Archive for the ‘Springtime’ Tag

A Draught Doesn’t Stop Ocotillos From Blooming   1 comment

Ocotillos produce clusters of bright red flowers at their stem tips, which explain the plant’s name. 
Ocotillo means “little torch” in Spanish — Images by kenne

Waiting It Out

Desert display
as Saguaro’s spiny arms
raise to the darkening blue sky.
Days of heat waves
chase Ocotillo flower buds
drooping slowly in the mauve air
very still … and then,
with the distant rumble of thunder
and a flash of lightening,
comes a first drop.
Coming fast, the rain begins
a flood within the gulch
and there, from nowhere,
from the nothing dust,
from the ether
as out of a mirage
appears by the side of the road …
a toad.

— Sue Mason

Springtime In The Sonoran Desert   4 comments

Springtime In The Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne

This saguaro has grown under the protection of a mesquite tree serving as a nurse tree.
This spring the cactus is loaded with flower buds, many of which a beginning to bloom.

— kenne

Springtime In Picacio Peak State Park   Leave a comment

Picacio Peak State Park — Image by kenne

“In 1848, the Mormon Battalion constructed a wagon road through Picacho Pass. The forty-niners on their way
to California used this road. In the late 1850’s the Butterfield Overland Stage was carrying passengers through
this area. Picacho Peak’s most noted historic event occurred on April 15, 1862, when Confederate and Union
scouting parties met in the Battle of Picacho Pass during the Civil War. This was the largest Civil War clash to
take place in Arizona.”
— Source:

The Desert Land   Leave a comment

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

The Lure of the Desert Land

Way Off The Beaten Path   2 comments

Blue Dicks-3-72Springtime In The Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne

“Every time I’ve strayed from the beaten path I’ve never regretted it.”

— Tori Murden

Each day I find the most marvelous things in the desert . . .   Leave a comment

Sonoran Spring-0743-72Springtime In The Desert — Image by kenne

Each day I find the most marvelous things in the desert
that for most people are the ordinary, the common,
the simple and tangible.
It’s important to always give the desert a second take.

— kenne

Bluff Trail In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Bluff Train Overlooking Sabino Creek-72-2.jpgSpringtime On The Bluff Trail In Sabino Canyon — Panorama by kenne

The universe is changing, and

we are part of the transformation.

— kenne

Signs of Spring In Sabino Canyon   5 comments

globe mellow-72Globe Mellow Wildflower — Image by kenne

With rain predicted later this week
it’s fair to say spring has arrived
in Sabino Canyon.

— kenne

Black Swallowtail Photo Essay– Signs of Spring   7 comments

Black Swallowtail Photo Essay– Signs of Spring by kenne (Tohono Chul, Tucson AZ, February 24, 2018) 

Desert springtime, with flowers popping up all over the place, trees leafing out, streams gushing down from the mountains. Great time of year for hiking, camping, exploring, sleeping under the new moon and the old stars. At dawn and at evening we hear the coyotes howling with excitement—mating season.

— Edward Abbey

Palo Verdes Blooming All Over Tucson   Leave a comment

Bug Springs 2012

Palo Verdes Blooming All Over Tucson — Image by kenne

Green palo verde trees

Grace Tucson streets and canyons

With their yellow blooms.

— kenne

Watching Over Nest On A Windy Day   1 comment

Cooper's Hawk Over Nest (1 of 1) blogCooper’s Hawk Above Nest In Sabino Canyon (October 31, 2016) — Image by kenne

Wind gusts ruffle the hawks feathers while watching over the large nest
high in an ash tree in the Sabino Canyon riparian area above the Sabino Creek dam.
Since this area is near where the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN)
conduct their nature program for elementary school children,
many students will have a opportunity to see activity near the creek
adding to the excitement of being on a field trip in Sabino Canyon.

— kenne

Cactus Wren Building A Nest   Leave a comment

Cacuts Wren (1 of 1) blogCactus Wren Building a Nest in a Cholla Cactus (October 23, 20016) — Image by kenne

Springtime in Sabino Canyon
brings out the new while
recycling the old.

The white winged doves 
have returned awaiting
saguaro buds to bloom.

The sound of mating calls
go out, returned creating
echoes in the canyon.

The pace of life in high gear
as nature puts on a show
in the desert’s spring festival.

— kenne


Saguaro Blossoms   5 comments

Saguaro Blossoms In Sabino Canyon — Images by kenne

A very dry spring

Hasn’t slowed cactus blossoms —

Saguaros in March.

— kenne

Springtime In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

Springtime in Sabino Canyon (1 of 1) blogSpringtime In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Canyon morning walks

Among spring’s new wildflowers

Birds sing joy on high.

— kenne

Springtime On The Patio   1 comment

Bee on Patio Flower (1 of 1) Framed blogBee On Patio Flowers (February 3, 2015) — Image by kenne

Potted flowers bring

Springtime to the patio,

Bees share the moment.

— kenne


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