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Nothing Gold Can Stay   1 comment

Golden Columbine WildflowerGolden Columbine — Image by kenne

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down today.

Nothing gold can stay.

— Robert Frost

 

 

Bougainvillea & Sunsets December 2012Sunset — Image by kenne

 

A Recent Drive Up The Catalina Highway To Ski Valley   3 comments

Yesterday (08/05/20), I drove up the Catalina Highway to Mt. Lemmon. The highway was opened to the general public last Saturday morning for the first time since the Bighorn Fire began in early June. The mountain town of Summerheaven, successfully protected from the fire, is now open for business, although still having to follow HOVID-19 business regulations in Arizona.

Oricle Ridge-72Oracle Ridge and Mt. Lemmon Fire Station

Before entering Summerheaven, there are two ridges going north; Red Ridge and Oracle Ridge. Both ridges were severely burned during the 2003 Aspen Fire that destroyed almost all the homes in Summerheaven. Over the years since the Aspen Fire, the forest canopy has still not returned on these ridges. However, a lot of ground cover containing some bushes and small trees had returned. On June 17th, the two ridges were again burned. On June 19th, I posted two time-delay videos of the fire coming through the area pictured in the above photo. The fire station and most of the pines behind it were spared — not true of the storage building and new growth since the 2003 fire. It has now been 50 days since the fire occurred. Note how green the scared area has become with the return of ferns on the mountain slopes.

Except for the highway and Summerheaven, the public is not allowed to go anywhere in the National Forest. From what I was able to observe from the highway, most of the hiking trails with trailheads near the highway are ok, at least partially. Parts of Lower Butterfly Trail and Green Mountain Trail don’t look good from a distance.

My guess is that the trails in the forest around Summerheaven were burned like the two ridges north of Summerheaven. From a review of burn scar maps, the Marshall Gulch area to the north and west, which would include Carter Canyon, has been badly burned. For those of you who hike this area, It’s possible a lot of the Marshall and Mint Springs trails were destroyed. We may not know until November.

Since Sabino Creek originates along the Marshall Gulch Trail, the monsoon rains can result in a lot of potential flash flooding coming down through Sabino Canyon. So far, the rain amounts are very below average, but we are still in the monsoon season.

— kenne

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Images Taken From Catalina Highway by kenne

 

Rose Canyon Lake On Mt. Lemmon   Leave a comment

Rose Lake August 2012Rose Canyon Lake On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize.
If you go off into a far, far forest
and get very quiet,
you’ll come to understand that
you’re connected with everything.”

 – Alan Watts

Distorting Reality   1 comment

SCVN Nature Walk 08-08-12Computer Art by kenne

Captured,
what is real
in the mind’s eye.

Distorted,
to better catch
another’s eye.

Created,
a new reality
brought forth.

Changed,
no longer just a
pretty photograph.

— kenne

Arizona Fleabane Wildflowers   Leave a comment

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Arizona fleabane-1292 blogArizona Fleabane — Images by kenne

 

Morning Walk   1 comment

SCVN Nature Walk 08-08-12Western Sneezeweed and Honey Bee on Mt. Lemmon — Computer Art by kenne

Morning Walk

The morning air is dry

the sky is blue

a perfect time, thereby,

for a walk with you.

— kenne

My Lady   2 comments

SCVN Weds Walk 08-01-12“My Lady” — Computer Art by kenne

“I have one major rule: Everybody is right. More specifically,
everybody — including me — has some important pieces of truth,
and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished,
and included in a more gracious, spacious,
and compassionate embrace.”

― Ken Wilber

 

Ladybug Party Time   3 comments

SCVN Weds Walk 08-01-12“It’s Ladybug Party Time” — Image by kenne

Ladybug party.

The host plant appears to move.

Can you count them all?

— kenne

Western Sneezeweed   2 comments

Mt Lemmon Wildflower (1 of 1)-2 blogWestern Sneezeweed (Mt. Lemmon, June 3, 2016)– Image by kenne

The above wildflower was difficult to recognize this time of year, being early June vs. late August on Mt. Lemmon. But with the help of some of my naturalists friends the mystery plant is western sneezeweed, of which I have posted several times. 

butterfly-collage-blogWestern Sneezeweed with Painted Lady Butterfly Collage (Mt. Lemmon, August 31, 2012) — Image by kenne

Variation On A Theme   Leave a comment

Yellow Flowers (1 of 1)Abstract grunge blog“Variation On A Theme” — Grunge Art by kenne
Another version was first posted August 25, 2015.

“It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it.”

— from Pirkei Avot

A Brief Conversation On The Trail   1 comment

SCVN June 19 Hiking (1 of 1) blog IIDave, Elisabeth and Phil on Mt. Lemmon Trail. — Computer Art by kenne

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