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Looking for Sonoran Toads in Sabino Canyon   2 comments

Above the Dam-2971 blogThe monsoon rains bring new life to the Sonoran Desert. This past week has experienced some very good rain fall, especially in the mountains. The start of the monsoon season brings out the Sonoran toads, but they breed in water, and even with the recent rains we have had several months of no rain and Sabino Creek remains dry. The above photo was taken this morning, but based on sighting a few miles up the creek, there maybe water flowing over the dam by night fall.

Sonoran Toads-2964 blogDown from the dam, there are few pools of water that Jeanne, Dan and I explored this morning and found some toads. The mating season will last only a few days, so with more rain expected today and tomorrow, and with water coming down the creek, the toads will probably be very active the next couple of days.

— kenne

Images by kenne

 

Sonoran Desert Monsoon Sunset   1 comment

Monsoon Sunset blogSonoran Desert Monsoon Sunset (Tucson Arizona) — Image by kenne

The monsoon is here

rolling over the mountains

soaking the desert.

— kenne

Blooming Century Plant (Agave) I   1 comment

Control Road to Crystal SpringBlooming Century Plant (Agave) — Computer Painting by kenne

Sonoran Monsoon Season

The monsoon season is here.
Triple digit temperatures,
with cool mornings and
daylight at 5:00 a.m. —
perfect for a morning run,
as the sun rises casting 
long shadows and silhouettes
of white-winged doves atop
the giant saguaro cactus.

Many years ago we 
took a risk on love,
then seven years ago
we took a risk on life and
moved to the Sonora Desert.
Many thought we were crazy,
maybe we were at the time,
after all, what is life
without some risk.

Seven years of desert monsoons
have brought us closer to nature,
now more connected to life
we appreciate each day
and the opportunities
to continue taking risks,
increasing our capacity
to live life in unsuspected and
unpredictable ways.

— kenne

A June Sunrise In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

Sabino Canyon Sunrise-1702 blog

Sabino Canyon Sunrise-1708 blogA June Sunrise In Sabino Canyon — Images by kenne

I believe in nothing, everything is sacred. I believe in everything, nothing is sacred.

— Tom Robbins

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

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