Archive for the ‘Patio’ Tag

Potted Lemon Tree   1 comment

Patio Lemon Tree — Image by kenne

We have had a potted Meyer lemon plant on our patio for several years.
We fertilize and water it regularly. The record-setting desert heat this year 
has been rough on our small plant. Some of the lemons formed splits in the surface.
This is the first year we have experienced the splitting. In addition to the hotter
than normal temperatures, we have had a little over two inches of rain,
which is about four inches less than normal for this time of year.

This year we still have 15 lemons on the plant, which is not a lot for this plant.
A couple years back we harvested 55 lemons.

— kenne

A Young Visitor On Our Patio   9 comments

Cooper's Hawk-0-72A Visitor On The Patio (Immature Cooper’s Hawk) — Images by kenne

This immature Cooper’s Hawk perched on one of our patio chairs not far from the bird feeder frequented by doves for about one minute this morning. A mature hawk would have been up in the olive tree near the feeder. Even then, that doesn’t work as well as swooping from over the rooftop. They will learn. These images were taken through the patio door, which given the time of day the doors become a mirror.

— kenne



Our Little Patio Friend   3 comments

round-tailed ground squirrelRound-tailed Ground Squirrel (She/he actually lives on the other side of the wall.)– Image by kenne

Hawk in the olive tree
Squirrel on the ground
Moves quickly to avoid
Becoming the hawk’s
Next dinner on flight.

— kenne

Mourning Dove In Nest   3 comments

Mourning Dove Image by kenne

Mourning Doves are primarily a bird of open country, scattered trees, and woodland edges, but large numbers roost in woodlots during winter. They feed on the ground in grasslands, agricultural fields, backyards, and roadsides.

They typically nest amid dense foliage on the branch of an evergreen, orchard tree, mesquite, cottonwood, or vine.  Unbothered by nesting around humans, Mourning Doves may even nest on gutters, eaves, light fixtures or abandoned equipment.

The male will bring nesting material to the female. She generally builds a very flimsy nest with no insulation. This one is atop a light fixture right outside our door.

— kenne

Holiday On The Patio   1 comment

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Sago Palm-3529 B&W blogHoliday On the Patio — Organic Photography by kenne

is everywhere
you look,
unless you
count air.

A photographer
is first a viewer
looking for
in shapes.

kinds of shapes

on the message
the moment.

— kenne



Doves Bathing In Patio Water Fountain   Leave a comment

Mourning Doves Bathing In Patio Water Fountain (October 16, 2016) — Images by kenne

Mourning doves bathing
Children of stone pour water
For more than drinking.

— kenne

Oops!   2 comments

dove-outline-on-window-1-of-1-blogDoves occasionally fly into our patio door window. The setting sun helps outline what remained
on the glass by one misdirected dove — oops!
The dove was all right, maybe a headache, but all right. (October 8, 2016)

— Image by kenne

Posted October 9, 2016 by kenneturner in Arizona, Birds, Capturing the Moment, Information

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Echeveria Blossoms   2 comments

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Succulent Blossoms (1 of 1) blogEcheveria Blossoms (April 5, 2016) — Images by kenne

These beautiful little echeveria blossoms  (approximate 1.5cc in size) are potted succulents on our patio.
The images were taken using a micro Nikkor 40mm lens on my ten year old Nikon D200.

Peace At The End Of The Day   Leave a comment

Patio Sunset (1 of 1)-3 art-2 blog“Peace At the End of the Day” — Computer Painting by kenne

Restful moments bring
Peace at the end of the day —
Sun, water, fire.

— kenne


Patio Fire Pit For When the Olives Fall   1 comment

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Pation Fireplace (1 of 1) blogPatio Fire Pit — Image by kenne

Maybe it was because
the room was empty
that I walked
toward the patio doors.

Taken by the view,
walking onto the patio
knowing if only for a
short time,

I had to experience 
many patio moments as possible —
sunsets, shadows on the mountains
and starry nights.

Moments have now been many
most without the women
whose view is but
a shifting glance.

On many a night
my heart tears
when the olives fall
and the desert nights chill,

seeking cover
warmth of fire
watching the flames
with a glass of Maker’s,

wrestling with the darkness,
not of the night but the spirit
of an inward monitor 
on love and death.

— kenne

First 100 Degree Day In Tucson May 30th   2 comments

Pation Sun Screen (1 of 1) blogPatio Sun Screen — Image by kenne

Our patio is where we can sit and watch the sunset. But when the temperatures start going over 100 degrees, it’s time for the patio sun screen. Through the screen we can watch the sunset with the shadows of the sago palm and olive tree on the screen — beautiful day in the desert!

We almost made it through May without hitting triple digits.


Oleander Tree On The Patio   7 comments

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Oleander (1 of 1)-6 blogOleander Tree On The Patio — Image by kenne

Late Afternoon Sun and Clouds   2 comments

Sunset Clouds (1 of 1) blogLate Afternoon Sun and Clouds — Image by kenne

Grilling on the patio,
cloud shadows
move across the land
as the sun pushes back.

Horizon becoming a backdrop 
for tools of the eye
camera never far away
capturing the moment.

— kenne

A Morning Visitor Checks Out My Lemons   3 comments

A two-tailed swallowtail butterfly seemed to be intrigued with my lemon tree long enough for me to get my camera (September 26, 2014)
— In flight images by kenne (f/5.3, S 1/2000, ISO 1100-1600)


Capturing The Moment — Cooper’s Hawk In The Olive Tree   4 comments

Copper's Hawk-8836-2 blogCooper’s Hawk — Image by kenne

It is not unusual to see cooper’s hawks here in the Sonoran Desert, even in my neighborhood. The Tucson area has one of the most dense populations to be found anywhere. Usually nesting in riparian areas, they are not always that easy to photograph. Because of their amazing flying ability, I usually see them flying low to the ground, through and between trees. The water fountain under the olive tree on our patio sometimes attracts a Copper’s hawk, not because of the water, but because of the smaller birds attracted to the water — they are a deadly bird-predator. This time I happen to have my camera near the patio door, making this image possible.


Cooper’s Hawk (with apologies to Wordsworth)
by Michael Konik

Regal, as if touched by royalty, you light upon the wire,
Surveying the buffet of opportunity below, where we
Who cannot soar, cannot glide, forlornly aspire
To shed our earthly shackles and be free. 

You cannot be called a kind and caring raptor,
A patient pedant, with heart o’erflowing with generosity.
Your icy mission is starkly clear: to be a heartless captor
That kills and disembowels without pause for ruminant philosophy.

Yet we who walk upon the land, prisoners of gravity
Observe your single-mindedness with grudging admiration.
We see not a murderer swimming in a sea of depravity
But a champion inspiring our solemn approbation.

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