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A Springtime That Was Not In Desert   Leave a comment

Sutherland Trail (March 27, 2015)– Image by kenne

Springtime in the desert —

What’s not to love

when the flowers

are blooming!

The continuing drought

in the southwest

has devastated

this spring’s growth.

— kenne

Sonoran Desert Wildflowers — Spring Fever   3 comments

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Wildflowers (1 of 1)-4 blogSonoran Desert Wildflowers (April 2015) — Images by kenne

Spring Fever

Flourishing in


the desert





being alive


now that

winter is





abound —

spring fever.

— kenne

Horned Lizard Near Desert Lupine   2 comments

Horned Lizard & Lupine (1 of 1) blog

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Horned Lizard Near Desert Lupine — Image by kenne

Hiding in the shade

Protected from danger’s threat

Safe evocation.

— kenne

Never In My Eyes   1 comment

thistle & bees (1 of 1) blog

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Thistle and Bees — Images by kenne

Your beauty will fade

A time nature determines

Never in my eyes.

— kenne

SCVN Leads Hike On The Sutherland Trail   Leave a comment

Hiking Sutherland Trail In Catalina State Park — Images by kenne
(Click on any of the tiled images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Capturing The Moment — Desert Wildflowers, Sutherland Trail   7 comments

Sonoran Desert Wildflowers Along The Sutherland Trail In Catalina State Park, Arizona — Images by kenne
(Click on any of the above tiled images to see larger view in a slideshow.)

Spring colors deserts
Beautifying a harsh land
With nature’s softness.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Cristate (or Crested) Saguaro   3 comments

While hiking on the Sutherland Trail in Catalina State Park, we spotted this most unusual cristate (or crested) saguaro not far from the trail. Most cristate saguaros have a mutation that forms at the top of the cactus, giving it a crown appearance. At one time this may have been the case with this saguaro, however, as it continued to grow and age, its new arms grew taller than the crown. Of course, this is a guess using my limited knowledge of saguaros, especially the mutated ones. Even though I refer to the unusual growth as a mutation, biologists disagree on the cause.

The nest in the cactus is probably that of a Curve-billed Thrasher, since they like to build their nest in a dense thorny shrub, or in a clump of cactus. Click here to see many more images of the rare form of cactus.


Images by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Lavender, Blue And Yellow   5 comments

New Mexico Thistle — Image by kenne

Lavender, Blue, and Yellow

Standing tall above

the golden poppies

and blue lupines

grows a warlike flower,

several inflorescences

branching  from the summit,

near the dusty paths

of the Sutherland Trail.


Bees move independently

through the fields

of  blue and yellow,

only the diligent

tunneling into

the cushion of lavender

before the arrival

of the painted ladies.

— kenne

Mexican Poppies and Desert Lupines in Catalina State Park — Image by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Sutherland Trail In The Spring Time   Leave a comment

Mexican Poppies and Desert Lupine along the Sutherland Trail in Catalina State Park — Image by kenne

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