Water Is Now Flowing In Sabino Canyon Quenching A Giant Thurst   Leave a comment

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-2 blogVisitors to Sabino Canyon were pleased to see water in the creek, the first time since the spring.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-3 blogThe water for now is flowing over the Bear Canyon low-water crossing.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-4 blogWater is also going over the low-water crossing below the Sabino Canton dam.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-5 blogWater rushing over Sabino Canyon dam.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-6 blogSabino Canyon Dam

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-7 blogSabino Canyon Dam

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-8 blogWater rushing over the boulders at the base of the dam.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-9 blogThe area along the creek has been so dry that even the willows near the dam have dropped their leaves,
looking more like late fall rather August.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-10 blogThis ash tree, home to a Cooper’s hawk nest has also lost a lot of its leaves.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-11 blogThe water is providing a welcome relief from this year’s draught.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-12 blogThe creek will continue to flow as long as the Catalina Mountains receive Monsoon rains.
— Images by kenne

“A giant thirst is a great joy when quenched in time.”

― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Capturing The Moment — Happy 90th, Don Fletcher   3 comments

Don's Birthday (1 of 1)-2 blogHAPPY BIRTHDAY to Fellow Monday Morning Miler, #90 — Image by Joy

After the hike on Mt. Lemmon this past Monday, some of us gathered for a picnic celebration for a very special person on th occasion of his 90th birthday. Don Fletcher is our hiking “poster child”, since we all would like to still be hiking on our 90th.

Hiking, staying active in general, is a good way to maintain dignity as mature humans, even though store clerks may have replaced “sir” with “sweetie” some time ago.

 

DON’T CALL ME SWEETIE!

Just because I may 

Look old and weak

Don’t call me sweetie –

No “elderspeak” for me.

You may think

You’re being kind,

But it’s not

A good moment

When dignity

Is left behind.

– kenne

Search Light Sunset   2 comments

Sunset  Search-light Sky(1 of 1)-2 blogSearch Light Sunset — Image by kenne

Another day lost

As we search for tomorrow

Bringing a new day.

– kenne

. . . He Almost Lost His Whole Head, Trying To Find A Little Piece Of Tail   Leave a comment

Spiny Lizard (1 of 1) blogDesert Spiny Lizard — Image by kenne

You know my mother told me the story,

About that spiny lizard that couldn’t see too well:

He was sunning on a rock,

When a coachwhip grabbed his tail

He turned around just to peep over the rock

And she said he almost lost his whole head,

Trying to find a little piece of tail

That’s why I’m going down, 

My nose is in the sand

A cloud of dust just came over me

And now I think I’m drowning on dry land

– kenne’s version of the Blues song “Drowning On Dry Land,” by Al Jackson, Jr.

What Is There Not To Like About The Olive Tree?   2 comments

Olives (1 of 1) blogOlives — Image by kenne

The Olive Tree

What is there not to like about the olive tree?

Its oil

Its color

Its shape

Its beauty

Its history

Its toughness

Its usefulness

Its hard wood

Its fascination

Its symbolism –

 peace, abundance, the Holy Spirit

What is there not to like about the olive tree?

– kenne

 

Blossoms Of Late Summer In The Desert   1 comment

Desert Willow Blooms (1 of 1)-2 blogDesert Willow Blossoms — Image by kenne

August monsoon rain

Creates rivers with water,

Blossoms of summer.

– kenne

Turkey Vultures After The Monsoon Storm   5 comments

Turkey Vultures Along Tanque Verde Wash — Images by kenne
(CLICK ON ANY OF THE TILED PHOTOS TO SEE LARGER IMAGES IN A SLIDESHOW FORMAT.)

Today’s mid-day monsoon storm may have cause the turkey vultures, who roust along the wash, to come back early. Normally, we only see them in the morning and late in the afternoon. I counted ten and within thirty minutes only four remained. The most I have counted in the summer is 24. The fall and spring migration can bring over 100 staying over night. Since I was down by the wash photographing water running in the normally dry wash, I could pass up photographing these big birds in the changing early afternoon light.

kenne

 

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