Archive for the ‘Spring’ Tag

Spring — Bees On A Thistle   2 comments

Bees On A Thistle — Image by kenne

Spring

To what purpose, April, do you return again?

Beauty is not enough.

You can no longer quiet me with the redness

Of little leaves opening stickily.

I know what I know.

The sun is hot on my neck as I observe

The spikes of the crocus.

The smell of the earth is good.

It is apparent that there is no death.

But what does that signify?

Not only under ground are the brains of men

Eaten by maggots.

Life in itself

Is nothing,

An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.

It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,

April

Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay 

Goodding Verbena   Leave a comment

Goodding Verbena — Image by kenne

It’s amazing what a little rain can do in the desert.

Desert Spiny Lizard   1 comment

Desert Spiny Lizard — Image by kenne

We have been experiencing some warmer spring weather here in the desert,
so more lizards are on the move

— kenne

Don’t Lose Hope   2 comments

Queen Butterfly — Image by kenne

Don’t lose hope

spring is on its way

look, and you will see

the signs everywhere.

— kenne

Ocotillos Show Signs Of Spring   Leave a comment

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) Blossom in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Very little rain in Sabino Canyon hasn’t stopped the cycles of life from taking place.
Most of the year, Ocotillos look like a bunch of gray sticks. But in the spring, are during the
summer monsoon season, the sticks leaf out. However, the red flame blossoms
only happen in the spring.

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) Leaves — Image by kenne

Fouquieria splendens is a plant indigenous to the Sonoran Desert in the Southwestern United States
and northern Mexico. While semi-succulent and a desert plant, Ocotillo is more closely related to tea
and blueberries than cactuses. Source: Wikipedia

‘Hope is a slave; Despair is a freeman.’   1 comment

Male Cardinal  in Sabino Canyon, An Early Sign of Spring — Images by kenne

The Freeman

Hope is a slave; Despair is a freeman.’

A VAGABOND between the East and West,
Careless I greet the scourging and the rod;
I fear no terror any man may bring,
Nor any god.

The clankless chains that bound me I have rent,
No more a slave to Hope I cringe or cry;
Captives to Fate men rear their prison walls,
But free am I.

I tread where arrows press upon my path,
I smile to see the danger and the dart;
My breast is bared to meet the slings of Hate,
But not my heart.

I face the thunder and I face the rain,
I lift my head, defiance far I fling, —
My feet are set, I face the autumn as
I face the spring.

Around me on the battlefields of life,
I see men fight and fail and crouch in prayer;
Aloft I stand unfettered, for I know
The freedom of despair.

 
— Ellen Glasgow

View From The Ridge   Leave a comment

Sunset (1 of 1)-5 House on the Hill Art-72“View From The Ridge” — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The view from the ridge
An alliance with the sun
The color of spring.

— kenne

Spring   Leave a comment

Spring Flowers-3006-4-art-Edit-1-art-72.jpg“Spring” — Photo Artistry by kenne

“There is a sixth sense . . . that is the sense of wonder.”

— D. H. Lawrence

Art — You will Know It When You See It   4 comments

Wildflowers (1 of 1)-2 blogDesert Wildflowers — Image by kenne

Tell me what you think art is — if you can

— ask a lot of people — and see if anybody knows . . .

You ask me about music — I like it better than anything

in the world — Color gives me the same thrill once in

a long long time — I can almost remember and count the times

— it is usually just the outdoors or the flowers — or a person —

sometimes a story — or something that will call a picture

to my mind — will affect me like music — 

— Georgia O’Keeffe

Seasons Come And Go   Leave a comment

Pipevine Swallotail-72.jpgMore Signs of Spring In Sabino Canyon (Pipevine Swallowtail) — Image by kenne

Truth never dies.  The ages come and go.

  The mountains wear away, the stars retire.

Destruction lays earth’s mighty cities low;

   And empires, states and dynasties expire;

But caught and handed onward by the wise,

  Truth never dies.

— author unknown

Spring Is Popping Out All Over   Leave a comment

Poppy-72Mexican Poppy — Image by kenne

Spring is popping out
Losing a few nuances
Creating others.

— kenne

 

Signs of Spring In The Canyon   2 comments

London Rocket-blogLondon Rocket (Sisymbrium irio) In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Spring is beginning
to push aside old winter
bringing on new life.

— kenne

 

Aging In The Spring   2 comments

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013“Aging in the Spring: — Image by kenne

Aging in the spring
Summer temps have come early —
Is this a new norm?

— kenne

Posted June 10, 2018 by kenneturner in Information, Photography, Poetry, Spring, Summer

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Black-tailed Gnatcatcher   Leave a comment

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher-1157 blogBlack-tailed Gnatcatcher On A Brittlebush in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Because of a lack of winter rains,
brittlebush plants are very dry and few
are blooming this spring.

— kenne

“Nothing human disgusts me . . . unless it is unkind or violent.”

— Tennesee Williams

A Poem About Spring   1 comment

Desert MuseumSpring, 2018 — art by kenne

Maybe you need to write a poem about spring.

When everything blossoming is blossoming
and everything dead is dead
and everything wants to be fucked is fucked
it’s nature maintaining the way life was
and will continue to be as a bird calls
from the tree with new green leaves.

— kenne

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