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After All Is Exhausted, Nature Remains   Leave a comment

Sunset — Image by kenne

After you have exhausted what there is
in business, politics, conviviality, and so on –
have found that none of these finally satisfy,
or permanently wear – what remains?
Nature remains.”

— Walt Whitman

Gila Woodpecker At Hummingbird Feeder   Leave a comment

This Gila Woodpecker Thinks He’s A Hummingbird — Image by kenne

Gila woodpeckers have been coming to the hummingbird feeder for several weeks now, and when I see him, I frighten him away. 

This morning I decided to get a photo. This is because woodpeckers are so adept at holding on to most anything.

They can do this because of two front and two back toes (zygodactyl toes). This clever foot formation, 

which can look like an X or a K, allows birds to grip things more efficiently. Add the fact that the tongues of woodpeckers 

can extend as much as 2 inches past the tips of their bills, and they like sweet things, such as fruit. 

Conclusion: this feeder is as much a woodpecker feeder as a hummingbird feeder.

— kenne

Gila Woodpecker On A Saguaro — Image by kenne

Curve-billed Thrasher Video   3 comments

This curve-billed thrasher was one of two on the neighbor’s ocotillo plant that I videoed in the following clip. — kenne

Chlorophyll captures hard radiation

My plumage explodes forth with colors bright

Transmutes into my dream’s pigmentation

In proud defiance of sun’s bleaching light

 

My plumage explodes forth with colors bright

I sprout a thousand flames rose tangerine

In proud defiance of sun’s bleaching light

Brush bold orange on the baked desert scene

— from Ocotillo by Tom Quigley 

Arizona State Butterfly   1 comment

Two-tailed Swallowtail, Arizona’s State Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

On the wings of time

Butterflies color the skies

As the seasons pass.

— kenne

Broad-billed Hummingbird Video Clip   Leave a comment

Broad-billed Hummingbird Video Clip Camera Setup, September 18, 2022

Broad-bill Hummingbird Morning   Leave a comment

Broad-bill Hummingbird At Patio Feeder (September 17, 2022) — Images by kenne

Broad-banded Swallowtail Visit Lemon Plant   2 comments

This Morning a Broad-banded Swallowtail Visited Our Potted Lemon Plant on the Patio — Images by kenne

Southern Dogface # 7   Leave a comment

Southern Dogface # 7 — Image by kenne

The southern dogface is a common butterfly this time of year here in Tucson,
and they are especially attracted to the Mexican Bird of Paradise blossoms. 

Though nothing can bring back the hour      

Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;     

      We will grieve not, rather find     

      Strength in what remains behind; 

      In the primal sympathy    

      Which having been must ever be;

      In the soothing thoughts that spring       

      Out of human suffering;   

      In the faith that looks through death,     

In years that bring the philosophic mind.

— from 536. Ode Intimations of Immortality by William Wordsworth

Curve-billed Thrasher at Patio Bird Feeder   Leave a comment

Curve-billed Thrasher at Patio Bird Feeder — Image by kenne

As I sit on our patio
watching birds land
in near-by mesquites

before flying to the
olive tree on the patio,
then gathering the nerve

to bolt to the bird feeders.
They are not pleased
that I sit on the patio

with a camera in hand.
Soon, the desire to eat
takes priority over fear.

— kenne

Fallen Century Plant   Leave a comment

A Fallen Century Plant Observed On This Morning’s Walk In Tanuri Ridge — Image by kenne

The century plant, Agave americana, is monocarpic, meaning it will bloom once in its lifetime.
However, it doesn’t bloom in a hundred years but may not appear for 10, 20, or more years, depending on the climate.
Most species in the genus Agave flower just once, although there are a few that are repeat bloomers.

Curve-billed Thrasher On The Wall   Leave a comment

Curve-billed Thrasher On The Patio Wall — Image by kenne

A curve-billed Thrasher

Looks at the camera’s eye

Bringing eye to eye.

— kenne

Roadrunner In Olive Tree   Leave a comment

Roadrunner in Olive Tree

Almost Blown Off  the Limb by Strong Gust of Wind — Images by kenne

Roadrunner on limb

Checking out the olive tree —

Ornate tree lizards.

Looking all around

A windy day in the tree

Safer on the ground

— kenne

Great Western Swallowtail Butterfly   3 comments

Great Western Swallowtail Butterfly — Photo Essay by kenne

with one tail missing

the swallowtail stays on track

not missing a beat

— kenne

Western Giant Swallowtail   Leave a comment

Western Giant Swallowtail — Images by kenne

Swallowtail

a floating lightness
effortless Waving..
a particle transforming
black to yellow
then to thin air..
lighting on shrub
but not really..
energetic reminder
empty space
is not empty…

— CharlesC

Broad-billed Hummingbird   1 comment

Broad-billed hummingbird just off the patio in the bushes, preparing to go to the feeder on the patio — mission accomplished! — Images by kenne

 

 

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