Archive for the ‘Southern Arizona’ Tag

Tumacácori National Historical Park   1 comment

Tumacácori National Historical Park — Images by kenne (Click On Any Image To See Slide Show.)

“Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal,
for the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone,
and yet it exists forever….” 

– Alan Watts

Homeless   4 comments

Hut In Southern Arizona — Image by kenne

Homeless;
– Down by the muddy Mississippi
Skinny as a rail,
Sleeping under the old Eads bridge
Feeling low, dirty, and frail –
Homeless;
– With less than two coins
In both pockets,
Empty eyes
Look through sunken sockets –
Homeless;
– So many people walk right on by
I wonder how many care,
They all keep moving
Even though they stare –
Homeless;
– Lost a job
Lost a home,
Lost a family
Lost all hope –
Homeless;
– Where will I go from here
What should I do,
I’m so thankful when the weather’s fair
And the skies are blue –
Homeless;
– Don’t know the day nor season
And, yea, it sure gets cold at night,
I’ve got an old sleeping bag
I’ll be alright –
Homeless;
– There’s so many of us out here
Without a home,
Even so
I feel so very alone –
Homeless;
– It’s a tough situation
Not pretty, just true,
And at any time
It could happen to you –
Homeless;
– Hey buddy…
Could you spare a dime,
And say a prayer for us
… sometime –
– I’m just homeless, not less human…

— Smoky Hoss

Little Green Bird   Leave a comment

Green Heron — Image by kenne

A little green bird

Standing near the water’s edge

Don’t fly away yet.

— kenne

Shelter In The Storm   1 comment

Shelter In The Storm — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Cabin abandoned

Hikers aware of a storm

Seeking some shelter.

— kenne

Fall Landscape   Leave a comment

Fall Landscape — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“It is precisely because we resist
the darkness in ourselves
that we miss the depths
of the loveliness, beauty,
brilliance, creativity, and joy
that lie at our core.”

— Thomas Moore

Cattails By A Sonoran Creek   Leave a comment

Cattails By A Sonoran Desert Creek — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The sonoran desert

a very diverse place

wildflowers take turns

blooming so visitors

can always see them — 

what a beautiful world.

— kenne

Old Work Boots   1 comment

Old Work Boots In Bunk-House Window Near the De Anza Trail In Southern Arizona — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Nothing lasts and yet nothing passes either,

and nothing passes just because nothing lasts.”

— from Everyman by Philip Roth

 

Cattle In The Dusty West   Leave a comment

Cattle at Watering Hole-Edit-5-art-72Cattle In The Dusty West — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Once beautiful desert grassland,
Now destroyed by overgrazing 

On land unable to sustain 
The native desert environment

Draining the groundwater levels in a
World of “pay me now, or pay me later.”

— kenne

Year-Round Resident In Southern Arizona   1 comment

Empress Leilia Butterfly CollageEmpress Leilia Butterfly Collage by kenne

 

Crested Caracara   1 comment

Crested Caracara-Art-72Crested Caracara — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Crested Caracaras are large birds with wingspans up to four feet. Males and females have the same plumage:
a black-topped head, a bare, reddish-orange face, and a white neck. The back and wings
are dark browns to black; the legs and talons are yellow. The underside of the wings has white tips.
The underside of the blacktail has white at the rump.  In-flight, caracaras could be mistaken for black vultures.
(Arizona Daily Independent)

Recently, my friend and fellow Sabino CanyonVolunteer Naturalist Ned Harris shared some of his recent
images of crested caracaras. He is an amazing photographer!
Check out Ted’s Flickr account. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/

Ned Harris_W5A3105Crested Caracara On A Saguaro — Image by Ned Harris

Praying Mantis Egg Casing   Leave a comment

Egg Caseing-DSC_4424-72Praying Mantis Egg Casing — Image by kenne

This praying mantis egg casing was probably created late last fall. Here in southern
Arizona, they are commonly found on mesquite tree branches. Each casing holds up
to 200 eggs, which hatch approximately eight weeks after the eggs are laid. Tiny
praying mantis nymphs will emerge through the narrow slits of the egg case. Unless
you can find the small nymphs (1/8 inch), it is impossible to tell if the egg cases have
actually hatched — the egg case will not change in appearance.

— kenne

The Desert Land   Leave a comment

Milagrosa Loop-0743-Edit-72“The Desert Land” — Image by kenne

The Lure of the Desert Land

A Little Bit Of Southeast Texas In Southern Arizona   Leave a comment

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Azalea-4-72Japanese Azalea — Images by kenne

Our potted azalea plant has lost a lot of its leaves over the last couple of years,
but it’s still healthy enough to bloom this for us here in the desert.
Often it’s the little things that bring so much enjoyment
here reminding us of the years we spent in southeast Texas.

— kenne

The Window of Yesterdays   5 comments

bunk house boots in window (1 of 1)-2-art-72“Window of Yesterdays” — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Window Of Yesterdays

Like Cinderella’s
Glass slipper

Only one shoe
Had the right fit.

In life’s early years
It took time
Searching
For the right fit —
Trying on
Many different shoes
Before the music
Brought us together.

I
Slipped into you

Tying you
To my body –

Knowing
Only you
Could get so close.

We
Have walked

Many miles
Not always in step
But at the start of each day
You were there.

You
Supported each step
Through the good times
When we danced together
And the bad times
When the music stopped.

Over the years
I knew
Where we were going
You knew
Where we had been
As our
 souls
Have now worn thin —
Broken
Held together by twin
Only now expressing
The secret face
Of our enter selves.

Having been seduced
By a lover’s
Darkest kiss
No longer laced together —
Merely to be left behind
In the window
Of yesterdays
Kissed only
By tomorrow’s sun.

— kenne

Winter Fenceline Painting   Leave a comment

Winter Fenceline-Edit-3-art-blogSouthern Arizona Winter Fenceline Painting by kenne

I love fences
while loving
entrances,
a reflection
of my being
in a world
of contrasts
and opposites.

— kenne

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