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Mushroom and Leaves   Leave a comment

Mushroom and Leaves — Image by kenne

“In our finest hours…the soul of the country manifests itself in an
inclination to open our arms rather than to clench our fists; to look
out rather than to turn inward; to accept rather than to reject. In so
doing, America has grown ever stronger, confident that the choice of
light over dark is the means by which we pursue progress.”
 
― Jon Meacham, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
 

Texas Crescent Butterfly   Leave a comment

Texas Crescent Butterfly — Image by kenne

I like writing about where I am,
where I happen to be sitting,
the humidity or the clouds,
the scene outside the window—
a pink tree in bloom,
a neighbor walking his small, nervous dog.
And if I am drinking
a cup of tea at the time
or a small glass of whiskey,
I will find a line to put it on.

— from In the Room of a Thousand Miles by Billy Collins

Desert Cotton Blossom   1 comment

Desert Cotton Blossom In Sabino Canyon (09/25/14) — Image by kenne

Sabino Canyon To Reopen With Partial Services   3 comments

CJ Woodard, Santa Catalina District Ranger

On Friday, September 18, 2020, District Ranger conducted a guided tour for Partner members ahead of the Scheduled Reopening of Sabino Canyon Recreational Area on September 21, 2020. Fifteen Partner members, five each from:

Friends of Sabino Canyon
Sabino Canyon Volunteer Nationalists
Santa Catalina Volunteer Patrol

In addition to the following video, images of the Drive-thru are in this Flickr Album.

Squirrel On Park Bench   1 comment

Squirrel On Park Bench — Image by kenne

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small
men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been
given than to explore the power they have to change it.
Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not
a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential.
Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

— Muhammad Ali

Posted September 18, 2020 by kenneturner in Capturing the Moment, Information, Photography

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Amaranthus palmeri – Carelessweed   Leave a comment

Amaranthus palmeri – Carelessweed (Near the Tanque Verde Wash in Tucson) — Image by kenne

These plants are often found growing in fields, along roadsides, in drainage areas, and along desert washes.
The spine-tipped flower bracts are prickly (especially when dry) and can scratch bare skin.
Do not walk through a dense patch of dried Carelessweed while wearing shorts.

— kenne

Why Did The Tarantula Cross The Street?   3 comments

Tarantula (Walking in Tanuri Ridge this Morning) — Images by kenne

In a word, SEX!

Generally, when you see tarantulas on the move, it’s males
looking for females. I’m not an expert, but it makes sense to me.

— kenne

 

The Sonoran Deserts’ Monster   Leave a comment

Gila Monster — Image by kenne

The Gila monster is a large, heavy- bodied lizard reaching a little over 1¼ feet in length.
The head is large, with small, beady eyes; the tail is short and fat. The family name
Helodermatidae means warty skin, referring to the beaded look of the dorsal scales,
due to the presence of osteoderms (small bones) under the scales.
The lizard is bright pink and black, usually in a reticulated pattern,
but in a banded pattern in some populations.

— Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 

What if . . .   3 comments

Sunset Over The Tucson Mountains — Image by kenne

“What if our religion was each other.
If our practice was our life.
If prayer, our words.
What if the temple was the Earth.
If forests were our church.
If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean.
What if meditation was our relationships.
If the teacher was life.
If wisdom was self-knowledge.
If love was the center of our being.”

— Ganga White

Nature Is My Home   Leave a comment

Yarrow Wildflower On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

— Gary Snyder

Sunset Near Tanque Verde Wash   1 comment

Sunset Near Tanque Verde Wash (09/15/11) — Image by kenne

Such a beautiful tree —
so representative of life.
Yet, we often see beauty only
in the foliage and blossoms
nature provides in one of life’s stages.
Why?

Beauty is everywhere —
there is beauty in death,
marking the stage so important
in the cycles of life.

This tree (image of) is amazing,
a sculpture in the face of the sun,
containing the shapes we use
to design our places in this world.

What image do you present
in the face of the sun?
Does it add?
Does it subtract?

Be honest!

— kenne

A Pepper Bouquet — Still Life   Leave a comment

A Pepper Bouquet — Image by kenne

“…and then, I have nature and art and poetry,
and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

 — Vincent Willem van Gogh

Posted September 14, 2020 by kenneturner in Information, Photography, Quote

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Coyotes, Be On The Watch   1 comment

Regal Horned Lizard — Image by kenne

“A regal horned lizard looks on calmly as a hungry coyote comes near.
All of a sudden—splat! The crafty lizard squirts the coyote with a
stream of blood from its eyes. Believe it or not, this reptile can shoot
the gory goo three feet or more! And that’s just one of its clever tricks.”

kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/regal-horned-lizard/

Don’t Get A Stupid Driver Fine   4 comments

A Flash Flood From The Past (09/08/14) — Image by kenne

Where we live, flash floods 
are common during late summer,
but not this summer of little rain.

We live off of River Road,
a two-lane desert road
with low-water crossings.

Driving in a monsoon storm
requires extra vigilance in a
state with a stupid driver law.

— kenne

Revisiting Mt. Lemmon Wildflowers #6   Leave a comment

This summer, the Big Horn Fire caused so much damage to the National Forest
in the Santa Catalina Mountains remains closed to the public. Therefore,
hiking and photographing wildflowers in the Catalinas will not be in 2020,
which provides a good excuse to revisit some wildflower photos over the past ten summers.

Birdbill  Dayflower (08/29/14) — Image by kenne

 

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