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One Hell Of A Wind Storm Late Yesterday   4 comments

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Usually, this time of year, when the temperatures are over 100 degrees, we start getting some monsoon rains.
So, yesterday when the dark clouds began moving in we would get some rain, and we did.
But only after some strong winds, reminding us much of a coming hurricane on the gulf coast.
Usually, wind gust in the desert doesn’t blow off the green olives on our patio tree,
but they did yesterday.

Monsoom Storm-3-72As the front moved through, we started to get some rain.

Monsoom-4-72We received about one-quarter inch, the first rain in two months.

Monsoon Storm-5-72Images by kenne

Bighorn Fire Images — Marty Horowitz   2 comments

DSCN5396 edit big horn fire sabino smoke-72Bighorn Fire (Sabino Canyon Smoke) — Images by Marty Horowitz

 

Bighorn Fire Continues Burn In The Catalinas   1 comment

The Bighorn Fire began burning in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson on June 5th.

Bighorn Fire-07-18-20-2-72It has now burned over 32,000 acres and is only 40% contained.

Bighorn Fire-06-18-20-72Almost 1,000 personal with a lot of land and air support equipment continue to fight the fire.

Big Horn Fire-06-18-20-72Images were taken about three miles from the front ridge of the range.

Bighorn Fire-06-18-20-2-72Each image was captured at various times on June 18th.

Bighorn Fire-06-18-20-3-72Images by kenne

The Bighorn Fire Intensifies Over Night   6 comments

Bighorn Fire-Sunset-06-09-20-1-72Late Wednesday, June 10th. Most of the smoke is from upper Pima Canyon, Finger Rock and Mt. Kimball. 

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-9-72Around 6:00 am Thursday, June 11th. The smoke has settled in over
the Catalina Mountains and beginning to move down into the Tucson basin.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-10-72The smell from the fire is very noticeable as I leave for my
morning walk in the neighborhood.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-5-72I’m now at the back of Tanuri Ridge as more of the smoke appears
to be leaving the mountains spreading over the Catalina Foothills.
I’m beginning to think I should have warned a facemask.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-6-72Now at the entrance of Tanuri Ridge and you can bearly make out
the mountains.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-7-72I used a Photoshop Dehaze filter on some of these images so in reality,
there was much more smoke and haze.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-8-72Tanuri Drive

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-72As I continued my walk, the parts of the fire appeared to be
backtracking to the west.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-2-72There’s very little wind this morning, so a lot of the news smoke
coming from downdrafts through where rain would typically
flow off the mountains.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-3-72A big plum of smoke coming from the Finger Rock area.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-4-72It is now around 8:00 am. 

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-11-72It is now around 10:30 am. The fire is now about a mile west of
Pima Canyon trailhead. (Because of my distance from the
mountains, I’m making an educated guess.)

The following copy is from Haidi Chewel, with the National Forest Service.

Bighorn Fire – June 11th, 2020 Morning Update

Pima County Sheriff’s Department issues “SET” notice

Acres: 4,769 Percent Containment: 10%

Start Date: June 5th, 2020 Cause: Lightning

Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains

Jurisdiction: Coronado National Forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness

Personnel: 391

Resources: 6 hotshot crews, 3 Type 2 hand crews, 7 Type 3 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 7 Type 6 engines, 4 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 2 Type 3 helicopter, 10 water tenders

The Bighorn Fire remained active overnight, with flames being pushed downhill by downslope winds. Temperatures up to 106 degrees today and continued low humidity will increase fire activity. The fire will again be highly visible on the front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Crews will work to hold the fire perimeter and continue building fire lines, tying into control features such as roads and rock outcroppings. Additional aerial resources will support the crews on the ground with water and retardant drops.

Over the next several days’ communities can expect to see crews and apparatus working in an around subdivisions in the Catalina Foothills. Members of the public are advised to drive with caution and leave roadways clear for emergency vehicles and equipment to pass.

 

 

 

Bighorn Fire Photos, June 9, 2020   1 comment

 

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Bighorn Fire-11-06-09-20-72Bighorn Wildfire In the Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Mountains (June 9, 2020) — Images by kenne

The bighorn wildfire that was lightning-caused June 5, 2020, has now entered the upper elevation of Pima Cayon in the
Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The fire has now burned 3,277 acres. At various times, depending on wind conditions,
the mountains
and foothills are covered with a haze of smoke. — kenne

Prickly Pear Blossoms — Photo Essay   1 comment

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Prickly Pear Blossoms (May 2020) — Photo Essay by kenne

Molino Basin Flowers   1 comment

Yucca Blossom-72Yucca Blossom in Molino Basin (April 24, 2020) — Photo Essay by kenne

 

 

Holding the hope of morning
I walk down the Arizona trail

mission to photograph flowers
in the dry cool mountain air

looking for objects I do not have
nurtured in the space of time.

Now in late April mountain flowers
take on a long life brought about by

elevation changes and summer rains
pushing flowers into warped time.

— kenne

A Palo Verde Spring — Photo Essay   3 comments

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Tanuri Ridge Morning Walk — Images by kenne

Arizona Trail on Horseback   2 comments

Arizona Trail on Horseback-8-Edit-1-art-72Arizona Trail on Horseback — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Recently I spent some time photographing wildflowers in the Molino Basin. One of the trails through the campgrounds is part of the Arizona Trail. When I arrived, there was a horse trailer with three horses and four guys saddling-up the horses. Since I was there to photograph wildflowers, I started hiking the trail.  About the time I reach a section of the basin that had experienced a wildfire a couple of years ago, I looked back and so two riders with a packhorse. Of course, I had to take a few photos, and at the first opportunity, I asked how far they were going. They had begun a three-day, two-night ride to a ranch just outside Oracle, Arizona, which was on the northside of the Santa Catalina Mountains. I wished the well and continued photographing wildflowers.

— kenne

Images by kenne

 

Thistles In Molino Basin   Leave a comment

Thistles-72Thistles — Images by kenne

It’s the time of year to start doing nature walks and hikes at higher elevations, so last week
I went to Molino Basin at 5,000 feet. A lot of wildflowers including more thistles than I’ve ever seen.

— kenne

 

 

 

A Young Visitor On Our Patio   9 comments

Cooper's Hawk-0-72A Visitor On The Patio (Immature Cooper’s Hawk) — Images by kenne

This immature Cooper’s Hawk perched on one of our patio chairs not far from the bird feeder frequented by doves for about one minute this morning. A mature hawk would have been up in the olive tree near the feeder. Even then, that doesn’t work as well as swooping from over the rooftop. They will learn. These images were taken through the patio door, which given the time of day the doors become a mirror.

— kenne

 

 

For His Love Of Nature — Ed Rawl, R.I.P.   7 comments

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Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN), Ed Rawl, died April 18, 2020. Ed loved everything about being out in nature and teaching his love of nature to children. He completed the SCVN training program in 2010, one year before I did. During my, training Ed was one of the naturalists I spent time observing. He was a factor in my choosing to teach on Thursdays in the elementary program.

SCVN Thursdays-Ed Rawl-03-03-16.-72Ed Rawl; Thursday Elementary School Program (3/3/16)

Ed taught on Thursdays from January 2010 to January 2019. He loved being with the kids and remained active in the program until a series of health issues began to take a toll on him.

Ed Rawl-72Ed Rawl (January 10, 2019)

Ed was the Thursday Day Coordinator in December 2014 when Alexa Von Bieberstein, who had been an SCVN member since 2007, was returning to Germany.

 

When I was Vice President of Public Interpretation, I called on Ed several times to help guide groups of hikers.

ASHA Group (1 of 1)-72Dan Granger and Ed Rawl with Members of the American Senior Housing Association (11/07/14)

Ed-Appalachian Mountain Club-72Ed Rawl Guiding Some of the Appalachian Mountains Club Members to Hutch’s Pool (04/08/14)

Marshall Gulch #3SCVN Friday Hikes with Ann Nierenberg, Ed Rawl, Dan Granger and Tim Ralph (6/22/12)

Ed loved hiking in the Santa Catalina Mountains and was an active guide in the SCVN Friday Hikes.

Ed & JanOct 2013-8237-72Ed Rawl and Naturalist Jan Labiner Hiking to Seven Falls (10/17/2013) 

When not doing the regular SCVN Friday hikes, he would hike with friends, or often alone.

Thimble Peak-8672-2-Tim, Ed, Phil, ALexa-72Hiking to Thimble Peak — Naturalists Tim Ralph, Ed Rawl, Phil Bentley, and Alexa Von Bieberstein at the Gorden Hirabayashi Campground (11/07/13)

One of the most memorable experiences came in November of 2013 when Tim Ralph, Ed Rawl, Alexa Von Bieberstein, Phil Bentley, and myself hiked to Thimble Peak. On a windy and chilly morning, we began our hike out of the Gorden Hirabayashi Campground

Thimble Peak-8684-2-Tim, Ed, Alaxa & Phil-72 Tim Ralph, Ed Rawl, Alexa Von Bieberstein, and Phil Bentley (11/07/13)

 

 

 

 

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