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The Drought Continues   Leave a comment

The Drought Continues In The Desert Southwest — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Coyotes passed through the field at the back
of the house last night — coyotes, from midnight
till dawn, hunting, foraging, a mad scavenging,
scaring up pocket gophers, white-breasted mice,
jacktails, voles, the least shrew, catching
a bite at a time.

They were a band, screeching, yodeling,
a multi-tone pack. Such yipping and yapping
and jaw chapping, yelping and painful howling,
they had to be skinny, worn, used up,
a tribe of bedraggled uncles and cousins
on the skids, torn, patched, frenzied
mothers, daughters, furtive pups
and, slinking on the edges, an outcast
cow dog or two.

— from A Passing by Pattiann Rogers



The Wonderland Of The Southwest   Leave a comment

Petrified Forest National Park-0079 blogPetrified Forest National Park — Images by kenne

Here, one sees the Painted Desert with its fantastic coloring, the petrified forests, deep lateral cañons, the great Cohonino Forest, through which one may ride for five days without finding a drop of water except during the rainy season. Truly, it is a wonderland, and in the Grand Cañon one can think of nothing but the Abomination of Desolation. There is no place in the world at present so accessible, and at the same time so full of the most romantic interest, as are the territories of Arizona and New Mexico.

— from On the Border with Crook, by John G. Bourke (1891)

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Adobe Window   11 comments

Old Tucson-9378_adobe window blogAdobe Window — Image by kenne

The Adobe – Layer at Sunset

by Henry Shukman 

It hits you
           while washing your trowel
                               in a bucket of sky:
wind humming in the ear,
                     on the mountains
                              italic shadows,
and the high snow
                     like blueberry ice.

The adobe homes
                     tucked in the hills
                              gaze out at the sunset
like kids in bed.
                     You know in your bones
                              there’s nowhere else.

Times like this
                     the world opens a door.
                             You step through,
breathe sweet
                     pine-smoked air
                              like nothing you ever
tasted before.

Siesta Shadows Create Colors On The Wall   6 comments

Old Tucson-9417_colors on the wall blogSiesta Shadows Create Colors On The Wall — Image by kenne

When walls become art
The roving eye embraces
Siesta shadows.

— kenne

Desert Sun, Water And Shadows   3 comments

Del Sol_20111229_1052 Water & Shadows blogDesert Sun, Water and Shadows — Image by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Blossoms In Our Desert Yard   7 comments

The Summer Rains Help Brighten Desert Yards — Images by kenne

Last Chance . . . Can You Believe This?   6 comments

. . . Yes!


Source: Non Sequitur

Capturing The Moment — Eastern Collared Lizard   3 comments

Esperero Trail Wildflowers Spring 2013Eastern Collared Lizard — Image by kenne

Another sign of spring in the desert is our reptile friends, most scurrying about, making it challenging to photograph.
But not the eastern collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris), who like to pose for you on a nearby rock.
I have other photos of the lizard from earlier springs and could have easily used one of them,
but this image was taken a week ago.

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

— kenne

Dark Desert Grassland   9 comments

Italian Springs 2013Dark Desert Grassland — Image by kenne

I am the desert trail


through dark grasslands


but not lonely


with gladness


by the 

mountain ranges

I separate


a sandy channel

for mountain rains

to wash

the desert soul


to be wash away.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Rainy Weekend In Tucson   Leave a comment

A gentle rain coats the dry desert. Capturing such moments in the desert is dramatic only for those thrusting rain. — Image by kenne

Desert Rain

Rain softly drapes
the trees
the city sleeps…
Then morning embraces the desert 
in shivery hugs, misty kisses and dewy smiles
and a passionate shower of raindrops
the city awakes. 

— Sangeetha Pandaram 

Image by kenne


The Sonoran Desert Roadrunner   4 comments

The Sonoran Desert Roadrunner — Image by kenne

The Sonoran Roadrunner

Playing chicken
With a roadrunner means,
You lose –
Beep! Beep!
Or do you?
His game is one of,
“For me to know and
You to find out.”
There he was
Ahead down the path,
The large cuckoo
With zygodactyls’ feet
Running fast
Sporting an occasional
Side-to-side movement.
I could see his eyes,
The blue and orange patch.
A pause,
As if to check
My next move.
Seeing none,
As I continued
Shooting images,
He kept streaking at me,
Seemingly unbothered
By the clicking camera.
Raising and lowering
His erected shaggy crest,
While flipping his tail.
Was he trying to frighten me?
Or, was he courting me –
This human
With one big eye?
The ugly duckling
Of the cuckoo family
Stopped at my feet,
Gazing up,
As if to say,
Fuck you –
Only to swiftly run on.
I looked up,
Rather than back,
But there was no boulder.

That bird is one crazy clown.
Beep! Beep!

— kenne

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Monsoon Season In The Sonoran Desert   12 comments

Why is this image beautiful? It contains the first clouds seen in months, which is the forerunner for the desert monsoon. Image by kenne

The monsoon is building in the mountains to the south
Like a scout, moist air is exploring the desert to the north
In preparation for the invasion of the wet boots from across the border

The monsoon is moving its cloud formations across the mountains
With each passing day taking up position in the blue desert sky
Pushing up the humidity and the relative heat of 110 degrees in the shade

The monsoon is bringing a shift in the desert wind (Mariah)
Pulling moisture from the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico
Producing a radical change in the form of monsoon thunderstorms

The monsoon is adjusting the desert’s aperture
Creating a pattern of “burst” and “breaks”
From hot and cold air blurring the boundary between these realities

The monsoon is the ying to the desert’s yang
Each needing the extremes of the other
To maintain life and romance in the desert

The monsoon is a name from the far east
Now commonly used in the Sonoran desert
Personally, I would prefer Mariah

Way out west, they got a name
For rain and wind and fire
The rain is Tess, the fire’s joe and
They call the wind Mariah


Beautiful Shots of the Southwest   Leave a comment

Timescapes: “Death is the Road to Awe” from Tom Lowe @ Timescapes on Vimeo.

Posted April 21, 2010 by kenneturner in Photography, video

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