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Yellow On Blue   Leave a comment

Blooming Palo Verde Tree Under A Tucson Blue Sky — Image by kenne

Palo Verde Trees Blooming In Tanuri Ridge   Leave a comment

Palo Verde Trees-3852-72Blooming Blue Palo Verde Trees (Tanuri Drive in Tanuri Ridge) — Image by kenne

This time of year the Catalina Foothills are a blaze
with the yellow blossoms of the Arizona state tree, the Blue Palo Verde.

— kenne

A Tanuri Ridge Spring   1 comment

Tanuri Ridge Spring-3457 blogA Blooming Foothills Palo Verde In Tanuri Ridge (April 11, 2018, Tucson, Arizona) — Image by kenne

There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye;
There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.

— William C. Bryant

Springtime In The Sonoran Desert   Leave a comment

Palo Verde & Saguaro-1334 blogSpringtime In The Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne

“The morning is still and perfectly clear…
How cool and crystalline the air!
In a few hours the great plain
will be almost like a fiery furnace
under the rays of the summer sun,
but now it is chilly. And in a few hours
there will be rings and bands with scarves
of heat set wavering across the waste upon
the opalescent wings of the mirage;
but now the air is so clear that one can see
the breaks in the rocky face of the mountain range,
though it is fully twenty miles away…”

— from The Desert by John Van Dyke

Palo Verde Blossoms Cover The Ground   Leave a comment

Palo Verde Blossoms Fall-1197 blogFalling Palo Verde Blossoms
Image by kenne


Palo Verdes Blooming All Over Tucson   Leave a comment

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Palo Verdes Blooming All Over Tucson — Image by kenne

Green palo verde trees

Grace Tucson streets and canyons

With their yellow blooms.

— kenne

Palo Verde Tree Blossoms   2 comments

Palo Verde Tree Blossoms (March 31, 2016) Images by kenne
I tried to post these images this morning but the images were not in the posting. This is the second time everything was fine in the Preview, but no images when posted.

Some rain came overnight.

The morning is still and cool,

the air is crystalline,

free of springs pollen —

at least for now. 

— kenne

Early Palo Verde Blossoms In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

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Early Palo Verde Blossoms In Sabino Canyon — Images by kenne

The buds are many on the canyon’s palo verde trees.
A few are beginning to open,
soon to be followed by many others
turning this spindly green stick tree
into a beacon of yellow.


Pools Of Sorrow, Waves Of Joy   6 comments

Tanuri Ridge (1 of 1) blog framed“Waves of Joy” — Image by kenne
Palo Verde trees, common to the Sonoran Desert, brighten the Tucson area with millions of five-petaled yellow blossoms in the springtime.


We traverse these streets,
sometimes early in the morning,
sometimes late in the day,
sometimes walking,
sometimes running —
always for a reason.

We wave at passersby,
sometimes we greet them,
sometimes it’s just a smile
sometimes we stop and talk,
sometimes walking together,
always for a reason.

We have neighborly expectations,
sometimes it’s watering plants,
sometimes it’s calling the ill,
sometimes it’s being complimentary,
sometimes it’s being watchful,
always for a reason.

We can be a convivial people,
sometimes we go out together,
occasionally we party together,
sometimes we join clubs together,
sometimes we share community work,
always for a reason.

We can be adversaries,
sometimes our expectations are not real,
sometimes we overreact,
sometimes we take reactions personally,
sometimes power is polarized, frustration generalized,
always for a reason.

We can be Pleasantville,
sometimes we are without color,
sometimes we are in pools of sorrow,
sometimes we are in waves of joy,
sometimes drifting through my open mind,
always for a reason.

— kenne

Tanuri Ridge (1 of 1) blog framed B-W“Pools of Sorrow” — Image by kenne

Color The “Green Stick” Yellow   1 comment

Pala Verde (1 of 1) Art blog framedPalo Verde Tree In Bloom In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Called the green stick tree
Spring changes this desert plant,
Color it yellow.

— kenne

Verdin Nest In The Sonoran Desert   5 comments

7 Falls Oct 2013-8283 verdin Nest blogVerdin Nest In a Palo Verde Tree, Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne


Capturing The Moment — Palo Verde Sunset   2 comments

SCVN Nature Walk July 2013A recent sunset as seen through a palo verde tree near the patio. — Image by kenne

Walking Down The Yellow-Tree Road   3 comments

Images by kenne

The Yellow-Tree Road


diminutive fires;


on green sticks (Palo Verde);


the desert a glow;


roads in a sea of yellow;


sweet winds;


desert naturalness;


the road less traveled.


Capturing The Moment — A Palo Verde Morning   Leave a comment

“A Palo Verde Morning” — Image by kenne

Yellow is the current color in the Catalina Foothills — so fresh!


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

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