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Birds Near Tubac, Arizona   3 comments

Ash-throated Flycatcher Near Tubac Along The Santa Cruz River 

Ash-throated Flycatcher Near Tubac Along The Santa Cruz River

Lesser Goldfinch In A Mesquite Tree

Albert’s Towhee — Images by kenne

One of the birding trips I went on during last month’s Tucson Audubon Society’s annual birding festival was to Tubac,
which is located near the Santa Cruz River. These are a few of the better shots I was able to get while there.

Since I live in the Tucson area and often hiked trails in and around Tubac, most all the birds we saw I can see from my patio.
The major difference was being able to spend time with birders from all across the country and Mexico —
an interesting group of people, if you get my drift.

— kenne

‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

— Emily Dickinson

“I would not sacrifice . . .”   1 comment

16238172044_516d5504f5_oPhoto-Artistry by kenne

What Do You Call A Group Of Saguaros?   1 comment

Saguaros (1 of 1) blogA Group of Saguaros Under Nurse Trees. — Image by kenne

The previous posting (100 Year-Old Cliff Dwellershowed a photograph of a giant saguaro cactus all alone on a steep cliff. Its location was unusual, but given that most saguaros start life under a bush, i.e., a creosote, or a tree, i.e., palo verde and mesquite, making its existence very impressive. Equally impressive is locating a group of saguaros protected by both mesquite and palo verde trees, which begged the question, “What do you call a group of saguaros?” Tribe? Legion? Family? Thicket? Grove? Clump? Gang? Clan? Bunch? Band? Coterie? Whatever, even researching the question didn’t give us an answer. So, for now, you can choose. Given the Tohono O’odham Nation, or Desert People’s cultural connection to the saguaro, I choose “tribe.”


Capturing The Moment — A Flycatcher That Prefers Berries   6 comments

Female Phainopepla-1333 blogFemale Phainopepla — Image by kenne

There She Was

There she was,
Gazing at me
Wondering why
I look so funny.

There she was,
On her perch
An ocotillo branch
Sharing the gray.

There she was
A little red
In her eye
Continuing to gaze.

There she was
As I wonder why
The ocotillo
Not mesquite.

There she was
Flycatcher by name
Preferring the berries
Of desert mistletoe.

There she was
Not gazing at me
Turning her eye
To mistletoe berries.

There she was
In the desert winter
No insects
For this flycatcher.

There she was
Where there are
Berries abundant
For a misnamed bird.

There she was
Until the days
Grew hot
In the desert sun.

Now she’s gone
To the mountains
In search of a
New berry source.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Female Phainopepla   7 comments

Bear Canyon 2013

Female Phainopepla — Image by kenne

Perched high on the mesquite
Sky territory.


Capturing The Moment — Sabino Canyon Beggar   1 comment

Ground Squirrel — Image by kenne

Most of the time it’s not easy to photograph these little ground squirrels, since they move quickly behind desert ground cover. However, on this day when some of the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists were walking back from conducting the “Web of Life” program with 60 3rd graders, this guy was spotted behind a prickly pear cactus near the path. We stopped, not realizing that this must have been a signal for him to come out and greet us. When I reached into my pocket for my point & shot camera, he stood up. This response led us to conclude he thought I was reaching for food, which means this behavior was being reinforced by visitors to the canyon. Not wanting to reinforce the behavior, we moved on.

A short distance on down the trail, we made the mistake of looking back, to see he was still standing there.

“How could we keep going without giving him something?”

But, we didn’t have anything to give him, that is until one of us checked the many pockets in our naturalist vests and found the mesquite bean pod we use when working with the elementary-school kids. So, we walked back and gave him a pod.

Okay, we know this was not good naturalist behavior, but . . .


Ground Squirrel with Mesquite pod. — Image by kenne

A Nurse Tree By Any Other Name   2 comments

A Young Saguaro Cactus Has A Barrel Cactus As A Nurse Tree — Image by kenne

The Sonoran desert is the home of saguaro cacti. Often, for young saguaros to survive, they are located near another faster-growing tree that shelters the slower-growing plant by providing shade, shelter from the wind and sun, or protection from animals that may feed on the young plant. Such a plant is called a nurse tree. In the Sonoran desert, such trees are usually Palo Verde, Ironwood, or mesquite trees, which explains why young saguaros are often seen near trees. It is therefore unusual that a young saguaro would have a barrel cactus as its nurse tree. Let’s hope this quirk of nature works for both since both will be competing for resources, possibly hastening the death of the young slow-growing saguaro.


Saguaro Cactus That Have Out-Lived Their Nurse Tree — Image by kenne

Capturing the Moment — Memory Tree   Leave a comment

Tanuri Ridge River Trail — Image by kenne

When I took this photo, August 3, 2010,
I did so trying to capture the feel
of the trail and this old mesquite tree.
Little did I know that this place along the trail
had been captured before by Margarita and David Berg.

Again, my camera has taught me how to see without a camera.
My experience has taught me how to feel
the moments 
captured before by others,
so I can focus on capturing the moment.




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