Archive for the ‘Photo Essay’ Tag

More Cactus Blossoms   1 comment

Prickly Pear Cactus Blossoms — Images by kenne

Most people, when asked to identify a yellow spring flower would probably identify daffodils.
But, in the sunny Tucson area, most people would say the prickly pear cactus blossom,
or the palo verde blossoms.

Yellow is a warm and friendly color and most associated with is the sun. During spring,
it almost seems like the sun changes its light from a cold white to a warm and glowy yellow.

Roadrunner Images For Hugh — A Photo Essay   2 comments

I’ve taken many roadrunner photos in the almost 12 years we have lived in Tucson. This photo essay is representative of the images. 
Last October, Hugh Poland and I spent some time photographing wildlife in southern Arizona, and he was most disappointed in not seeing any Greater Roadrunners. However, he’s planning an August trip to attend a Tucson Audubon Society event here in southeast Arizona.
So maybe he will see and photograph some roadrunners. (Click on any image to view it in a slideshow format.)

— kenne

The Ole Roadrunner
(For Sara from Uncle Johnny)
 
Want to tell you a story
Bout a bird that can run.
He can fly up in trees, but
To race is more fun.
He’s a runner at heart
He lurks like a trickster
Darts out on the road
Goes faster and faster.
He’s sleek, and he’s quick
Keep watch and don’t blink
Out he will jump
And be gone in a wink.
Not easy to catch
Roadrunners are wary
To chase is to fail
Ask Wile E Coyote’!
Birds like to sing
To cheep and to peep.
This one is different
He likes to Beep.
So when out in the car
Keep your eye on the road
If you see something running
It might be this Ole Bird.
Beep Beep!
 
— John Deen

Greater Roadrunner — Southeast Arizona Images by kenne

Yacca Blossoms — Springtime In The Sonoran Desert   Leave a comment

Yacca Blossoms — Springtime In The Sonoran Desert — B&W Images by kenne

You will find that it is necessary to let things go;

simply for the reason that they are heavy.

— Sayings

The Sandhill Cranes Have Headed North   2 comments

The Sandhill Cranes Have Headed North — Images by kenne

Cranes flying north

To their northern breeding grounds

White-winged doves return.

— kenne

White-winged Dove — Image by kenne

Anseriformes At Sweetwater Wetlands   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I spent an afternoon with my friend Tom at the Sweetwater Wetlands, photographing
waterfowl.
We were hoping to see some dragonflies, but it’s still too early with overnight temperatures near
freezing here in the desert.

— kenne

The Images include Mallards, American Coots, and American Wigeons — Images by kenne

 

Red Rock Country — Sedona   6 comments

Last week James, Jill, and Hugh visited us for six days from Houston. In addition to taking in sites around Tucson,
we went north to Sedona, Flagstaff, and The Grand Canyon. Here are a few images from the Sedona area.

— kenne 

Visiting Family In Short Pump, Virginia — Photo-Essay   Leave a comment

Images by kenne (August 13-14, 2021)
(Click on any of the images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

We arrived in Short Pump in the late afternoon on August 13th, where we would spend the next three days with Jason and family. 

Short Pump is a suburb of Richmond, Virginia. The population was 24,729 at the 2010 census. 

This posting is the second of three that will be shared of our stay in Short Pump. 

Here’s a link to the first posting — https://kenneturner.com/2021/09/09/time-with-grandchildren-at-swimming-pool-a-photo-essay/

The older grandchildren will be part of the third in this series of three postings on our visit to Short Pump.

— kenne

US Coast Guard Historic District   2 comments

Sullivan’s Island Life-Saving Station (August 12, 2021) — Images by kenne

The United States Life Saving Service, USLSS, was conceived out of a dire need for a lifesaving network.
Until 1878, the only source for those in trouble at sea were lighthouse keepers, volunteers,
and private vessels that happened to be nearby.

 

Time With Grandchildren At Swimming Pool — A Photo Essay   2 comments

Images by kenne (August 14, 2021) — Click On Any Image To See In Slideshow Format.

After spending time driving and sightseeing in the southeast (as COVID-19 was spiking through the area)
we made it to Richmond, VA, where we spent time with family (Jason, April, Cayden, Cayla, Audrey, and Robin).
This was our first opportunity to spend time with
our new grandchildren Cayla and Cayden.

— kenne

National Voting Rights Museum and Institute– Photo Essay   1 comment

Entrance To The National Voting Rights Museum & Institute in Salma, ALabama (August 10, 2021)– Image by kenne

Located in the Historic District of Selma, Alabama at the foot of the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge,
the scene of “Bloody Sunday,” the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute is the cornerstone of the
contemporary struggle for voting rights and human dignity.

This was a special stop on our August Road Trip.

Images by kenne
(Click On Any Gallery Photo for Larger View.)

On The Road–Sundance Square   2 comments

Our second night on the road was spent in Ft. Worth. Before going to our hotel, we spent some time in Sundance Square,
located downtown Ft. Worth.

Sundance Square (August 8, 2021) — Photo Essay by kenne

Texas Sandhills State Park   1 comment

One of our stops in Texas after leaving Pecos was the the Texas Sandhills State Park. Here are a few images from our brief stay in the park.
— Images by kenne

Texas Sandhills State Park

Texas Sandhills State Park

Texas Sandhills State Park

Texas Sandhills State Park

Texas Sandhills State Park

Telegraph Fire — A Photo Essay   3 comments

Telegraph Fire

The Telegraph Fire is a wildfire in the Tonto National Forest that started west of Globe, Arizona
on June 4, 2021. The fire burned 180,757 acres and was fully contained on July 4, 2021.
It is the largest wildfire in the United States of the 2021 wildfire season so far.
State Highway 77 was closed several times during the life of the Telegraph Fire.
These images were taken July 2nd as we drove back to Tucson after spending
a few days in Pinetop, Arizona.

— kenne

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A dust devil forms.
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Telegraph Fire — Some structures were saved.

Telegraph Fire Images by kenne (July 2,2021)

Hiking Turkey Run On Mt. Lemmon   3 comments

Turkey Run Gallery by kenne

I was originally scheduled to lead the SCVN Turkey Run Trail hike tomorrow. However, because of some nagging leg problems,
I had to bow out. Instead, I did hike Turkey Run with two friends (Tom and John) last Friday. Usually, by this time of year,
there are plenty of wildflowers, but not this year. The gallery contains cow parsnip, New Mexico Locust, and silverpuff.

— kenne

Aspen Loop One Year Out After The Big Horn Fire   7 comments

SCVN Friday hikes on Mt. Lemmon have

Begun with more excitement than usual,

Last year’s hikes being a casualty of the

Big Horn Fire and the pandemic.

Marshall Gulch #3

Marshall Gulch Parking Area

Leaving behind morning temperatures

In the mid-eights, we gathered at Marshall Gulch

To hike the Aspen Loop, combining the Aspen

And Marshall Gulch trails for a 4.3-mile hike.

 

Marshall Gulch survived the fire, as did

Most of the trail. But the Aspen Trail

Wasn’t so lucky with parts that burned

From the 1993 Aspen Fire burning again.

Aspen Trail (June 15, 2015)

Over the years, I watch aspens and pines

And many other native plants return

Among the charred remains of the Aspen Fire

Only now to experience that same fate.

Last year’s fires were followed by the driest year

On record, delaying the reclamation process

And trail clearing to provide for safe hiking

On the grayest powder covering the trails.

The mountain ferns were among the plants

To return only weeks after containing the fire,

Providing hope to those grieving over the lose

Of so much beauty found on these mountain trails.

Now so exposed, the trail seems longer

Each step requiring a watchful eye

For this out of shape hiker, navigating

The loose gravel and ankle turning rocks.

Just beyond the ridge, a line of trees

Was missed by the very erratic wildfire

As if it turned on a dime, redirecting

The firefighting crew from Montana.

Soon the trail turns away from the freshly

Scared land rambling among tall ponderosas

Shadows formed by the whole clear

Cloudless sky moving across the trail.

Images by kenne

I’ve hiked the trails on Mt. Lemmon

Now ten summers, where troubles cease,

untangled silent knowledge contemplating

A void in a world that exceeds stillness.

— kenne

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