Appalachian Mountain Club Hikes Blackett’s Ridge – II   Leave a comment

AMC Hiking Blackett’s Ridge, April 7, 2014. — Images and video by kenne
(Click on any of the tiled images to see a larger view in a slideshow.)

This is the second of two postings on AMC hike on Blackett’s Ridge. The 1st posting was on April 8th

Enjoy. The next AMC posting will be on hiking to Hutch’s Pool

kenne

Capturing The Moment — Picacho Peak   Leave a comment

Picacho Peak (1 of 1)-2 blog framedPicacho Peak — Image by kenne

A real butt-kicker

This big peak climbed by many

Truth defines this hike.

– kenne

 

A Brother Lost   4 comments

Brother at Sunrise (1 of 1) blog framedBrother at Sunrise — Image by kenne

A Brother Lost

Now that it’s daylight at five,
I am awaken by the
Soft sounds of morning doves,


Delaying for a moment
My feet hitting the floor –
Just long enough

To think about my brother
Who no longer writes, 
Calls, or returns mine. 

There’s no reason.
He has never needed
A reason to not call – 

For him,
calls need a reason, 
even made up ones –

Sharing a quote,
Name now forgotten,
Need to reach out.

Now lost in the northwest,
Imprisoned by his mind,
Lacking courage to create.

Now each day I live with
Words no longer spoken,
Words no longer written.

– kenne 

Appalanhian Mountain Club Hikes To Romero Pools   Leave a comment

George Schott (co-leader) & Linda Moraski (leader)

George Schott (co-leader) & Linda Moraski (leader)

On April 6th, The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) began a week of hiking in the Tucson area. The first hike started in Catalina State Park, following the Romero Pool Trail in the Push Ridge area of the Catalina mountains. Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists, Tim Ralph and myself, along with Mike Harris, lead guide in the Southern Arizona Hiking Club, shared the roles of hosts and guides for the hiking group from the east.  The AMC Adventure Travel group of sixteen was under the leadership of Linda Moraski (leader) and George Schott (co-leader).

Additional postings of the AMC time in Tucson will take place over the next week. 

kenne

 

Images & Video by kenne

(Click on any of the following “tiled” images to see larger views in a slideshow.)

Galactic Sunset   5 comments

Sunset (1 of 1) April 10, 2014 art blogGalactic Sunset — Computer Art Image by kenne

Galactic sunset

In the desert’s milky way

Arching the night sky.

– kenne

We Scar The Things We Love   Leave a comment

Madera Canyon Panorama April 11, 2014 blog framedA Panorama View Down Through Madera Canyon In The Santa Rita Mountains South of Tucson, Arizona.
(Note the light color of mining tailings surrounding ponded water.)
– Image by kenne

We Scar The Things We Love

 

Always there is something worth trekking

in the Sonoran Desert.

Sometimes the treks start early in the morning,

driving across the Tucson basin over

occasional low water crossings and cattle guards

on narrow roads, stopping for big yellow buses.

 

A canyon road leads out of Green Valley,

a quite peaceful community

along the banks of the Santa Cruz River

covered with oaks and walnut trees

and a rich history with the Tumacacori Mission

to the south and San Xavier del Bac to the north.

 

Crossing one-lane bridges through a grassland bajada, 

the road climbs toward Madera Canyon

nestled between Mt. Wrightson and Mt. Hopkins

on the eastern slop of the Santa Rita Mountains,

forming one of the Sonoran desert’s Sky Islands,

an oasis above this bowl-shaped canyon.

 

Although some are called “Friends of Madera Canyon”

all visitors, be they hikers, birders, walkers,

or just those relaxing at one of the beautiful vistas

share a love of nature and being outdoors,

forming a friendship that helps bond 

memoirs of a shared love.

 

“All the while jumbled memories flirt out on their own,”

intruding on nature’s beautiful vistas

where a river once ran through, now shadowed

by a high wall of tailings surrounding a pond,

altering nature’s beautiful vistas above the canyon,

producing lasting scars to the sky above, the earth below.

 
– kenne
 

Capturing The Moment — Horned Lizard   4 comments

Horned Lizard (1 of 1) blog framed

Horned Lizard (1 of 1)-2 blog framedHorned Lizard (Horny Toad) In Madera Canyon (April 11, 2014) — Images by kenne

 

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