Sabino Canyon To Reopen With Partial Services   2 comments

CJ Woodard, Santa Catalina District Ranger

On Friday, September 18, 2020, District Ranger conducted a guided tour for Partner members ahead of the Scheduled Reopening of Sabino Canyon Recreational Area on September 21, 2020. Fifteen Partner members, five each from:

Friends of Sabino Canyon
Sabino Canyon Volunteer Nationalists
Santa Catalina Volunteer Patrol

In addition to the following video, images of the Drive-thru are in this Flickr Album.

Zion Canyon Panorama   Leave a comment

Canyon Views Panorama (1 of 1)-B&W-72

Zion Canyon Panorama — B&W Image by kenne

Mighty and dreadful are your tall columns here,

(through soul and love put you in deep shade)

for you outnumber man and outscore even life itself,

and you are roughly tied with God and, strangely, eyes.

— from Unholy Sonnet # 1 by Billy Collins

RPG—1933-2020   3 comments

— David Fitzsimmons/The Arizona Daily Star

It’s up to us to keep moving her values forward and not take this country
back to the 1950s. If you know your history, then you know what I mean. So
many people have benefited from this woman being on the Supreme Court,
especially women. We have lost a giant of a woman!

— kenne

Storm Clouds Over The Catalinas   1 comment

Storm Clouds Over The Santa Catalina Mountains (09/06/14) — Image by kenne

“And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath
the wheels of routine—and before we know it our lives are
gone. What does a man need—really need? A few pounds
of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in—
and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of
accomplishment. That’s all—in the material sense, and we know it.”

— Sterling Hayden

To The Moon   Leave a comment

To the Moon

Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven, and gazing on the earth,
Wandering companionless
Among the stars that have a different birth,
And ever-changing, like a joyless eye
That finds no object worth its constancy?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Anything Can Happen Here Amigo   1 comment

Image by kenne

“I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me,
and my enquiry is as to their working,
and my problem is their subjugation and victory,
down throw and upheaval,
and my effort is their self-expression.”

— Dylan Thomas

Imagine . . .   Leave a comment

Imagine . . .

pictures not seen
words not read
voices not heard
skins not touched

. . . now, imagine seeing the future.

Imagine . . .

artists not painting
poets not writing
singers not singing
lovers not embracing

 . . . now, imagine seeing the future.

Imagine . . .

a rush of wind coming down
from the mountaintop –
if you listen,
you can foretell the future

 . . . now, imagine seeing the future.

Imagine . . .

staring at a canvass
brush in hand
listen to yourself
you will paint the future

 . . . now, imagine seeing the future.

Imagine!

— kenne

Squirrel On Park Bench   1 comment

Squirrel On Park Bench — Image by kenne

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small
men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been
given than to explore the power they have to change it.
Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not
a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential.
Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

— Muhammad Ali

Posted September 18, 2020 by kenneturner in Capturing the Moment, Information, Photography

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Capturing The Moment — Schefflera Bonsai   Leave a comment

Seven years out from this posting, the Schefflera bonsai is still well. I do need to replant it, though. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

schefflera plant-7913 art blogSchefflera Bonsai Painting — Image by kenne

Schefflera bonsai
Surviving the desert heat
In a small planter.

Indestructible
A full-sized brassaia
In shade with water.

  — kenne

(This bonsai started life in the sub-tropic climate of the gulf coast many years ago. We moved it with us to Tucson where it loss its leaves, but has come back strong. I will be trimming it back and repotting this winter — life goes on in the desert for this indestructible bonsai.)

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Posted September 17, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

Amaranthus palmeri – Carelessweed   Leave a comment

Amaranthus palmeri – Carelessweed (Near the Tanque Verde Wash in Tucson) — Image by kenne

These plants are often found growing in fields, along roadsides, in drainage areas, and along desert washes.
The spine-tipped flower bracts are prickly (especially when dry) and can scratch bare skin.
Do not walk through a dense patch of dried Carelessweed while wearing shorts.

— kenne

Smoke and Haze   Leave a comment

Smoke and Haze — Photo-Artistry by kenne

We hike the park trails

Maintaining social distance

Oh, yes, wearing masks.

— kenne

Why Did The Tarantula Cross The Street?   3 comments

Tarantula (Walking in Tanuri Ridge this Morning) — Images by kenne

In a word, SEX!

Generally, when you see tarantulas on the move, it’s males
looking for females. I’m not an expert, but it makes sense to me.

— kenne

 

The Sonoran Deserts’ Monster   Leave a comment

Gila Monster — Image by kenne

The Gila monster is a large, heavy- bodied lizard reaching a little over 1¼ feet in length.
The head is large, with small, beady eyes; the tail is short and fat. The family name
Helodermatidae means warty skin, referring to the beaded look of the dorsal scales,
due to the presence of osteoderms (small bones) under the scales.
The lizard is bright pink and black, usually in a reticulated pattern,
but in a banded pattern in some populations.

— Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 

What if . . .   3 comments

Sunset Over The Tucson Mountains — Image by kenne

“What if our religion was each other.
If our practice was our life.
If prayer, our words.
What if the temple was the Earth.
If forests were our church.
If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean.
What if meditation was our relationships.
If the teacher was life.
If wisdom was self-knowledge.
If love was the center of our being.”

— Ganga White

When Is A Tree Not A Tree?   Leave a comment

Becoming is Superior to Being

Living In The Shadow. — Image my kenne

Take a leaf off a tree. Is it still a tree?
Take a sin­gle twig off a tree. Is it still a tree?
Remove an entire branch from a tree. Is it still a tree?
Take off half of the branches. Is it still a tree?
Cut down the whole tree, leav­ing only the stump. Is it still a tree?
Many peo­ple would say no, it is no longer a tree,
though the roots may still be in the ground.
Well, where did the tree go?
Removing a leaf, it remains a tree,
but not by remov­ing all of the branches and the trunk?

In the real world, there aren’t any things as we com­monly think of them.
A ‘thing’ as we refer to it is only a noun. A noun is merely an idea, a men­tal con­struct.
These ‘things’ exist only in…

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Posted September 15, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

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