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The Sonoran Whisperer   2 comments

Phil Singing to Nature-8562 blogNaturalist, Phil Bentley, “The Sonoran Whisperer” — Image by kenne

The Sonoran Whisperer

Follow the whisperer
you will never again
look at the desert
in the same way.

As the desert is
so too is the whisperer —
listening,
meditating,
singing,
playing the harp;

peaceful moments
where the gods become
the Lord Almighty.

— kenne

 

Springtime In The Sonoran Desert   Leave a comment

Palo Verde & Saguaro-1334 blogSpringtime In The Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne

“The morning is still and perfectly clear…
How cool and crystalline the air!
In a few hours the great plain
will be almost like a fiery furnace
under the rays of the summer sun,
but now it is chilly. And in a few hours
there will be rings and bands with scarves
of heat set wavering across the waste upon
the opalescent wings of the mirage;
but now the air is so clear that one can see
the breaks in the rocky face of the mountain range,
though it is fully twenty miles away…”

— from The Desert by John Van Dyke

Signs Of Spring In The Desert   2 comments

Signs Of Spring In The Desert — Photo Essay by kenne

Desert Song

I thirst
for your rivers
your rippling mesas of sand
gold mirrors
on your sinuous curves

I thirst
for the saguaro
for the sweet juice of cactus
in the prickling sweat
of a desert sun

I thirst
for the searing of hot valleys
the bend of shimmer and heat
that bow that arcs the arrow
toward this center, my heart

I thirst
for the bloom, the sweet
languorous smells
this subtle perfume
elusive, as the scuttle of desert life

I thirst
for this tallest, deepest night
of stars and silence
when the moon is only a moon
silvering this light

— Ruth Housman

The Path Of Dreams   1 comment

Giffords Office“Sonoran Heat” — Computer Painting by kenne 

The Path of Dreams

There were no trails where I walk.
I walk the desert, poor and broke
thinking of family in Mexico. 

Continuing north, I make a path
around the cactus and desert brush.

The sun, still low in the east,
temperature now rising faster
than the morning sun.

Low in water, I find an
old mesquite tree to rest
in its shade until late afternoon.

Then, I will continue following
the path of my dreams —
carefully watching for
green and white trucks.

— kenne

Another Sign Of Spring   Leave a comment

Eastern Collared Lizard-spring-2013-96-blog.jpgEastern Collared Lizard — Image by kenne

Another sign of spring in the desert are our reptile friends, most scurrying about making it difficult to photograph. But not the eastern collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris), who like to pose for you on a nearby rock. 

Welcome back, my friend — it is spring time in the Sonoran desert.

kenne

View From Colossal Cave: Vail, Arizona   Leave a comment

Cave-0868 Dave Katelyn Jaxon Kate NickView From Colossal Cave: Vail, Arizona (Children and Grandchildren: Dave, Katelyn, Jaxon, Kate, and Nick) — Image by kenne

Beep, Beep — The Sonoran Desert’s Jester   Leave a comment

Bear Canyon 2013Greater Roadrunner — Image by kenne

 

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