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Orange Sulphur Butterfly — The Brightside of Darkness   Leave a comment

Orange Sulphur Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Brightside of Darkness

Praying Mantis   1 comment

Praying Mantis — Images by kenne

In today’s world, “even the mantis has stopped praying.”

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly   Leave a comment

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly — Images by kenne

my symbol of life

rests on a nearby flower

wings keep on moving

— kenne

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly Art   1 comment

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly Art — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Thou winged blossom, liberated thing,
What secret tie binds thee to other flowers,
Still held within the garden’s fostering?
Will they too soar with the completed hours,
Take flight, and be like thee
Irrevocably free,
Hovering at will o’er their parental bowers?

Or is thy luster drawn from heavenly hues,—
A sumptuous drifting fragment of the sky,
Caught when the sunset its last glance imbues
With sudden splendor, and the tree-tops high
Grasp that swift blazonry,
Then lend those tints to thee,
On thee to float a few short hours, and die?”

— from Ode to a Butterfly by Thomas Wentworth Higginson

White-lined Sphinx Moth   1 comment

White-lined Sphinx Moth — Image by kenne

White-lined sphinx moths are among the largest flying insects of the deserts, with adult wingspans exceeding 5 inches.
Larvae can be just as long, up to 5 inches, with most having a prominent horn at the rear of their fleshy body.
When alarmed, these larvae rear up their heads in a threatening sphinx-like posture and may emit a thick,
green substance from their mouths.

The body of the white-lined sphinx moth ranges in length from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches. It has a prominent brown head,
a brown thorax with 6 white stripes and a brown abdomen with paired dark spots on each segment.
The forewings are brown with a buff-colored band from base to tip and veins outlined in white.
The hind wings are pink, turning to dark brown near the margins.

Source: http://www.desertusa.com

Butterflies Everywhere   1 comment

Cloudless  Sulphue Butterflies On Mexican Bird Of Paradice — Image by kenne

gone from the desert
back to butterflies and bees
a record monsoon

— kenne

Road Trip Preparation   Leave a comment

Irrigation Timer
 

Our yard and patio have a lot of drought-resistant plants, including several types of cactus and succulents. Additionally, we have a few tropical plants that need regular watering, even during the monsoon season. Irrigation being irrigation, meaning problematic, I routinely have to replace sections of PVC flexible hose. Since we will be gone for a little over three weeks, I’ve been working to minimize any potential problems. In the past couple of weeks, I have repaired four leeks and yesterday replaced the timer. 

— kenne

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, “Is it good, friend?”
“It is bitter—bitter,” he answered;
 
“But I like it
“Because it is bitter,
“And because it is my heart.”
 
— Stephen Crane 

Panoramic View From The Patio   Leave a comment

Panoramic View From The Patio After Monsoon Rains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

clouds hug the mountains

after monsoon rains move on

my heart leaps with joy

— kenne

Texas Ranger (Purple Sage) Blossoming   Leave a comment

Texas Ranger (Purple Sage) Blossoming in Tanuri Ridge after Recent Monsoon Rains — Image by kenne

“Where I was raised a woman’s word was law.

I ain’t quite outgrowed that yet.”

from Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey

Dove In Mesquite Tree   2 comments

White-winged Dove In Mesquite Tree — Photo-Artistry by kenne

we have eye connect

can she see into my soul

we will never know

— kenne

White-lined Sphinx Moth   Leave a comment

White-lined Sphinx Moth — Image by kenne

Interesting creature —
is it a bird, a plane or
a white-lined sphinx moth?

— kenne

 

Spread Your Wings   1 comment

Spread Your Wings (Two-tailed Swallowtail) — image by kenne

resting on a leaf

she spreads her beautiful wings

getting attention

— kenne

 

Life Is All About Perspectives   1 comment

 ‘Weed’ On the Patio — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I have subscribed to The New Yorker for years and find it helpful to see things from different perspectives; some I like, some I don’t. Many great writers, some of which I agree with, some I don’t. It’s all a matter of perspective, which is what this poem is all about — It’s only boogie-woogie.

BOOGIE-WOOGIE

You shout from the other room
You ask me how to spell boogie-woogie
And instantly I think what luck
no war has been declared
no fire has consumed
our city’s monuments
our bodies our dwellings

The fiver didn’t flood
no friends 
have been arrested
It’s only boogie-woogie
I sign relieved
and say it’s spelled just as it sounds
boogie-woogie

— Adam Zagajewski (The New Yorker, July 5, 2021)

Bottlebrush Flower Under A Blue Sky   2 comments

Bottlebrush Flower — Image by kenne

Bottlebrush flower

Red cylindrical-shaped spikes

Under a blue sky.

— kenne

Little Potted Cactus On The Patio   Leave a comment

Little Potted Cactus On The Patio — Image by kenne

“Its object of desire being infinite, art’s movement will
never cease to be carried perpetually forward, for it
will never discover a limit to what it seeks.”

— Saint Gregory of Nyassa

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