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Water Hyacinth — World’s Worst Aquatic Plant   3 comments

The Invasive Water Hyacinth Blooming on Lake Houston — Images by kenne

These beautiful blossoms photographed near the water’s edge on Lake Houston belong to the water hyacinth, one of the most productive plants on earth and is considered the world’s worst aquatic plant. By forming a dense floating mat on the water surface, they interfere with navigation, recreation, irrigation, and power generation impeding water flow, creating good breeding conditions for mosquitoes.. These thick mats create low oxygen conditions beneath the water surface excluding native submersed and floating-leaved plants.  Water hyacinths can become a severe environmental and economic problem for gulf coast states and in many other areas of the world with a sub-tropical or tropical climate, rapidly spreading throughout inland and coastal freshwater bays, lakes, and marshes. 

kenne

Capturing The Moment. . . For Now   Leave a comment

Thanksgiving 2012 OceansideCapturing the Moment. . . For Now — Computer art by kenne

All bubbles will burst
Fear as to when
Creating a bubble for now.

Yesterday has gone
Greed wears the 
mask of reality.

Tomorrow arrived
A day too early for most —
It is better now.

A new adventure
Following the pendulum —
Soon gone for now.

Returning in time
With new values 
replacing the old.

In a new harmony
Swinging to-and-fro —
A fix for now.

kenne

Cartoon de jour — “IT IS HARD WALKIN’ ON THIS STUFF” Revisited   3 comments

kelly_pogo_earthday IISource: Google.com

Walt Kelly’s message, “We have met the enemy and he is us,” which he effectively communicated through Pogo, is a firm but gentle approach at telling the truth. Yet, we are still living in an economic, environmental and moral “garbage dump” now over forty years after Porky and Pogo first looked over their trash filled swamp. Where are the all-wise Pogos’ of the world when we need them?

“YEP, SON, WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US.”

kenne

View From The Box Camp Trail On Mt. Lemmon   4 comments

Box Camp Trail 06-28-13View of Tucson from the Box Camp Trail on Mt. Lemmon (Click here to see more hiking the Box Camp Trail photos.)  — Images by kenne

Box Springs Trail

The ground we walk on,
the plants and creatures,
the clouds above
constantly dissolving
into new formations –
each gift of nature
possessing its own
radiant energy,
bound together by
cosmic harmony.

— Ruth Bernhard

Hiking To Higher Elevations Above Rose Canyon Lake   2 comments


Rose Lake July 2013

The Monday Morning Milers (MMM) are a mix-age group with a variety of hiking skills, ages spanning over 50 years. On this morning, Jim, Kristin, Tom and myself took a more challenging route from the other MMM hikers. They stayed on the canyon path out to a lower vista, we set out to climb the high ridge above the canyon. Here Tom is trying to decide whether the way Kristin and Jim are going is the best way when there’s not good trail. Since there’s not much of a trail, we set out bushwhacking our way to the top of the ridge above Rose Canyon. Most of this area was in the Aspen Fire ten years ago and is now covered with bushes with lots of thorns.

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Most of the MMM hikers took the trail that runs between Rose Canyon and the Catalina Highway up from Windy Point. Jim, Kristin, Tom and I bushwhacked up the higher ridge above the canyon, which is where most of the images in the above slideshow were taken. Our return to Rose Canyon Lake was more difficult than the climb up. The four of us spread out trying to find the best path back. In doing so, I headed more down into the canyon, separating me from the others. Rather than heading back toward them, I kept going down into the canyon with the objective up climbing up to the trail the others took to the vista. Once reaching the trail, I was on track back to the lake where Kristin, Tom and Jim were waiting. (You can click on any of the images to stop the slideshow, then click to advance.) — Images by kenne

kenne

Understanding Global Warming   2 comments

dubai-aerial-anthropocene-615National Geographic “Age of Man” March 2011

Insolation Controls in the Age of Anthropocene
(Understanding Global Warming)

Anthropocene
newly coined term
a human condition
questioned by
the extreme right
argued as
alignment of
insolations
maxima and minima
questioning the new
condition
of our condition

kenne

Water in the Anthropocene from WelcomeAnthropocene on Vimeo.

Money And Water, Keys To The Old West   Leave a comment

Christmas 2012

Safe & Well Pump — Image by kenne

In the old west,

Power was obtained

With money and water —

Not unlike today.

kenne

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