Archive for the ‘Photographic Essay’ Category

Parks Are Closed, But Not The Circle   2 comments

The Circle-72Country Club Vista Circle In Tanuri Ridge — Image by kenne

Most of the residence of Tanuri Ridge are empty-nesters or retirees, However, there’s a couple in our neighborhood with two preschoolers. We are all part of our “stay-at-home” world, and the children have no idea as to what is going on. Yes, they know there’s no going daycare, no going to the park, no swimming at our community pool (their parents are former U of A swimmers, now working in the Athletic Department), and that mom and dad are at home all the time. They will grow up in a world utterly different from that that we have known. They will only know the 21st century, hopefully learning from the 20th.

 

Each day we see the two children, once on our walk, the other when their parents bring them to play on the grass on Country Club Vista Circle. For a lot of us, our real education was from the street. Well, these kids are literally learning from the street. They live at the end of Tanuri Drive, so there’s no traffic in front of their home, making the pavement a perfect place to have a classroom.

With area parks closed, once or twice a day, the family has play-time on the grassy circle, often arriving pulling the kids in a wagon. (The live about 3/4 of a mile from the circle.) This family is fortunate. It has resources making adjustments easy.

The children Joy teaches reading (Literacy Connects) are not so lucky. They are probably in the streets because their home, maybe that of a diabetic grandmother, is no place to stay for long periods. The children and adults that Literacy Connects serve will suffer the most and may never completely recover from the effects of this pandemic, even if they stay healthy.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

— kenne

Hiking Ventana Canyon — December 13, 2019   3 comments

Ventana Canyon-8-72Hiking Ventana Canyon — December 13, 2019 — Photo-Essay by Kenne

Ventana Canyon is one of several narrow canyons in the southern front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona. This hike is usually scheduled each fall and spring by the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists, which involves crossing water over a dozen times.

— kenne

 

Sabino Canyon Friday Hike   3 comments

Up until the day before the Hutch’s Pool hike,

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He wasn’t sure he was going to do this SCVN Friday Hike.
It had been two years since he last hiked to Hutch’s Pool,
a combined eight miles up and back.

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This eight-mile hike usually starts at Stop 9 on the Shuttle route,
So hiking would provide his first opportunity to ride the new all-electric Suttle.

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Here the Sabino Canyon Trail intersects with the Phoneline Trail.

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The Sabino Canyon Trail winds along the east canyon ridge before 

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Opening into beautiful views of the upper canyon.

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Although it was a great day for a hike to Hutch’s Pool, he began to fall behind the hiking group.

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Frustrated by reoccurring joint issues, he decided to turn his back on the upper canyon,
starting the hike back to Shuttle Stop 9, then walking the remaining four miles on the Shuttle Road back to the Visitors Center. 

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In the end, he still did a combined hike/walk over eight miles on a beautiful sunny day in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

— kenne

Inn Of The Mountain Gods   2 comments

Last week we spent a couple of days in the Mescalero and Ruidoso, NM area.
While there we stayed at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino,
which is owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe.

Inn of The Mountain Gods-8-72The Mescalero Apache’s, Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero, NM — Photo Essay by kenne

(Click on any of the images to see in a slideshow format.)

The is one God
looking down on us all.
We are all the children
of one God.
The sun, the darkness,
The winds are all
listening to what we
have to say.

— Geronimo

SCVN Elementary Program — Photo-Essay   Leave a comment

Thursday Elementary-72Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) Photo-Essay
— Images by kenne

In every walk with nature
one receives far more than he seeks.

— John Muir

Saguaros On The Comeback Trail   1 comment

In September of 2011, I titled a post “Why Would Anyone Do This?” There were several Saguaro cactus that were vandalized on the Bear Canyon Trail in Sabino Canyon.

In August of 2015, I posted a follow-up photo-essay on the damaged cactus.

Recently I photograph the cactus that were damaged, again.

When I talk
about Sabino Canyon
I mean myself,
my home,
my state of mind.
Some don’t get what I say,
maybe it’s because
we don’t talk the same language.
All I can say to those I meet:
“Try and make it to Sabino Canyon.”

— kenne

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Mission San Xavier del Bac   1 comment

Ken & Mary Visit -- Mission-72Mission San Xavier del Bac — Image by kenne

Our good friends Ken and Mary Harris, from Porter, Texas have been our guest since Thursday,
which means we have an excuse to visit some of our favorite place in southern Arizona.
Above, Joy and Mary are standing on the walk in front of the Mission San Xavier del Bac.

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Ken & Mary Visit -- Mission-6-72.jpgImages by kenne

 

 

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