Archive for the ‘riparian area’ Tag

Mountain Stream   10 comments

Creek (1 of 1)_edit blogMountain Stream In Pima Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains (February 9, 2015) — Image by kenne

In the Sonoran Desert mountains

the sound of spring is running water

with cheery birds providing the background vocals.

Hiking mountain canyons in the spring

requires rock hopping

across the many stream crossing.

By mid-day, butterflies and bees

share in nature’s annual awakening.

— kenne

It’s A Bird, It’s A Verdin, No It’s A Kinglet!   5 comments

Tosh Lawrence Nature WalkTosh Lawrence Conducting a Training Session In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Last week I was videoing and taking photos of one of the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN), Tosh Lawrence, conducting a nature walk training session for new and experienced naturalists. Tosh shared a lot of her excellent teaching techniques, and one point in the riparian area by the dam, we spotted a small bird jumping around among brush on the ground. At the time, I had the video camera going and the following short clip was what I was able to capture. Note the back and forth as to what kind of bird we were watch. Our expert birder friends have got to love it, but remember, some of us are still learning.


Capturing The Moment — Hepatic Tanager   3 comments

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Hepatic Tanager — Image by Bill Kaufman

Fellow Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN), Bill Kaufman set out the other morning to photograph an Hepatic Tanager in the canyon’s riparian area. As luck would have it he was able to photograph this beauty singing in the morning sunshine.

While hiking Pima Canyon yesterday, Bill shared his photographing experience, later in the day emailing the above image.

Great image, Bill — photographing this sing bird is made difficult by its unsettled movement high is the trees. Thanks for sharing.

Thy duty, winged flame of spring, is but to love and fly and sing.

— from the poem “Nest” by James Russell Lowell



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