Archive for the ‘Sabino Canyon’ Tag

Indian Paintbrush Wildflower   Leave a comment

Indian Paintbrush Wildflower — Photo-Artistry Image kenne

Looking Back To Early Spring   Leave a comment

Bee and Crab Spider (Photo Bomber) on Brittlebush Blossoms — Image by kenne

Don’t call me a photo bomber

I was here before the bee flew

into the field of view.

— kenne

Phainopepla   1 comment

Female Phainopepla In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

“The meaning of life is just to be alive.
It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.
And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic
as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

― Alan Wilson Watts

Gila Monster   Leave a comment

Gila Monster — Image by kenne

The Gila monster is a species of venomous lizard native to the Southwestern United States
and the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora.

trespasser

I walk, head down, careful footing as I
study the terrain, the way the shadow
from the mountains cover the valley floor

the dry wash beds, marked with
wildlife tracks, deep and desiccated
no monsoon to wash them away

no relief, no rain to fill these
empty washes, to water this
wilderness that lies dry, parched

the cloudless sky above hides nothing
except for the desert creatures
absent in the heat of the day

as I retrace my path, I step around a gila monster
sunning himself on a rock, his rock
reminding me where I am I am

a trespasser; this is all their’s
and their tracks and presence remind me
step carefully, move slowly, retreat

Jo Bien

Brittlebush Blooming Along the 7 Falls Trail   1 comment

Brittlebush Blooming Along the 7 Falls Trail In Sabino Canyon (03/20/15)– Image by kenne

Brittlebush blooming
Yellow, the color of spring
Brightens the desert.

— kenne

 

WHAT?   Leave a comment

Barefoot Photographer Near Sabino Creek (October 13, 2010) 

WHAT?

A hiking break
Socks and boots off
Feet in the stream
What?

Camera in hand
Capturing the moment
Kids jumping in the water
What?

A place in nature
People love to visit
Sharing the experience
What?

Barefoot kids running
Mothers watching 
With the back of their eyes
What?

Spring’s last whispers
In summer’s tongue
Talking to the kids
What?

A pond in a stream
Recognizes flamboyance
In 1000 little mirrors
What?

Don’t give up on nature
Forever and never
Every whim of my will
What?

Sounds of running water
Have spiritual overtones
Calming my mind
What?

— kenne

Sabino Creek Is Still Flowing   Leave a comment

Sabino Creek Is Still Flowing — Image by kenne

Springwater in Sabino Creek is clear
Snowmelt continues to find its way
Through the canyon from Mt. Lemmon
In a world that exceeds stillness
A silent spirit enlightened of itself.

— kenne

Cockleburs — Nature’s Hitchhiker & Nature’s Nature’s Velcro®   Leave a comment

Cockleburs — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Sabino Canyon has lots of cockleburs. Each cocklebur contains two seeds. We enjoy taking children on hikes talking about plants and animals as a naturalists. However, most of the children have never seen a cocklebur, so when you try to place one on a child’s shirt, they back off. Let’s face it; the prickly seedpods don’t look all that friendly. However, when we put one on your own shirt and show them how nature’s Velcro® works, they quickly put the seedpods into practice placing them on one another shirts.

— kenne

Sabino Creek In February   Leave a comment

Sabino Creek In February — HDR Image by kenne

The water in the creek is mainly coming from Mt. Lemmon snowmelt.

Sabino Canyon, Cedar Waxwing   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon, Cedar Waxwing — Image by kenne

Waxwings

Four Tao philosophers as cedar waxwings
chat on a February berry bush
in sun, and I am one.

Such merriment and such sobriety—
the small wild fruit on the tall stalk—
was this not always my true style?

Above an elegance of snow, beneath
a silk-blue sky a brotherhood of four
birds. Can you mistake us?

To sun, to feast, and to converse
and all together—for this I have abandoned
all my other lives.

 
— Robert Francis

 

Water Over The Dam   2 comments

Water Over The Dam — Image by kenne

I walked by the creek
where the water flows
over the edge of the dam
dancing amidst the flow of light
into an endless movement
riding waves of time.

— kenne

Red-Tailed Hawk   2 comments

Red-tailed Hawk in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Hawks gotta fly high

Staking out a hunting spot

Cross the desert plain

 

— kenne

Northern Mockingbird   1 comment

Northern Mockingbird in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

One of the most familiar birds in the Sonoran Desert is the Northern Mockingbird. They hunt insects and spiders eat a wide variety of fruits;
berries of lantana and pyracantha are mainstays. Males and females have similar plumage: nearly uniform gray except for long dark tail
and white patch in open wing. Males are the singers that often practice all night long on a concatenation of bird songs borrowed
from a variety of other bird species. Three plants in particular produce fruit attractive to mocking birds: Desert Mistletoe,
Fremont Thornbush, and Desert Hackberry.

Phainopepla Art   1 comment

Phainopepla — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Bird perched on a limb

A shadow against the sky

Art in black and white.

— kenne

Fall In The Sonoran Desert — No Words   Leave a comment

Fall In The Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne

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