Archive for the ‘Sabino Dam’ Tag

Duck Above The Sabino Dam   1 comment

Mallard Duck-72Mallard Duck in the Water Above the Sabino Dam — Image by kenne

Old age isn’t a battle; old age is a massacre.

— Philip Roth

Water Above Sabino Dam   2 comments

Above The Dam-Edit-1-art-blog-2Water Above Sabino Dam — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Yesterday was cloudy to high-clouds day in Sabino Canyon. I was down around the creek and dam area taking fall and wildflower photos. One of the photos was a reflection on the water above the dam. Once the image was on my computer, I flipped it and began to use layers and brushes to create this surreal painting. 

A watchful eye
may have you feel
disoriented,
hallucinatory, or
in a dream —
yes, it’s a
irrational reality. 

— kenne

Verdin In A Desert Willow   Leave a comment

Verdin-0842 blogVerdin In A Desert Willow — Image by kenne

Verdins are very common in riparian areas of the Sonoran Desert and can be found along the Sabino Canyon creekbed where there are plenty of willows, cottonwoods, and Arizona sycamores. On New Years Day there were several in the willows near the Sabino Dam foraging for insects on the willow stems.

This small hardy and adaptable bird is not closely related to any other bird in the western hemisphere. Scientists now believe that its closest relatives are several species of small, plain birds found in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Verdins have a plain gray color with yellow on the head and throat. In this image, the sunlight really brings out the yellow against the blue desert sky.

— kenne

Sabino Dam in June — NOW WE WAIT   Leave a comment

Sabino Dam Panorama blog-Sabino Dam in June — Panorama by kenne

NOW WE WAIT

The creek has run dry
now we wait
now we wait for rain
from monsoon storms
soon to form
over 
desert mountains
now we wait
now we wait daring
these days of dust.

— kenne

Solitude — “I’ll Take Mine On The Rocks!”   1 comment

Sabino Dam-02-12-14-0027-blog“Spring On The Rocks” (Sabino Creek near the dam.) — Image by kenne

“When you sit in silence long enough, you learn that silence has a motion.
It glides over you without shape or form, exactly like water.
Its color is silver.
And silence has a sound you hear only after hours of wading inside it.
The sound is soft, like flute notes rising up, like the words of glass speaking.
Then there comes a point when you must shatter the blindness of its words,
the blindness of its light.”

― Anne Spollen, The Shape of Water

Winter Rains And High Water   1 comment

sabino-dam-0322-blogWinter Rains and High Water Over The Sabino Dam — Image by kenne

Now you see it, now you don’t is a good way of describing water in the desert. Just three weeks ago there was no water coming over the dam in Sabino Canyon. We had about an inch over the weekend with much more up in the mountains that will continue to cause flow over the dam for a while now.  

 

A Morning Delight Above The Sabino Dam   1 comment

hookers-evening-primrose-0159-3-art-blogHooker’s Evening Primrose (December 12, 2016) — Image by kenne

It has been warmer than average for this time of year.
Except for a few small pools of water, Sabino Creek is dry.
Yet, above the  Sabino Dam, a bee and I found this lone
Hooker’s Evening Primrose — a very pleasant surprise.

— kenne

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