Archive for the ‘Tucson Airzona’ Tag

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

Cloud Whispers Over The Foothills   Leave a comment

Cloud Whispers Over The Catalina Foothills — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Sunset cloud whispers

A halo on the mountains

Of yellow and blue.

— kenne 

Where Am I?   2 comments

Abstract Art by kenne

Where am I?

Where do I want to be?

Is more effort needed?

An assessment
may create more questions,
in an upside-down world
where the normal order
is reversed.

Effort is good,
but too much is bad.
Can the key to life
be knowing how much effort
is enough?

“The more I try to stay
on top of water
the more I sink,
but when I try to sink,
I float.”

— kenne

 

Giant Reed   Leave a comment

Giant Reed In The Tanque Verde Wash — Image by kenne

Giant reed is an invasive grass common to riparian areas, streams, and rivers throughout the Southwest.
It thrives in moist soils (moderately saline or freshwater), sand dunes, and wetland areas. 

Giant reed forms dense, monocultural stands and often crowds out native vegetation for soil moisture, nutrients, and space.
When dry, it is highly flammable and becomes a fire danger in riparian habitats unaccustomed to sustaining fire.
It uses far more water than native vegetation, thus disturbing the natural flood regime.

Shoots and stems grow rapidly (as much as 4 inches per day during spring), outpacing native plant growth.
Shallow parts of the root system along stream edges are susceptible to undercutting, which contributes to bank
collapse and spreading of reproductive parts downstream. Giant reed grows back quickly following a fire,
thereby increasing its dominance over native riparian species.

I spotted this growth out in the Tanque Verde wash while walking the trail near the wash the other morning.

— kenne

Source: Forest Service

 

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel   1 comment

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel — Images by kenne

Round-tailed ground squirrels are comparatively small animals with grayish-brown coloring that matched the
sandy soils of their environment. Their unique characteristics are, most noticeably, their long, slender, rounded
tail, and secondly, their long, wide, hairy hind feet. Their claws and their small ears positioned low on the head,
enable them to live underground in a lifestyle that is semi-fossorial. They are often mistaken for prairie dogs or
gophers, but prairie dogs are much larger and gophers do not forage above ground.
— Source: Animalia 

 

Somewhere Down The Trail   Leave a comment

Starpass Trail — Image by kenne

On December 10th, I posted this image in color. Using Photoshop,
this is my black and white take of the original image taken December 17, 2012
while hiking in the Tucson Mountains.

— kenne

Aspen Draw Trail — Fall Colors   1 comment

Aspen Draw Trail On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

 

Walk the mountain trails

Beauty is all around us

Never to forget.

 

The words miss the mark

If only they could capture

The moment in time.

 

So, we keep trying

To share visual moments

And all its beauty.


— kenne

 

The Tucson Mountains — Truth Never Dies   4 comments

Tucson Mountains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Truth Never Dies

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.

Though unreceived and scoffed at through the years,
    Though made the butt of ridicule and jest,
Though held aloft for mockery and jeers,
    Denied by those of transient power possessed,
Insulted by the insolence of lies,
    Truth never dies.

It answers not. It does not take offense,
    But with a mighty silence bides its time.
As some great cliff that braves the elements
    And lifts through all the storms its head sublime,
It ever stands, uplifted by the wise,
    And never dies.

As rests the Sphinx amid Egyptian sands;
    As looms on high the snowy peak and crest;
As firm and patient as Gibraltar stands,
    So truth, unwearied, waits the era blest
When men shall turn to it with great surprise.
    Truth never dies.

— Anonymous

Sunflower of Timeless Tomorrows   Leave a comment

Aspen Sunflower (08/16/13) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Golden Banded Skipper   Leave a comment

Golden Banded Skipper — Image by kenne

The golden banded-skipper has many similar species in its range such as
the Sonoran banded-skipper (Autochton pseudocellus), the Sierra Madre
banded-skipper (Autochton siermadror), the Chisos banded-skipper
(Autochton cincta), the dark-fringed banded-skipper (Autochton vectolucis),
the spiky banded-skipper (Autochton neis), the two-spotted banded-skipper
(Autochton bipunctatus), the sharp banded-skipper (Autochton zarex), and
the narrow banded-skipper (Autochton longipennis). — Wikipedia

Ten Years Ago When We Had A Monsoon Season   1 comment

In 2010 we experience our first Sonoran Desert monsoon season. There was lots of rain, wind and lightning.
This year’s monsoon season has been a nonsoon! So far we have had only 2 inches of rain.
This weekend’s forecast was for heavy rains and flash flooding — somebody stole our rain!

So, for this monsoon season the best I can do is revisit an August 31, 2010 posting. — kenne

Catalina Foothills, Tucson, Arizona — image by kenne

During this summer’s rainy season, many storms have provided much-needed rain to southern Arizona. However, when it comes to rainfall, not all areas are treated equally. We had received little rain till the other evening, so when the rain began, it was a time to rejoice. So much is special about the desert. I wrote a poem and produced a video. You can read the poem below and/or in the video.

Desert’s Rainy Season

Desert’s rainy season is
A product of summer highs
Mixed with atmosphere lows
Bringing a refreshing brief break
To her blue-skied summer heat

Desert’s wide-open spaces
Provide panoramic views
Showcasing threatening clouds
Only too often breakup
Before reaching your sky

Welcoming rains come
Only at Desert’s well
Playing havoc with forecasters
Never seeming to learn
She does not keep time

Wind shaking the trees,
Olive, palo verde and mesquite
Shadowed by rains wetness
Shining with each lightning flash
While drinking of life’s fountain

Olives falling from twisted branches
Rolled by wind over wet flagstones
Pounding rain leaving behind puddles
As rainwater exits through openings
In old pueblo walls

Wind chimes dance wildly
Ringing out in nervous joy
Desert’s unlocked sounds
Composing a melodic refrain
Proclaiming Desert’s delight

— kenne

Colorless Desert Sunset   Leave a comment

Colorless Desert Sunset — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Sonoran sunset

A different perspective

Maintains its beauty.

— kenne

The West Continues To Burn   1 comment

Forest Fires In Western States Transforms The Skies Over Tucson — Sunrise Image by kenne

Monarch Butterfly   Leave a comment

Ken & Mary Visit -- Monarch-art-72.jpgMonarch Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Just living is not enough,”
said the butterfly,
“one must have sunshine,
freedom and a little flower.”

— Hans Christian Andersen

Psychedelic Mushrooms   Leave a comment

SCVN Nature Walk 08-15-12, Marshall GulchPsychedelic Mushrooms — Computer art by kenne

Engrossing as a black hole
or your TV screen. I send out
no powers: I accept all
energies, all joys and juices . . .

–from “Dr. P.H.D. Dark, Hypnotist” by W.D. Snodgrass

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