will never know

— kenne

Springtime In The Sonoran Desert   4 comments

Springtime In The Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne

This saguaro has grown under the protection of a mesquite tree serving as a nurse tree.
This spring the cactus is loaded with flower buds, many of which a beginning to bloom.

— kenne

Greater Roadrunner In Mesquite Tree   Leave a comment

Greater Roadrunner-72Greater Roadrunner In Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne

Roadrunners don’t spend much time in trees. However, this guy was in a mesquite tree where he could more easily be seen and heard by a female a few hundred feet away  — it worked. 

— kenne

Verdin In Mesquite Tree   2 comments

4-H Group-0788 Verdin blog IIVerdin In Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne 

Ned's Nature Walk-9757 blogVerdin’s Nest — Image by kenne

Verdin In Sabino Canyon Riparian Area   Leave a comment

Verdin in Sabino Canyon-Edit-1-art-72.jpgVerdin In Sabino Canyon Riparian Area — Photo-Artistry by kenne

His call is clear
a chip followed
by another chip
then another
moving as in a
constant motion —
chip, chip.

— kenne

Quality   Leave a comment

Roadrunner In Tree-Edit-1-blogGreater Roadrunner Stalking A Tree Lizard In A Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne

Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions.

— Robert M. Pirsig

Lesser Goldfinch — Oh Little Bird   2 comments

lesser-goldfinch-0676-blogLesser Goldfinch in a Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne

Oh Little Bird

Oh little bird with head atilt,
In safety drinking as thou wilt
From out the wayside found;
Unmindful of the noisy crowd profane,
What fears thy wings surmount!

 Oh blithesome, eager little bird,
With reverent head turned heavenward,
I feel thy silent thanks!
The charm within the voice of men,
The potency of gift of pen,
Thy gratitude outranks.

So would I find some wayside pool,
Some sheltered spot with water cool
From which no more to shrink.
Oh little bird with head atilt,
Would I had wings to soar ‘bove guilt
And share thy tranquil drink!

  — Edwin Leibfreed



Mesquite Tree Gall — Computer Art   Leave a comment

Gall Art (1 of 1) blogMesquite Tree Gall — Computer Art by kenne

The challenge will not wait.
Life does not look back.
A week is more than enough time for us 
to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.

— Paulo Coelho

American Kestrel — Computer Painting   2 comments

American Kestrel (1 of 1) art blogAmerican Kestrel Atop a Mesquite Tree On A Winter Day — Computer Painting by kenne

“Though you were watching me,
I neither ate nor drank, but what
you saw was a vision.”

A Greater Roadrunner Takes To The Trees   1 comment

Roadrunner (1 of 1)-2 blogGreater Roadrunners are usually seen running on the ground,

Roadrunner (1 of 1) blogthis roadrunner left the road for a nearby mesquite tree.

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Roadrunner (1 of 1)-5 blogImages by kenne

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

In The Shadow Of Death   Leave a comment

Tree B&W (1 of 1)-2 art sepia blogIn The Shadow of Death — Sepia Painting by kenne

The shadow of death
A passage of desert time
With birth at its feet.

Each day is blessed
With new replacing the old
For which we give thanks.

— kenne


Desert Art From The Heart   Leave a comment

Nurse Tree (1 of 1) art blogImage by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Praying Mantis Egg Case   4 comments

Beyond Tucson Event-9483 blogPraying Mantis Egg Case on a Mesquite Tree Branch — Image by kenne

While taking some children on a nature walk during the Beyond Tucson Event in Sabino Canyon, I reached up to pull down a mesquite tree branch to demonstrate the small leaf size and spotted a praying mantis egg case — a teaching moment. If I had looked for one, it would not have happen.

Later this spring a hundred or more praying mantis’ will emerge from the case.


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