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Lemmon’s Ragwort   Leave a comment

Lemmon's RagwortWildflowers (1 of 1) blog IILemmon’s Ragwort — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Lemmon’s Ragwort
relatively rare plant
in the United States
found only in
southern parts
of Arizona.

— kenne

Bluff Trail In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Bluff Train Overlooking Sabino Creek-72-2.jpgSpringtime On The Bluff Trail In Sabino Canyon — Panorama by kenne

The universe is changing, and

we are part of the transformation.

— kenne

Hiking To The Top   3 comments

kenne-art-blogPhoto-Artistry by kenne

would love to feel
old abilities
coming on strong
weaken more by age

still trying
to spread
my wings
mountains on the left
mountains on the right

reaching deep inside
opening those
old doors
releasing those
old strengths

I can climb
I know I can
I can climb
to the top

in search
of those old feelings
now only in my dreams
trying to deal with
too much stuff

still can’t get enough
keep on climbing
sucking more air
a whole lot of air

I can climb
I know I can
mountains on the left
mountains on the right
still, miles to go

one switchback at a time
posing
for the fleet of foot
and young at heart

as I catch my breath
I can climb
I know I can
under indigo skies
mountains to climb
following old images

painted with the
brush of experience
sometimes I get lost
in a lapse of time
lapse into a blur

this time around
as I near the top
looking out over
my imagination

life is more
dramatic

extreme
highs and lows

time to rest
slowed by the winds
blowing dust, when
suddenly the winds stop

all the windmills stop
a vision of death
where are the desires?
where are the myths?
where are the models?

I’m at the top
the view is exciting —
true excitement
comes only
from being there.

–kenne

King Canyon Trail To Wasson Peak, Revisited   1 comment

A couple of weeks ago some of us did our annual King Canyon trail hike to observe the wildflowers, which in the past was part of our hike on up to Wasson Peak. However, this year the plan was not to go all the way to the Peak. I hate to admit it, but time is beginning to catch up with us. So, the best I can do is to revisit a posting from six years ago. My days of cheating time might be running out.

— kenne

King Canyon To Wasson Peak

Kings Canyon Trail — Images by kenne

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Wildflower Slideshow by kenne

King Canyon To Wasson Peak

Panorama of Wasson Peak Near The Top

SCVN guided hike to Wasson Peak via Kings Canyon trail, which is about a seven mile (roundtrip) hike and elevation gain of 1,900 ft.
Some of our hikers made only the Kings Canyon trail to the first saddle since we were experiencing unusually warm record-setting temperatures (the mid-90’s).

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people
are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home;
that wilderness is a necessity…”
― John Muir

Phacelia crenulata Sonoran Desert Wildflower   3 comments

Phacelia crenulata--Phacelia crenulata-72Phacelia crenulata Sonoran Desert Wildflower (March 15, 2019) — Image by kenne

The Phacelia crenulata is one of many very small (1/2 inch wide and have 5 round lobes) wildflowers that are common across the Sonoran Desert on rocky slopes and near washes. This image was taken along the Sweetwater trail in the Tucson Mountains, west of Tucson.

— kenne

Top of Wasson Peak   2 comments

Top of Wasson Peak (1 of 1) blogTop of Wasson Peak In the Tucson Mountains — Image by kenne

Top of the mountain

My celebration of spring

The body renewed.

— kenne

Desert Mariposa Lily   Leave a comment

desert mariposa lily (1 of 1)-4-72Desert Mariposa Lily with two Gold Poppies — Images by kenne

This is the time of year for some outstanding wildflower displays in the Tucson area, and we are having a banner year. The desert is quick to display its beauty after abundant rains we have experienced this winter.

— kenne

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