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Common Buckeye Butterfly   1 comment

Common Buckeye Butterfly (Junonia coenia) — Image by kenne

So, I begin researching articles on butterfly color and found “The evolution of color:
How butterfly wings can shift in hue” in ScienceDaily. They found that buckeyes
and other Junonia species can create a rainbow of structural colors simply by tuning
the thickness of the wing scale’s bottom layer (the lamina), which creates
iridescent colors in the same way a soap bubble does. 

“In each Junonia species, structural color came from the lamina. And they are producing
a big range of lamina thicknesses that create a rainbow of different colors, everything
from gold to magenta to blue to green,” says first author Rachel Thayer.
“This helps us understand how structural color has evolved over millions of years.”

You can find more information structured color at Marine Biological Laboratory.
(Please note, I’m a photographer, not a biologist.)

— kenne

Sun, the lord of heaven   4 comments

Sun, the lord of heaven — Image by kenne

The Red Poppy

The great thing
is not having
a mind. Feelings:
oh, I have those; they
govern me. I have
a lord in heaven
called the sun, and open
for him, showing him
the fire of my own heart, fire
like his presence.
What could such glory be
if not a heart? Oh my brothers and sisters,
were you like me once, long ago,
before you were human? Did you
permit yourselves
to open once, who would never
open again? Because in truth
I am speaking now
the way you do. I speak
because I am shattered.

— Louise Glück 

Cattails By A Sonoran Creek   Leave a comment

Cattails By A Sonoran Desert Creek — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The sonoran desert

a very diverse place

wildflowers take turns

blooming so visitors

can always see them — 

what a beautiful world.

— kenne

Bighorn Fire, June 18th On Mt. Lemmon   3 comments

For some of us, this video is not easy to watch. Sad, very sad!

Posted June 19, 2020 by kenneturner in Information, Mt. Lemmon, Tucson Arizona

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Two Leaves On A Bench   1 comment

Aspen Draw Trail-8483-Edit-3-art-Edit-1-72.jpgTwo Leaves On A Bench — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Two leaves on a bench
Holding on to each other
Braced against fall winds.

— kenne

 

Sonoran Desert Sunset   Leave a comment

Sunset (1 of 1)-72-Edit-1-art-72Sonoran Desert Sunset — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Sunsets are proof
that no matter what
happens, everyday
can end beautifully.”

 

 

A Spring Bouquet   Leave a comment

spring bouquetA Spring Bouquet — Image by kenne

The same wildflowers, a different spring.
What matters is that it is spring.
What matters is that they return each spring.
What matters is each spring will be different.
What matters most is that the same wildflowers
           always return with each different spring.

— kenne

Sunglasses   1 comment

Joy

I thought about you, girlfriend

I thought about today
Taking a big breath.

I thought about tomorrow
Exceeding my grasp.

I thought about time
Wondering about timeless.

I thought about life
Asking the question.


I thought about people
Knowing not what I see.

I thought about what is
Wondering why?

I thought about ideals
Seeking what should be.

I thought about art
Becoming aware.

I thought about love
Touching the feeling.


I thought about Joy
Feeling love inside.

I thought about you,
Walking with long shadows.

I thought about tomorrow
Sharing your path.

— kenne

Posted February 26, 2019 by kenneturner in Information, Joy, Tucson

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Desert Rosemallow (Hibiscus coulteri)   Leave a comment

Desert Rosemallow Hibiscus coulteri-72.jpgDesert Rosemallow (Hibiscus coulteri) — Image by kenne

We spent the day
driving in the rain
from Houston to Ft. Stockton,
before that
five days of no sun.

This posting
is in preparation
for our return to
the Sonoran Desert
and springtime.

— kenne

Yarrow Wildflower   2 comments

Sunset Trail HikeYarrow  Wildflower (Achillea Millefolium) on Mt. Lemmon — Images by kenne

a beautiful plant

alive or dry

long lasting

diffidently not a

one-night stand

possessing 

herbal properties

providing a variety

of benefits

throughout the ages

medieval to modern

known for

clotting blood to

increasing intelligence

just ask the 

 Pueblo peoples —

try chewing before

fire-eating.

— kenne

Speak To Me Of Stones   Leave a comment

Arches_20111229_1047 blogDel Sol Arches — HDR Image by kenne

Speak to me of stones
Without stones, there is no arch —
A symbol of strength.

— kenne

Our First Gila Monster Of The Season   Leave a comment

gila monster-1632 blogGila Monster — Image by kenne

Not monsters at all, Gila monsters are one of the few species of venomous lizards on the planet. These carnivores are classified as near threatened and are native to the Sonoran Desert. We saw this lizard moving near and under desert bushes in the Saguaro National Park yesterday. Although these carnivores are classified as near threatened, they can be commonly seen this time of year scavenging for food after spending the winter underground.

— kenne

Sabino Canyon Esperero Trail   1 comment

Sabino Canyon Esperero Trail Panorama blogSabino Canyon Esperero Trail — Panorama by kenne

I walked the trail
passing clouds
cast their shadows
of dark gray
on the mountains.
All morning I pondered
the thought of a poem
I may never write
of this moment
missing the words
like the spring wildflowers
that never bloomed,
the land is bare
birds having migrated
south to Mexico.

— kenne

Wild Cotton Seed Pods Art   Leave a comment

MMM 02-04-13Wild Cotton Seed Pods Art by kenne

Wild cotton seed pods
Not much fiber in these guys
Enough for the name.

— kenne

Black Swallowtail Photo Essay– Signs of Spring   7 comments

Black Swallowtail Photo Essay– Signs of Spring by kenne (Tohono Chul, Tucson AZ, February 24, 2018) 

Desert springtime, with flowers popping up all over the place, trees leafing out, streams gushing down from the mountains. Great time of year for hiking, camping, exploring, sleeping under the new moon and the old stars. At dawn and at evening we hear the coyotes howling with excitement—mating season.

— Edward Abbey

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