Archive for the ‘Tucson Arizona’ Tag

Santa Catalina Indian Paintbrush   1 comment

Santa Catalina Indian Paintbrush — Image by kenne

Love is like wildflowers;
It’s often found in the most unlikely places.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Golden Columbine On Box Camp Trail   1 comment

Golden Columbine On Box Camp Trail (Santa Catalina Mountains) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Mountain rains

bring out wildflowers

yellow and orange

in a sea green.

— kenne

Praying Mantis   1 comment

Praying Mantis — Images by kenne

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

Greater Roadrunner Painting   Leave a comment

Greater Roadrunner (August 3, 2021) — Painting by kenne

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

Cutleaf Evening Primrose   Leave a comment

Cutleaf Evening Primrose — Image by kenne

Before going on our August road trip I created a number of draft posting that I never posted.
This one is from August 2, 2021 — doing some housekeeping.

— 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

Mahogany Milkweed   Leave a comment

Mahogany Milkweed — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Mahogany Milkweed (Asclepias hypoleuca) is an upper elevation plant

with beautiful mahogony colored flowers.

It is found in the ponderosa pine forests of the Santa Catalina Mountains. 

— kenne

 

 

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

Cut Saguaro Ten Years Out   3 comments

I took this image in September 2011 while on my first Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) nature walk. 
I was so appalled that someone cut off the top of this young (probably 35-40 years old) saguaro cactus.

Sadly, over the years, I have frequently seen this type of vandalism.

This Image, taken July 27, 2021, illustrates the resiliency of nature. — Image by kenne

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns,
so that each small piece of her fabric reveals
the organization of the entire tapestry.

— Richard Feynman

 

Box Camp Trail Panorama   Leave a comment

Box Camp Trail Panorama In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Getting Ready For A Road Trip   3 comments

Getting Ready For A Road Trip (August 7, 2021)

Packing for the road and making sure house plant have plenty of water. Hopefully we have covered all the bases. The trip will be 6,300 miles to visit family and friends linking the following cities:

Tucson to Pecos — August 7th
Pecos to Dallas — August 8th
Dallas to Meridian — August 9th
Meridian to Savana — August 10th
Savana to Charleston — August 11th-12th
Charleston to Richmond — August 13th-16th
Richmond to Grantham — August 17th-20th
Grantham to Winchester — August 21st
Winchester to Chattanooga — August 23rd
Chattanooga to Baton Rouge — August 24t
Baton Rouge to Houston — August 25th
Houston to Ft. Stockton — August 30th
Ft. Stockton to Tucson — August 31st

I will be trying to use my blog as a trip journal with some updates on Twitter and Instagram. Some of the blog posts will include previously scheduled postings.

— kenne

Posted August 7, 2021 by kenneturner in Information, Photography

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A Columbine Bouquet   Leave a comment

A Columbine Bouquet — Image by kenne

At the edge of a stream

Stretching through mountain woods

Watching clouds create dark shadows

That sink down the stream where

Golden columbines shine

Though the dark shadows.

— kenne

 

Sweeping Away Illusions   Leave a comment

A Hiking Break On The Box Camp Trail In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

He sat on the pine needles
Next to a medium size pine
Pondering the moment
Sweeping away illusions
Before contiuing the hike
On the Box Camp trail.

— kenne

How may we overcome the fear of birth and death
and arrive at the state that is as indestructible as a diamond?
What way can direct us in our practice
to sweep away our thousands of illusions?
If the awakened mind shows its compassion
and opens up for us the treasure store,
then we may bring into our lives
the wonderful diamond teachings.

— from The Diamond That Cuts through Illusion by Thich Nhat Hanh

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