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An Ocotillo Morning In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

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Ocotillo-1595 blogOcotillo Blooming In Sabino Canyon — Images by kenne

Fouquieria splendens (commonly known as ocotillo American Spanish: [okoˈtiʝo], but also referred to as coachwhip, candlewood, slimwood, desert coral, Jacob’s staff, Jacob cactus, and vine cactus) is a plant indigenous to the Sonoran Desert and Chihuahuan Desert in the Southwestern United States (southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas), and northern Mexico (as far south as Hidalgo and Guerrero).

Ocotillo Sun   Leave a comment

Ocotillo (1 of 1) Art blogOcotillo Sun — Digital Art by kenne

The ocotillos
are in bloom
all over the desert,
their red flame
lost only when
inline with the sun.

— kenne

Sabino Canyon Images, March 14, 2018   5 comments

 

(Click On Any of the Tiled Images for A Larger View in A Slideshow Format.)

 

Sabino Canyon Images, March 14, 2018, by kenne

It doesn’t matter
how slowly you go
as long as you
do not stop.

— Confucius

A Summer Morning In Sabino Canyon — A Photo Essay   12 comments

This time of year if you are going to spend time in Sabino Canyon, it needs to be early in the morning. It doesn’t take long before the temperature can be in the triple digits — yes, this is Tucson, Arizona.

For a lot of us who love spending time outdoors and hiking, this time of year most of our time is spent up on Mt. Lemmon. Couple that with my trying to spend more time with Joy, except for checking the mail and an occasional meeting, I haven’t been in the canyon lately.

So, this morning after a little jog in the neighborhood, I headed over to Sabino Canyon where I went on an hour and a half hike in and effort to relieve my guilt. 

Barrel Cactus (1 of 1) blog

We are still early in the desert monsoon season, so signs of the heat and dry air are everywhere. (Barrel cactus)

Sabino Creek (1 of 1) blog

Sabino creek is dry . . .

Sabino Creek (1 of 1)-2 blog

. . . and the area above the dam looks like a beach.

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Down stream from the dam rocks minis water flowing over and around them have taken on different colors.

Squirrels (1 of 1) blog

Even so, there is still plenty of live in the canyon, here two squirrels are cooling themselves in the shade at the creek dam.

Ground Squirrel (1 of 1) blog

Here a busy ground squirrel checking me out before retreating into his cool den.

Saguaro Blossom (1 of 1) blog

A late-blooming Saguaro can occasionally be found.

Desert Marigold (1 of 1) blog

Desert Marigolds . . .

Desert Marigold - Butterfly (1 of 1) blog

. . . attracting butterflies.

Gall (1 of 1) blog

A gall produced by flies that inhabit creosote bushes.

ocotillo (1 of 1) blog

An ocotillo leafed out from an early July rain.

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Another ocotillo surrounded by prickly pear cactus whose fruit is beginning to turn red.

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Prickly pear fruit.

White Winged Dove (1 of 1) blog

Still, often under austere conditions, life goes on. (Whitewinged Dove)

Sabino Canyon (1 of 1)-2 blog

The harshness of this land causes many to see the Sonoran desert to be a wasteland.

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Those who have experienced the beauty of this amazing desert know it is not, but if left unprotected, it can become a man-made wasteland.

— kenne

Among all the geographic areas of the United States, the Southwest in general
and Arizona in particular is blessed with a panoramic beauty that almost defies description.
Only a limited number of poets, painters, and photographers
have been able to do justice to her splendor.

— Marshall Trimble, Arizona: A Panoramic History of a Frontier State, 1977

The Flame   Leave a comment

ocotillo cactus (1 of 1)-2 art blog“The Flame” (Ocotillo Cactus Blossom) — Computer Art by kenne

We are experiencing a very dry spring in southern Arizona causing most ocotillo not to leaf out,
but the dry conditions has not stopped this desert plant from blooming from the end of the stems.
The origin of the name is Mexican Spanish meaning torch made of pine.

— 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

Just A Little Rain Turns Ocotillo Green   2 comments

Lizard Walk (1 of 1)-30 blogJust a Little Rain Turns Ocotillo Green — image by kenne

Ocotillo green

Colors the summer desert,

Better green than gray.

— kenne

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