Archive for the ‘Santa Catalina Mountains’ Tag

Great Blue Visited Nextdoor   4 comments

Great Blue Heron Visited A Neighbor’s House — Image by kenne

Although one might not expect to see a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in the Sonoran Desert, they have an extensive range
and occur throughout much of North and Central America wherever there is water. If you happen to have a koi or goldfish pond
in your backyard, you may be visited by a heron.

— kenne

Pocket Gopher   1 comment

Pocket Gopher — Image by kenne

Pocket gophers are sometimes confused with their fossorial relatives, moles. There are several easy ways to tell the two groups apart.
Moles have small teeth and tiny, unapparent eyes. Pocket gophers have long incisors that protrude from the mouth, and their eyes are easy to see.
In addition, mole tunnels leave raised ridges in the ground, whereas pocket gopher tunnels do not. — Source: The National Wildlife Federation

 
 

Low Clouds In The Foothills   1 comment

Low Clouds In The Catalina Foothills — Image by kenne

Low clouds remain

in the canyons

of the foothills

after a weekend

of much needed rain.

— kenne

 

The Humble Back Of The Mountain   Leave a comment

Aspen Trail on Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

Sun warms the lizard’s back
and the humble back of the mountain.
A raven croaks from the top of a thermal.
The valley oak above the barn,
dying a huge branch at a time,
stands in calm mortability, content
with the warm light that has fed its leaves,
the dark waters that have fed its roots,
its acorns that have fed the woodpeckers
for five hundred rainy seasons.

— Ursula K. Le Guin

Teenage Girls Enjoying Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Girls In Sabino Canyon at the Dam — HDR Image by kenne

Class of teenage girls

Enjoy the canyon’s beauty

On a sunny day.

— kenne

The First Returners   2 comments

After the Big Horn Forest Fire — Image by kenne

As the first returners, ferns, and mosses are some of the greenery we see after a fire.
They have rhizomes, horizontal stems tucked away underground that stay protected and often survive moderate fires.

— kenne

A Desert Rainy Morning   Leave a comment

A Desert Raining Morning In The Catalina Foothills — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

–Emily Dickinson

Shadows In The Canyon   Leave a comment

Shadows In The Canyon — Image by kenne

The sun hit the sides of the rock, creating shadows that swallowed the canyon trail as we hiked the canyon.

Looking left and right, we took a deep breath to appreciate where we are.

There are certain places that have the energetic power to serve as a teacher.

The canyons of the Santa Catalina Mountains are exactly that.

It’s a place that requires no words but can provide untold lessons.

It’s a place that will challenge your perspective without asking anything from you.

— kenne

Arizona Sister   Leave a comment

Arizona Sister — Image by kenne

Arizona girl

A large brown/black butterfly

Big sister to some.

— kenne

Thimble Peak   Leave a comment

Thimble Peak View Over The Tucson Basin — Image by kenne

“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.”

— – John Ruskin

Reality   Leave a comment

Snow White Icing on Hoodoos — Image by kenne

All reality

involves the active control

of our point of view,

which we choose as reality.

Thus,

if reality is what we think is actual

can we truly comprehend reality?

Is not all reality virtual?

— kenne

Honey Bee On Arizona Fleabane — Digital Art   Leave a comment

Arizona Fleabane & Bee (1 of 1) art blogHoney Bee On Arizona Fleabane — Digital Art by kenne

my nature photos
masking layers of art filters
creating my art

digital painting
colors become transparent
blending together

i have become a
digital photo artist
uniting my hands

whatever my tools
technology empowers
the will and desire

i seek to be good
i seek to communicate
not to be perfect

i seek the duende
to find my kindred feelings
in all that i do

— kenne

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake   Leave a comment

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake — Image by kenne

A Rattlesnake, if Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment
against others is — a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves.

— E. Stanley Jones
 

Cold Mountain   Leave a comment

Snow On The Mountain — Image by kenne

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Men ask the way to Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain: there’s no through trail.
In summer, ice doesn’t melt
The rising sun blurs in swirling fog.
How did I make it?
My heart’s not the same as ypurs.
If your heart was like mine
You’d get it and be right here.

— from Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems by Gary Snyder

Death On The Trail   Leave a comment

The Cycle of Nature Moves On — Image by kenne

Nothing is really never dead if you look at it right.

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