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White Winged Dove and Ocotillo Blossoms   2 comments

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Our summer friends have returned from winter in Mexico. These images were taken from just off our patio — welcome back!

— kenne

White-Winged Dove — Three Photos   Leave a comment

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The white-winged doves spend their summers here in southern Arizona. There are signs they are beginning to migrate south for the remainder of the year. 

Here’s a link to an early June posting when they were arriving in the area.
https://kenneturner.com/2017/06/07/feasting-on-saguaro-cactus-fruit/

— kenne

Feasting On Saguaro Cactus Fruit   2 comments

Each spring the white-winged doves return from wintering in Mexico and the air is filled with their mating calls. The hoots and coos are so common they sometimes drown out the sounds of other birds.

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The return of the white-winged doves plays a very important role in the life cycle of the saguaro cactus. When saguaros flower, white-winged doves move from flower to flower, sipping nectar and pollinating the plant.

White-Winged Dove on Saguaro-1764 blogOnce the flowers become fruit, the doves have a new food source. The sweet fruit is filled with thousands of tiny seeds, which pass unharmed through the digestive system of the dove. If seeds are passed while the dove is perched on a tree or bush, that tree or bush might become a nurse plant to the growing saguaro. Such a plant protects the young saguaro from extreme weather and animals and greatly increases its chances of survival.

White-Winged Dove on Saguaro-1763 blogFor the Tohono O’odham, the saguaro cactus and its fruit (bahidaj) is a very important part of their heritage. The towering saguaro cactus provides both physical and spiritual sustenance for the people. With temperatures now over 100 degrees, the bahidaj is now ripening and being harvested by the Tohono O’odham.  (Images by kenne)

— kenne

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White-winged Dove After The Rain   2 comments

White-winged Dove after the rain — Images by kenne

Outside, I watched her

moving in a nearby tree

after rains ended.

— kenne

A Summer Morning In Sabino Canyon — A Photo Essay   12 comments

This time of year if you are going to spend time in Sabino Canyon, it needs to be early in the morning. It doesn’t take long before the temperature can be in the triple digits — yes, this is Tucson, Arizona.

For a lot of us who love spending time outdoors and hiking, this time of year most of our time is spent up on Mt. Lemmon. Couple that with my trying to spend more time with Joy, except for checking the mail and an occasional meeting, I haven’t been in the canyon lately.

So, this morning after a little jog in the neighborhood, I headed over to Sabino Canyon where I went on an hour and a half hike in and effort to relieve my guilt. 

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We are still early in the desert monsoon season, so signs of the heat and dry air are everywhere. (Barrel cactus)

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Sabino creek is dry . . .

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. . . and the area above the dam looks like a beach.

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Down stream from the dam rocks minis water flowing over and around them have taken on different colors.

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Even so, there is still plenty of live in the canyon, here two squirrels are cooling themselves in the shade at the creek dam.

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Here a busy ground squirrel checking me out before retreating into his cool den.

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A late-blooming Saguaro can occasionally be found.

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Desert Marigolds . . .

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. . . attracting butterflies.

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A gall produced by flies that inhabit creosote bushes.

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An ocotillo leafed out from an early July rain.

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Another ocotillo surrounded by prickly pear cactus whose fruit is beginning to turn red.

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Prickly pear fruit.

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Still, often under austere conditions, life goes on. (Whitewinged Dove)

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The harshness of this land causes many to see the Sonoran desert to be a wasteland.

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Those who have experienced the beauty of this amazing desert know it is not, but if left unprotected, it can become a man-made wasteland.

— kenne

Among all the geographic areas of the United States, the Southwest in general
and Arizona in particular is blessed with a panoramic beauty that almost defies description.
Only a limited number of poets, painters, and photographers
have been able to do justice to her splendor.

— Marshall Trimble, Arizona: A Panoramic History of a Frontier State, 1977

White-winged Dove Abstract Art   1 comment

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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.  

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

A White-Winged Dove Returns to Sabino Canyon   1 comment

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A White-Winged Dove Returns to Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Events are always perceived

with reference to a particular

frame. In another system of coordinates,

the same events are not the same.

— Albert Einstein

A Lonesome Dove   1 comment

A Lonesome Dove — Image by kenne

Each spring a pair of
white-winged doves
return to our patio area
and each year I welcome
the morning cooing calls,
sometimes on the front
courtyard wall as I leave
to go hiking or a morning run.

Later in the day,
always near sunset,
I see them at the patio fountain
for an end of day watering —
they may not know it
but we have become close friends
over the five years
we have called Tucson our home.

The other day as I returned from
an early morning run
I noticed a dove
on the street circle grassy area
face down
tail feather pointed up,
almost instinctively
I began to look around —

there on the courtyard wall
was a lone dove
looking toward the circle.
Later that morning I saw him
in a mesquite tree near the circle —
and for days now I see
him as if without looking.
Slowly I have accepted

that my friend
has lost a friend.
Now only one dove
visits the fountain at sunset.
I have begun to noticed
morning cooing again,
maybe, just maybe my friend
will find a new friend.

— kenne

White Winged Dove   1 comment

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White Winged Dove — Image by kenne

a white winged dove
a symbol of my psyche
a life mandala.

— kenne

“Just Like A White Winged Dove”   5 comments

Whitewing Dove (1 of 1) framed blogWhite winged doves plays an important role in the life-cycle of saguaro cactus, loving the nectar of the the saguaro flower.
Here, this white winged dove appears to be patiently waiting for the buds to open. — Image by kenne

“Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo-whoo-whoo
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she’s singin’
Whoo, baby, whoo
Said, whoo”

A White-winged Dove Enjoys Saguaro Fruit for Lunch   4 comments

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Missing   Leave a comment

Doves (1 of 1)-3 art B-W blogA Pair of White-Winged Doves — Image by kenne

Missing

flying a low line

over my head

the hawk pick-up speed

disappearing 

into a grove of trees

flushing a group

of white-winged doves

flying back

over my head

putting distance

between the hawk

somewhere on the ground

below the trees

a feeling

of death lingered in the air 

as a lone dove

flew back into the trees

. . . missing.

— kenne

 

 

Staying Cool In Tucson Under My Estes Park Cap   10 comments

Kenne at Pool_20110808_0004 II Hot Eyes blogStaying Cool In Tucson Under My Estes Park Cap — Image by kenne

mid-day in the desert,

I walk outside

taking a break

watching

the birds drinking

at the fountain

white-winged doves

dart

across the sky.

where are they going,

in their

straight path-line,

I wonder?

I sit

in the shade

of the olive tree

the desert dry heat

an’t bad,

as long as you

are not moving

and have a

iced-cold beer

in hand —

this is what

desert life

is all about!

somehow 

these are 

peaceful

days.

— kenne

(108 degrees today)

Peace Struggles   1 comment

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Doves of peace struggle

In the branches of terror

Money buying fear.

— kenne

White Winged Dove On A ‘Nest’ Of Saguaro Buds   4 comments

Whitewing Dove (1 of 1) Nest of Saguaro Blossoms blog framedThis White Winged dove stands among a bouquet of Saguaro buds. Image by kenne

Migrating each year
To the Sonoran desert
For cactus nectar.

She awaits blossoms
Soon to open with nectar
In the night darkness.

Nearby cactus bloom,
But she waits among the buds
To open this night.

First serving the bats
She takes her turn each morning
In the warming sun.

— kenne

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