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The Wonderland Of The Southwest   Leave a comment

Petrified Forest National Park-0079 blogPetrified Forest National Park — Images by kenne

Here, one sees the Painted Desert with its fantastic coloring, the petrified forests, deep lateral cañons, the great Cohonino Forest, through which one may ride for five days without finding a drop of water except during the rainy season. Truly, it is a wonderland, and in the Grand Cañon one can think of nothing but the Abomination of Desolation. There is no place in the world at present so accessible, and at the same time so full of the most romantic interest, as are the territories of Arizona and New Mexico.

— from On the Border with Crook, by John G. Bourke (1891)

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Hiking The Aspen Loop In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Photo Essay   6 comments

Hikers-2840 blog IIHikers in a New Aspen Grove Up from Marshall Gulch On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

In 2003 the Aspen Fire destroyed many homes in Summerheaven and thousands of acres on Mt. Lemmon. Last Friday the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists led hike was on the Aspen Loop that goes through some of the areas destroyed, now recovered by new aspen and pine groves. 

A precursor to the Aspen Fire was the Bollock Fire, 2002 in the eastern part of the Catalinas. Parts of the area burned in 2002 is now experiencing the Burro Fire that started Friday and has now consumed 9,000 acres. The Burro Fire is one of a half-dozen wildfires in the Coronado National Forest. Did I say it is hot and very dry in southeastern Arizona?

— kenne

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Chapel at Tlaquepaque   Leave a comment

Sedona Chapel (1 of 1) blogChapel at Tlaquepaque in Sedona, Arizona (June 14, 2016) — Image by kenne

The Chapel at Tlaquepaque is located in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village along the tree-lined Oak Creek. The chapel is designed after some Mexican haciendas that provided a private chapel for a visiting priests could offer mass and other services.

Five in the Afternoon

“A boy brought the white sheet
at five in the afternoon.
A frail of lime already prepared
at five in the afternoon.
The rest was death and death alone
at five in the afternoon.”

— Federico Garcia Lorca

 

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona — Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Chapel of the Holy Cross -- James Jill Joy (1 of 1) blogChapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona (June 14, 2016) — Image by kenne

Chapel of the Holy Cross (1 of 1) blogChapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona (June 14, 2016) — Image by kenne

Sedona & Talking Stick ResortChapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona (April 27, 2013) — Image by kenne

Sedona & Talking Stick ResortChapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona (April 27, 2013) — Image by kenne

Chapel of the Holy Cross (1 of 1)-3 blogYear of Mercy, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona (June 14, 2016) — Image by kenne

Chapel of the Holy Cross -- James (1 of 1) blogPhotographer, James, Captures the Moment at the Chapel of the Holy Cross (June 14, 2016) — Image by kenne

 

Two Nuns at The Chapel of The Holy Cross   2 comments

Chapel of the Holy Cross (1 of 1)-2 Two Nuns blogTwo Nuns Red Rock Formation at The Chapel of The Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona (June 14, 2016) — Image by kenne

Two Red Rock Nuns

Looking at the two red rock pillars
with shades of red forming lines
shaded by the late afternoon sun.

The hump-backed moon rises
over the nuns distorted faces —
smeared red lips not desiring.

Centuries of decay at their feet
delivered by tears of benevolence
a token of good will everlasting.

A sky so blue, not to be bought
by any painter at any human price —
isn’t that, after all, left to the gods.

— kenne

 

Thunder Mountain Panoramas   Leave a comment

Ballooms (1 of 1)-2 Thunder Mountain blogThunder Mountain, Sedona, Arizona (June 15, 2016) — Panorama by kenne

The story goes that Walt Disney, who once had a home in Sedona, was so inspired by the beauty of Thunder Mountain that it became a theme park concept — Big Thunder Mountain. Fact or fiction, Disney did spend time in Sedona and it’s easy to believe that such a creative person had to have been inspired by the Red Rock Country, therefore becoming an influence in a lot of his work.

While in Sedona recently, we went on a backcountry jeep tour taking us behind Thunder Mountain and one of the “fun facts” we were told was Disney and Thunder Mountain — what myths are made from.

— kenne

Thunder Mountain (1 of 1) blogThunder Mountain Panorama by kenne

Sedona Red Rock Country Panorama #3   Leave a comment

Mini Masa Vortex Sunrise (1 of 1) Panorama blogView South from Mini Masa Vortex at Sunrise (June 15, 2016) — Image by kenne

I am

earth blessed

feeling

the energy run

through

my very soul.

— kenne (5-7-5)

Sedona Vortex Morning   Leave a comment

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Sedona Vortex Morning (June 15, 2016) — Images by kenne

Birds singing

Sedona daylight

Coffee at Starbucks

On the path

Twisted juniper trees

Mini masa vortex

Feeling the energy

Intensifying the moment.

— kenne

 

 

Thistle Time Of Year   Leave a comment

thistle (1 of 1) blog.jpgThistle (Sabino Canyon, March 17, 2016) — Image by kenne

I like to think

a thistle is an educated weed

that likes growing

where people want something else.

— kenne

Milagrosa Loop Trail, December 4, 2015   1 comment

 

Milagrosa Loop Trail — Images by kenne
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The Old Swimmin’ Hole   2 comments

Art In The Canyon_20110414_1946 B-W II blogArtist Painting In The Canyon — Image by kenne

Oh! the old swimmin’-hole! whare the crick so still and deep

Looked like a baby-river that was laying half asleep,

And the gurgle of the worter round the drift jest below

Sounded like the laugh of something we onc’t ust to know

Before we could remember anything but the eyes

Of the angels lookin’ out as we left Paradise;

But the merry days of youth is beyond our controle,

And it’s hard to part ferever with the old swimmin’-hole.

— from “The Old Swimmin’ Hole” by James Whitcomb Wiley

Wild Mushrooms: Weird Is A Side Effect Of Awesome   3 comments

Mushrooms on Butterfly Trail (1 of 1)-3 art blogWild Mushrooms: Weird Is A Side Effect Of Awesome — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Hiking The Air Port Loop Trail, Sedona   Leave a comment

Hiking the Air Port Loop Trail, Sedona, Arizona — Images by kenne
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Notes On A Sedona Morning   4 comments

Sunrise (1 of 1) blogSedona Sunrise — Image by kenne

Notes On A Sedona Morning

After mornings of hiking,
sitting on the big rock summit–
sun in my face, I find myself
drinking coffee on the
Wildflower Bread Company patio
surrounded by red rock towers,
ants at my feet and
young women taking selfies.

I like solitude, but
sometimes 
it’s nice
to be alone in the
middle 
of humanity —
a prisoner of my condition.
Sorry, no pictures of food.
My cup of coffee
not worth posting.

Maybe the plus-size women
eating big puffy bread
potato-egg sandwiches
wouldn’t mind if I take a picture of
their breakfast, but
I’m not going to ask –
something tells me
they weren’t up at 5:00am hiking.

The conversation turned to
what to eat for lunch . . .

— kenne

Friendship   2 comments

Friendship (1 of 1) blog“Friendship” (Summit Rock, Sedona, Arizona) — Image by kenne

The only reason I don’t want to die is because

I would never see this country again.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

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