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Costa’s Hummingbird   Leave a comment

Costa’s Hummingbird in Sabino Canyon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Hummingbirds flutter

They hurry everywhere

Darting and diving

Busy looking for food

One chaotic mess

Till they stop to rest.

— kenne

 

Mule Deer Eating Prickly Pear Cactus   Leave a comment

Mule Deer in Sabino Canyon (November 8, 2022) —- Images by kenne

On the SCVN Bird and Plant walk (November 8, 2022), we spotted a mule deer eating what appeared to be prickly pear pads.
We are aware that deer will eat the fruit but not the pads. You can tell from these photos that she seems to enjoy the chew.
However, she began to sneeze and use her left hind hoof to scratch her head — wonder why.

— kenne

Saguaros On The Sunny Side of A Hill   Leave a comment

Always More Saguaros On The Sunny Side of A Hill ( November 8, 2022, in Sabino Canyon) — Image by kenne

Saguaros love sunlight, so the southern part of a ridge or hill will attract the growth of many saguaros.

 

Desert Mistletoe Berries Attracting Birds To Sabino Canyon   1 comment

This morning on the Plant and Bird Walk, we could see a small flock of Eastern Bluebirds, none close enough to get any good photos,
but more will be coming to Sabino Canyon because of all the desert mistletoe berries in the canyon. Till then,
the berries are attracting plenty of Phainopeplas.
— kenne

A Hungry Hawk   4 comments

Cooper’s Hawk in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

I have a little knowledge of this bird,

never as much as an ornithologist.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have

the right personality or something,

being concerned fundamentally

with the “oughts” of life from

a philosophical point of view,

if you know what I mean.

— kenne

Drifting By   2 comments

Drifting By — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Art created from a photograph.

Buttonbush — Image by kenne

Moonflower   Leave a comment

Sacred Datura (Moonflower) Near Sabino Creek — Mixed Art by kenne

Sacred Datura

Also known as moonflower

Blooms late in the day.

— kenne

Filigree Skimmer   Leave a comment

Filigree Skimmer in Desert Grass (October 5, 2022) — Image by kenne

We have been experiencing cool mornings here in the desert, so I decided to go to Sabino Canyon.
I don’t usually expect to see dragonflies, at least that provide photo-ops. I spotted a black dragonfly
about 12 yards away not far away from Sabino Creek. I wasn’t sure what kind it was, since I had not
seen a black dragonfly before. As dragonflies will do, it kept moving farther away. As a result, this
was the best shot I could get of my first Filigree Skimmer photograph.

The Filigree Skimmer (Pseudoleon superbus) is a dragonfly of the southwestern United States and Mexico.
In the U.S. it is found in south and west Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The species usually perches on the ground
or on rocks in and near stream beds. It is a striking species as it flies up and down a stream bed in front of an observer.
— Source: http://greglasley.com/

— kenne

Early Morning Walk In The Canyon   2 comments

Early Morning Walk In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Desert flower blow

Blighting early morning walks

What more can you want?

— kenne

 

Sabino Canyon Green Panorama   Leave a comment

Monsoon Rains are Greening Up Sabino Canyon — Panorama Image by kenne

It’s not easy to tell, but saguaros are getting plump sucking up the water — believe me.

— kenne 

Upper Sabino Canyon Panorama   Leave a comment

Upper Sabino Canyon In the Santa Catalina Mountains (November 18, 2011) — Panorama by kenne

A light wind 
As we hike
Up through
The canyon
Late fall
Eight miles
Out and back

— kenne

Phainopepla Photo Painting   Leave a comment

Phainopepla In Sabino Canyon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

This beautiful bird

Looks like a black cardinal

You should guess again.

— kenne

Carpenter Bee   Leave a comment

Carpenter Bee In A Sacred Datura Blossom — Image by kenne

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language

And next year’s words await another voice.

— from Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot

 

Communicating With Nature   Leave a comment

Morning Shadows in the Canyon with a Friend (Greater Roadrunner)– Images by kenne

Surprise

Since moving to the Sonoran Desert,
I have had the time and inclination to
Communicate with the stars, trees,
And animals; able to live more intensely.

To walk in the morning as the sun
Comes up over the Rincon Mountains
Casting long shadows along the path as
The sky keeps its freshness from the night.

The air is crisp. I watch as birds fly by
Evoking in my thoughts, the dawn breeze
Becomes brisker, creating movement sounds
Percussion for the bird’s songs.

— kenne

Indian Paintbrush Wildflower   Leave a comment

Indian Paintbrush Wildflower — Photo-Artistry Image kenne

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