Archive for the ‘Saguaro’ Tag

Saguaros On The Comeback Trail   1 comment

In September of 2011, I titled a post “Why Would Anyone Do This?” There were several Saguaro cactus that were vandalized on the Bear Canyon Trail in Sabino Canyon.

In August of 2015, I posted a follow-up photo-essay on the damaged cactus.

Recently I photograph the cactus that were damaged, again.

When I talk
about Sabino Canyon
I mean myself,
my home,
my state of mind.
Some don’t get what I say,
maybe it’s because
we don’t talk the same language.
All I can say to those I meet:
“Try and make it to Sabino Canyon.”

— kenne

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Saguaros At Sunrise   Leave a comment

MMM 02-04-13Saguaros At Sunrise — Image by kenne

The Capture of Mr. Sun

The sun is a lion
     circling his cage,
Caught for you, brought for you
     on this wheeled stage,
Through fixed bars glaring
     his wrath and his rage
Like a pen for the baby
     or bedrails in old age.

The lion is a sunflower
     with a broad gold face,
Its petals outstreaming
     like a mane or the rays
Of that candescent Power
    we all watch pace
Through the gendering heavens
    on its circuit of days.

The flower is tracing
     the sun on its rounds;
The carnival moves through
     its orbit of towns;
The lion's cage rolls
     your streets up and down
Where be pads and we shiver
     at his smile, his frown.

-- W. D. Snodgrass

 

 

All Tied Up In Knots   2 comments

Sweetwater Trail Wasson PeakAll Tied Up In Knots — Image by kenne

Sometimes
today’s world
makes me feel
all tied up
in knots.

— kenne

Posted October 31, 2017 by kenneturner in Arizona, Information, Photography, Saguaro

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Sonoran Desert Sunrise   3 comments

sunrise-1-of-1-7-blog ISonoran Desert Sunrise — Image by kenne

Despairing of God, I came to the desert seeking saints.
The tongue of the tribe sleeping in my family
whispers spiny songs: chumpaco / place where they killed
the dogs: huirives / bird: bacochibampo / the water of the
serpents: bajeribampo / water of the lizards: cuirimpo /
the place of the drummers.

— from 48 Roadsongs by Luis Alberto Urrea

Capturing The Moment — Desert Harvest   5 comments

Saguaro (1 of 1) Contrast blogDesert Harvest — Image by kenne

Saguaro harvest,

Fruit and seeds playing roles in

life’s continuum.

— kenne

Morning Call   1 comment

Phoneline Hike-0510 art blog“Morning Call” (Cactus Wren Atop A Saguaro Cactus In Sabino Canyon) — Image by kenne

We hear your birdcall

Where attention is your game

At the light of day.

— kenne

Wow! Is there anything you can’t do?   Leave a comment

Beyond Tucson Event-9492 blogA Crested Saguaro Next To a Regular Saguaro In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Sometimes the growing tip of a saguaro produces a fan-like form. Such a saguaro is called a crested saguaro. Crested saguaros are rare and generally do not produce arms, making this one for the record books — at least in my book.

kenne

In The Arms Of Another — Plants Can Grow In The Strangest Places   2 comments

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Beyond Tucson Event-9485 blogA Prickly Pear Cactus Growing on a Giant Saguaro in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Plants have been known to grow in some of the strangest places. Many people may thank of plants out-of-place (whatever that is) as a weed. But, when you think about it, plants don’t have the option of moving to a better place — it’s make the best of it, or perish!

Obviously, this prickly pear cactus is trying to make the best of being in the arms of a giant saguaro cactus. So far, the conditions have been right — may the force of nature be with you.

kenne

A Late Bloomer   2 comments

Old Tucson-9435 blogA Late Bloomer — Image by kenne

The normal blooming season for the giant saguaro cactus is in late May and June. Yesterday (December 30th) while hiking in Sabino Canyon I spotted this unusual event. I guess you can call it the new “Christmas cactus!”

The saguaro blooms open at night and last through the next midday. Each flower blooms only once. 

kenne

Altar Of The Mountain Gods   8 comments

Bear Canyon Trail at 7 Falls blogBear Canyon Trail Above Seven Falls — Image by kenne

Blessed with clouds
And only spotted rain,
Hiking the twelve-mile
Sabino Canyon loop trail
Down through Bear Canyon
Was rewarding and inspirational.

Entering the lower canyon
Above the falls
The clouds opened
Atop Bear Canyon
Kissing the peaks
Lighting nature’s altar.

Below the altar’s pinnacles
The Bear Canyon trail
Curves away from
The dry creek bed
Under which water flows
Feeding the seven falls.

The steep rocky canyon walls
Provide a stark environment
For plants to grow.
Even so, the stately saguaros
Are able to survive as sentinels
In this mountain sanctuary.

Offering a serene haven
For the mountain gods,
Keepers of the mountain ways,
To nurture the healing spirits
Honed by the ancients’ as
Guardians of the canyon trails.

— kenne

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Capturing The Moment — White-Winged Dove Perched On Saguaro Cactus Fruit   7 comments

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Cactus Ribs Cross In The Sky   Leave a comment

DeGrozia GallerySaguaro Rib Cross In The Chapel at DeGrazia Gallery In the Sun — Image by kenne

The cross

a symbol

of freedom,

of existence —

representing

all things,  

horizontal

and vertical.

kenne

 

Ted DeGrazia’s “The Way of The Cross”   5 comments

images-1images-2On this Easter Sunday it was fitting that the Arizona Daily Star have a cover story on one of its best known artist, Ted DeGrazia. His version of the Stations of the Cross, “Way of the Cross”,  now hangs as a seasonal, Lenten display at DeGrazia Gallery

Every since moving to Tucson , Joy and I love going to the gallery. It is one of the places we take all out visitors. 

“Religion is within yourself and you don’t have to go to church and you don’t have to be one of those people who goes every Sunday.” Ted DeGrazia

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“I feel that if ‘The Way of the Cross’ happened, then it was felt by everybody on the face of the Earth. Here in Arizona we have saguaros, so I chose to use the symbol of the saguaro to place it here. And I’m sure it happened everywhere.” — Ted DeGrazia

kenne

 

Capturing The Moment — Panorama Views Along The Turkey Creek Trail   6 comments

Turkey Creek TrailPanorama made from three images, looking south along the eastern rim of The Rincon Mountains

Turkey Creek TrailPanorama of the Rincon Mountains made from three images. Each panorama was taken along the Turkey Creek Trail In Happy Valley, East of The Rincon’s. Turkey Creek Trail is a section of The Arizona Trail, east of Tucson. The trail leads into the Saguaro National Park, home of North America’s largest cacti, the giant saguaro. However, as these images show, the rolling hills and canyons of the east-side of the Rincon’s are in stark contrast to the saguaro forest location at the lower elevation of the west-side of the mountains.— Images by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Desert Sunset   1 comment

Wed Walk In Sabino Canyon

Desert Sunset — Image by kenne

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