Archive for the ‘Winter’ Tag

Winter In The Canyon   3 comments

The Bluff Trail In Sabino Canyon — Panorama by kenne
The bluff trail runs a short distance from Sabino Canyon Road to Sabino Creek.

Winter Near The Santa Cruz River   1 comment

De Anza trail January 20, 2014-9522-72Winter Near The Santa Cruz River North Of Nogales, Arizona — Image by kenne

It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world,

but free to desist from it either.”

— Rabbi Tarfon

Wintery Sabino Canyon   1 comment

January 2nd Snow On The Mountains-art-1-72Phil Bentley iPhone image of snow above Sabino Canyon (January 1, 2019)
— Photo Artistry by kenne

Snow made it below the ridge
Dusting the lower Sabino Canyon
Clouds over endless mountains
Begin to open holes for the morning sun
Shinning a spotlight on the fresh snow.

The road up the mountain closed for days
A thick cloud cover no longer opens to the sun
As a few light flacks of snow float by
In the valley chilled by the mountain air
Taking whatever comes to the washes below.

— kenne


Wintering In The Canyon   9 comments

Ruby Crown Kinglet blogFemale Ruby Crowned Kinglet in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Right now, for reasons I have not been able to decern, pain is causing me to spend less time in Sabino Canyon. Months ago, before I got injured, I used to hike from one place to another, moving and accomplishing much. But now, no matter how much I try there is a voice slowing me down, bringing me home to this deeper wisdom that I am. A deeper wisdom is great, but I’m still trying to understand if the deeper wisdom is worth the trade-off.

— kenne

Nature Walker   Leave a comment


Wintering In Sabino Canyon   2 comments


western-bluebird-0399-blogWestern Bluebird — Images by kenne

We dance round a ring and suppose,
But the secret sits in the middle, and knows.

— Robert Frost

Phainopepla   Leave a comment

female-phainopepla-0137-blogFemale Phainopepla

D500 PhotosMale Phainopepla — Images by kenne

The Phainopepla is a common visitor to Sabino Canyon in the winter after spending summers on Mt. Lemmon. During a morning walk in the canyon, you can see them high on a tree branch chirping in the sunlight. 

She in her brown coat

He in his shiny black tux —



Savannah Sparrow   Leave a comment

Sparrow (1 of 1) art blogSavannah Sparrow in a Mesquite Tree (Sabino Canyon, January 1, 2016)– Image by kenne

The sparrows are preparing for winter,
each one dressed in a plain brown coat
and singing a cheerful song.

— Charles Kuralt

Winter View From The Patio Of The Catalinas   4 comments

Catalina Snow (1 of 1)-2 blogWinter View from the Patio of the Catalinas — Image by kenne

Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality.
The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.

— George Steiner

Capturing A Celestial Wall   1 comment

Janie & David VisitWinter Shadows In The Mission Courtyard — Image by kenne

Winter wall shadows
Captured, matted and framed on
A celestial wall.

— kenne


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Whitewater Draw 3014-9558 blogSandhill Cranes spend the winter at the Whitewater Draw in southern Arizona. — Images by kenne

When Opposites Are One   10 comments

“The Hunters In the Snow,” oil painting on wood by Pieter Bruegel

This work of Pieter Bruegel is a favorite of many people, but most know of his paintings only because of this painting, “Hunters in the Snow,” a scene appearing on many Christmas cards. His paintings are beautiful because of his compositions make one of opposites, based on Eli Siegel’s principle of aesthetic realism: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making of one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”


opposites are one

composing yesteryear’s coldness
stretching through time
standing still in the moment

searching the unrestricted
working with opposites
reassuring in sameness

emphasizing divergence
promising order
pleasing to self


(First posted December 15, 2009)

Capturing The Moment — Winter Windowlight   4 comments

Sweetwater Trail Wasson PeakWinter Windowlight — Image kenne

winter days grow short
shadows grow long 


darkness catches the light
pleasing slant to the eye
leafless trees

chill the blood

winter window fancies the room 
as paint on canvas


a reading place
warmth of a fireplace 
surrounded by soft music 
in the mind of dreams


Capturing The Moment — Snow Off The Desert Trail   2 comments

Snow 2013

Snow Off The Desert Trail — Image by kenne

Just as the snow was melting,
I stumbled upon a desert trail
Free of snow-covered brush.

A trail beaten by foot and hoof,
Warmer than the air above
A winding path near the wash. 

Providing a picture of contrasts,
To which the passing eye catches
Creating an image for the painter.


Capturing The Moment — Catch Me If You Can!   4 comments

Bear Canyon 2013Greater Roadrunner — Image by kenne

Greater Roadrunner

A roadrunner doesn’t go “meep meep”, for he says “cucucucuckoo”

He isn’t an ostrich or an emu, he is a cuckoo.

Even his scientific name means “Californian ground cuckoo” (or “ground cuckoo from California”)

You can even see that he’s a cuckoo by the type of feet he has.

He maybe brown and dull but if one looks closely, he or she can see the red and blue stripe behind his eyes.

He rarely flies but he can run seventeen miles per hour.

I love them, what about you?

— OspreyEagle


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