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7 Falls Trail   Leave a comment

7 Falls Trail In Bear Canyon (03-20-15) — Image by kenne

After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.

 
— G.M. Trevelyan

Lily Of The Desert   1 comment

Mariposa Lily — Image by kenne

I cherish the solitude

of walking alone in nature —

no feelings of loneness

where everything around

me is alive and alert

to my presence

a spirit of closeness

and unity serving

in ecstatic integration.

— kenne

King Canyon Trail Panorama   Leave a comment

King Canyon Trail Panorama by kenne

“I don’t see the desert as barren at all;
I see it as full and ripe.
It doesn’t need to be flattered with rain.
It certainly needs rain,
but it does with what it has,
and creates amazing beauty.”

— Joy Harjo

Posted March 23, 2021 by kenneturner in Arizona, Hiking, Information, Panorama, Photography

A Springtime That Was Not In Desert   Leave a comment

Sutherland Trail (March 27, 2015)– Image by kenne

Springtime in the desert —

What’s not to love

when the flowers

are blooming!

The continuing drought

in the southwest

has devastated

this spring’s growth.

— kenne

Hiking The Douglas Springs Trail   1 comment

Douglas Springs Trail in the Rincon Mountains — Image by kenne

You tasted it.
Isn’t that enough?
Of what do you ever
get more than a taste?
That’s all we’re given in life,
that’s all we’re given of life.
A taste.
There is no more.

—  Philip Roth

Bear Canyon   Leave a comment

Bear Canyon — Image by kenne

Bear Canyon trail 
a scenic hike
to seven falls
a favorite spring
hiking destination.

— kenne

Fountain Grass   Leave a comment

Fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum) In Sabino Canyon Recreation Area — Image by kenne

Fountain Grass is a perennial bunchgrass with attractive purple or green flowers. It is an ornamental plant that is still sold in nurseries. Although some nursery varieties are considered “sterile,” no varieties are recommended for planting and landscaping. Fountain grass is a close relative of buffelgrass, the most problematic invasive species in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Fountain grass is present in much of the western United States and is a big problem invasive species in Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and California. 

Fountain grass is a native of Africa. Fountain grass seed was first available in the US around 1880and has been cultivated as an ornamental plant in Tucson since 1940. Records document that fountain grass began establishing itself in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson as early as 1946. 

Fountain grass can form dense stands with several undesirable effects. It provides a large amount of fuel for hot fires that can destroy native plants and animals. It displaces native grasses, blocks the natural flow of water in washes, and alters animals’ habitat, particularly frogs and toads that are sensitive to such changes. Source: National Park Service

The Trail Ahead   2 comments

The Trail Ahead — Photo-Artistry by kenne

What path will you take?
I wonder.
Was it over yonder?
Just maybe
It was over there.
Who knows?
You wonder — 
Here, there,
Everywhere.

— kenne

 

Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail   2 comments

De Anza Trail In Southern Arizona Near Tubac, Arizona — Image by kenne

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible.
To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple,
obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”

— Thomas Moore

Happy Valley Saddle   Leave a comment

Hidden Pasture Trail In The Rincon Mountains — Panorama by kenne

Hidden Pasture Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located off of Mescal Road
on the eastern side of the Rincon Mountains in the Little Rincons.
Hiking to Hidden Pasture provides great Rincon Peak vistas to the west.

— kenne

I’ll Take A Saguaro On The Rocks   3 comments

“I’ll Take A Saguaro On The Rocks” — Image by kenne

 

Deer In Madera Canyon   1 comment

Deer In Madera Canyon — Image by kenne

the young buck stares back

as I point my camera

in his direction

— kenne

Wilderness of Rocks Trail   3 comments

Wilderness of Rocks Trail In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

“One recognizes one’s course by discovering the paths that stray from it.”

– Albert Camus

 

Half Moon Art   Leave a comment

Near Hutch’s Pool in the Santa Catalina Mountains (11/18/11) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

For what is the moon, that it haunts us,
this impudent companion immigrated
from the system’s less fortunate margins,
the realm of dust collected in orbs?

— from the poem Half Moon, Small Cloud by John Updike

The Sky Above, The Earth Below   1 comment

View Above Hutch’s Pool In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

“In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant,
it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches,
and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.”

— John P. Milton

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