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Bighorn Fire Air Assault Photos   1 comment

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Bighorn Air Assult-1-72Bighorn Fire Air Assault Photos by kenne

Trying to get photos of the Bighorn Fire air assault from my patio in the eastern Catalina Foothills is not an easy trick. I’m licking a good location and the lens needed to do justice to the challenge.

Sharing these two images is meant so I can direct you to some photos taken by my good friend, Ned Harris. Here’s a link to his Flickr account:

When it comes to aerial photos, he is among the best. Enjoy!

— kenne


Crested Caracara   1 comment

Crested Caracara-Art-72Crested Caracara — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Crested Caracaras are large birds with wingspans up to four feet. Males and females have the same plumage:
a black-topped head, a bare, reddish-orange face, and a white neck. The back and wings
are dark browns to black; the legs and talons are yellow. The underside of the wings has white tips.
The underside of the blacktail has white at the rump.  In-flight, caracaras could be mistaken for black vultures.
(Arizona Daily Independent)

Recently, my friend and fellow Sabino CanyonVolunteer Naturalist Ned Harris shared some of his recent
images of crested caracaras. He is an amazing photographer!
Check out Ted’s Flickr account.

Ned Harris_W5A3105Crested Caracara On A Saguaro — Image by Ned Harris

Tubac Hawk Watch   Leave a comment

This is the time of year to witness migrating birds passing through the southeastern Arizona area. Among them is the common black hawk.

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Tubac Hawk Watch-1342Even without the “big gun” lens some of my raptor photographer friends have, I have wanted to go to the Tubac Hawk Watch, which I was able to do this past Tuesday with Bill Kaufman.

I expected to be outgunned, by not having anything over 300+ mm lens, I still gave it my best shot.

Bill and I arrived about 8:15 am at the Ron Morriss Park in Tubac. Most of the birds of prey usually start taking flight between 9:00 am and noon, so we were surprised when some started coming out of the tree-line to the east minutes after we had arrived.

“Black Hawk Up”! “Black Hawk Up”! Became the cry as birders pointed cameras and binoculars to the sky.

Knowing that such a flight pattern near the tree-line would be good for me and my lesser lens (28-300 mm), I had already moved to a position near the tree-line. Even so, my images don’t begin to match up to the more powerful lenses.

Here’s one of my images, followed by one Bill Kaufman took.

Common Black Hawk-1287 blogImage by kenne

Common Black Hawk_Tubac Hawk Watch-20180313_0018_bImage by Bill Kaufman



Tubac Hawk Watch-1351 blogNed Harris, seated in the middle,
is my Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist mentor
and excellent raptor photographer.
Several of his photos are in Pete Dunne’s book, Birds of Prey.”

Tubac Hawk Watch-1353 blogBill Kaufman is second from the left.

untitled-1350.jpgImages by kenne

To force the pace and never to be still
Is not the way of those who study birds
Or women. The best poets wait for words.
The hunt is not an exercise of will
But patient love relaxing on a hill
To note the movement of a timid wing;
Until the one who knows that she is loved
No longer waits but risks surrendering –
In this the poet finds his moral proved
Who never spoke before his spirit moved.

— from “Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher” by Nissim Ezekiel



Ned Harris and Friends Nature Walk   10 comments

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Wild Flowers On Mt. Lemmon (List compiled by SCVN member, Anne Green.) — Images by kenne (July 30, 2014)
(Click on any of the tiled images to see larger view in a slideshow format. You can also click here to see a full-screen slideshow on Flickr.)

Ned Harris & Friends Nature Walk On Mt. Lemmon

Capturing The Moment — Scarlet Darter Dragonfly   7 comments

Sabino Canyon August 7 2013Scarlet Darter Dragonfly — Image by kenne (To see excellent photos of dragonflies and creatures of flight, check out Ned Harris’ Flickr account.)

The Copper Dragonfly

the transparent wings of
the copper dragonfly
yet another mirror
through the sky

— Stu Harley


Capturing The Moment — Little Lemonhead   Leave a comment

Ned's Nature Walk -- 01-1-09-13Little Lemonhead — Image by kenne

Winter brings its own beauty, but flowers are not usually part of the picture. In the Santa Catalina foothills of the Sonoran Desert there exist a plant with small yellow heads with narrow yellow rays. The above image was taken yesterday in the Sabino Canyon riparian area near the Sabino Canyon Dam.

Another image of this plant, by Ned Harris, can be viewed on Ann Green’s blog, Sabino Canyon.


When I Grow Up, I Want To Be As Good As Ned!   1 comment

Ned Harris is my Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN) mentor. He is also a super photographer. So, one might ask, why am I posting one of my photos with one of his photos? Yes, it does seem crazy! But, there is a “method to my madness.” 

First, I want to share an example Ned’s photo skills and urge you to visit his Flickr site (Ned Harris’ Photostream) to see more of the Gray Hawk pictured below and many other excellent raptors photos — he’s one of the best!

Second, as Ned knows, wildlife photography is all about being at the right place at the right time, and that’s not all luck. You have to help make things happen.

Yesterday we both were out trying to be in the “right place at the right time” — I in Sabino Canyon, Ned in Aravaipa Canyon. As I walked in the riparian area above the Sabino Canyon Dam, I saw a Copper’s Hawk above me. I quickly readied my camera to capture the moment — in a split second, I took the shot the hawk dove back and down away from me. But, to be correct, I wasn’t as ready as I should have been, which you can tell from the image below.

Ned, however, is driving down the road and sees a gray hawk on a telephone cable. As he slows down to pull over, he turns off the SUV engine to reduce noise, coming to a stop. Then, sliding over from the driver’s seat, he takes some stunning images with the camera in hand. 

Talk about “right place, right time,” but more importantly, he has the camera instinct to create those moments we all hope for when we put a camera in our hands. 

— kenne

Copper’s Hawk In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Gray Hawk with Desert Spiny Lizard — Image by Ned Harris

Mesquite Girdler — A Landscape Architect   4 comments

The Work of a Mesquite Girdler — Image by kenne

This image is almost identical to one on Ann Green’s blog, Sabino Canyon, taken by naturalist Bob Wenwick, which is not surprising since we were on the same nature walk yesterday. Ned Harris probably has an identical image. It was naturalist Fred Heath that spotted the work of the mesquite girdler on the Bluff Trail above Sabino Creek.

This small beetle plays a big role in shaping the landscape, and being new to the desert, this is what I have learned from my naturalist friends — the female beetle chew a deep groove around the diameter of a mesquite stem, and the resulting girdle kills the stem beyond the groove, where she will lay an egg. The larval offspring bore into the dead wood. Thus, this little beetle effectively prunes mesquite trees helping shape the desert landscape — probably more than you ever wanted to know. What else would you expect from a convert!


Ned Harris — Nature and Aviation Photographer   Leave a comment

Ned Harris — Image by kenne

If you like excellent nature and aviation photos, then you need to check out the work  of Ned Harris on Flickr.  Ned a is retired Aerospace Engineer, a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Nationalist (SCVN) and photographer. He also just happens to be my SCVN mentor — I’m getting a two-for-one deal as I go through the SCVN training. 


Ned Harris Photographing Smartweed On The Sabino Creek Dam — Image by kenne

“Do You Know Your Burroweed vs. Burro Brush?”   3 comments

Burroweed in the foreground (more gray), Burro Brush in the Background (more green) — Image by kenne

Do You Know Your Burroweed vs. Burro Brush? With the help of my SCVN mentor, Ned Harris, and other naturalists, I’m slowly learning about these two plants in Sabino Canyon. One of the best ways I learn is by photographing the plant(s) and posting them on this blog.

Burroweed was more in bloom a few weeks ago, the greener Burro Brush blooms in the spring. So, this is not the best time of the year to photograph these two plants in the Sunflower Family. Click here to see an image taken by Carol Tornow (SCVN) and posted on Anne Green’s (SCVN) Sabino Canyon blog. The Sabino Canyon blog is a great learning source for those of us trying to increase our knowledge of nature in the Sonoran Desert.


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Capturing The Moment — Ned’s Prairie Falcon   Leave a comment

Prairie Falcon — Image by Ned Harris

Ned Harris is an excellent photographer. You can see for yourself by going to his Flickr site.

Since Ned is my SCVN mentor and leads nature walks, I’ve had opportunities to learn a lot from him. Like all excellent photographers, Ned doesn’t just wait for photo-opts, he creates opportunities by staying alert in his environment. Yesterday, Ned was returning home, when a few blocks from his house, he saw this prairie falcon — racing home, he returned to capture several images.


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