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Time To Cover Plants In The Desert   4 comments

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Lemon Tree-9030 blogPotted Lemon Tree — Images by kenne

This past spring our potted lemon tree had three lemons from the few blossoms on the small tree. They are now near being harvested. Mean while the three is blossoming, with some new lemons already on the tree. 

Now much of the west had a weather low that is bring freezing weather. Last night we had rain, with snow on Mount Lemon. Tomorrow morning’s low will be below freezing here in Tucson — time to cover some of the more tender plants.

kenne

The Mountain Is Still Alive With Wildflowers, But Not For Long   6 comments

Wildflowers Along Carter Canyon Trail, Mt. Lemmon — Images by kenne

 

Wildflowers Color The Mountain Meadows From Blossom To Blossom   6 comments

Aspen Draw August 2013Wildflowers Color The Mountain Meadows From Blossom To Blossom — Image by kenne

There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

— from the Li-Young Lee poem “From Blossoms”

Capturing The Moment — Scouler’s Catchfly   4 comments

SCVN Nature Walk July 2013Scouler’s Catchfly on Mount Lemmon — Image by kenne

A Flower Seen Along The Trail Today   6 comments

Lower Butterfly Trail to Leopold Point July 2013

Lower Butterfly Trail to Leopold Point July 2013I tried to identify this flower in fireflyforest.com, but no luck. — Images by kenne

Capturing The Moment — It’s All About Timing!   16 comments

Aspen Loop July 2013

Aspen Loop July 2013

Aspen Loop July 2013

Aspen Loop July 2013

Aspen Loop July 2013Nais Metalmark Butterflies on Ceanithus Fenderli Bushes — Images by kenne

It’s all about timing, and this was the moment!

Yesterday, while hiking the Aspen Loop on Mount Lemmon, we came upon plants steaming with butterflies and quickly concluded that the bush was the caterpillar host for these butterflies. We discussed possible names. 

The butterflies are the nais metalmark and the host plant is the ceanithus fenderli. “Males perch and patrol near the host plant for females. Eggs are laid singly on leaves or flowers. Caterpillars rest in shelters of leaves tied together with silk and emerge to feed on leaves and fruits. Mature caterpillars hibernate in leaf litter.”

These scenes were very impressive!

Since I’m not a butterfly expert, I hope I have done my homework well.

kenne

A Century Plant In A Century Of Record Heat   Leave a comment

Century Plant Collage blogThe Agave Century Plant Blossoms Near The Prison Fire In The Santa Catalina Mountains As Record Heat Continues In The American Southwest
— Images by kenne

Silverpuff — A Secondhand Blossom   1 comment

Friday with Friends & Molino Basin to Prison CampSilverpuff Blossom and Seeds — Image by kenne

When picturing a wildflower
I see the blossom
not the seeds.

Picture a dandelion
a pretty yellow wildflower
not named after its
annoying seeds.

Picture a silverpuff
a pretty yellow wildflower
with toothed rays
radiating star-like points

only to be named after its
beautiful seeds —
a secondhand blossom

— kenne

Cactus Blossoms In The Sonoran Desert   3 comments

April 16 EventStaghorn Cholla BlossomApril 16 EventPrickly Pear Blossom — Images by kenne

 

Hedgehog Cacti Are In Bloom   4 comments

7 Falls April 2013Hedgehog Cactus Blossoms — Image by kenne

One of the first cactus blossoms in the spring are those of the Hedgehog cactus. They have been blooming around the Tucson area for about a week, adding spring beauty as some of the wildflowers pass on.

Yesterday I got a report that some saguaro cacti have begun to bloom, which is early for such blossoms. But, these giant cacti do have a way of blooming when they want to — it’s time to start watching for the return of the white-wing doves.

kenne

Cacti

Here’s some fact-i,
About some cacti,

They’re plants you shouldn’t touch,
Because their spiny leaves are sharp,
It might hurt too,too much!
Yes those pointy spines they have,
Are cacti’s shield and cape,
Helping water stay inside,
Through spines it can’t escape!
They love the desert,
Sun baked lands,
For water’s what they store,
Inside their bodies,
Or their roots,
Like clothing’s in a drawer…

Cacti,
Cacti,
Succulents,
Are really pretty cool,
Just don’t give a kiss to one,
Or miss some time at school…

 — Mr. R’s Plant Poems

Capturing The Moment — Cliff Dwelling Resurrection Plants   5 comments

Romero PoolsResurrection Plants Defining the Cliff. — Image by kenne

The Resurrection Plant is in the Selaginella genus of plants. Because of recent rains, the plant quickly turns green after having seemed to have died from a lack of water — seemingly returning from the dead therefore justifies its common name.

The plant’s ability to grow in the cracks of a rock-cliff, providing a mountain terrace look.

kenne

Look Around, Art Is Where You Find It   3 comments

MMM 02-04-13Image by kenne

seeds jettisoned

dizzily dancing

riding the wind

capsules abandoned

doors remain open

attraction lost

to the ages

now it’s time

to turn the page

you know it ain’t easy

to see another view

but, these feelings

won’t go away

echoing off all tomorrows

echoing . . .

echoing . . .

kenne

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