Archive for the ‘Sabino Canyon Recreation Area’ Category

Looking Back To Early Spring   Leave a comment

Bee and Crab Spider (Photo Bomber) on Brittlebush Blossoms — Image by kenne

Don’t call me a photo bomber

I was here before the bee flew

into the field of view.

— kenne

Greater Roadrunner On Nest   1 comment

Greater Roadrunner Setting On Nest In Sabino Canyon A very carefully crafted nest inside a cholla cactus, providing excellent protection.
— Image by kenne

Roadrunners have elaborate mating rituals and may mate for life. Their courtship begins with the male chasing
the female on foot. Like other bird species, the male tries to woo the female with food, often bringing her a lizard in his beak.
Both males and females try to attract each other with offerings of sticks or grass. The male wags its tail and leaps
into the air to get attention.

Once a pair mates, they stay together to defend their territory all year. Most pairs raise the young together,
taking turns to protect the hatchlings and procuring food.

Painted Lady Butterfly   Leave a comment

Painted Lady Butterfly — Image by kenne

Even More Than Hope: Painted Lady Butterflies

Like spirits, they will dart across our path
in drifts, and zig-zag past our cheeks and hands
just out of reach, and whirling toward a land
far north of us, by predetermined math.

It seems a miracle, winged migration—
almost as hard to fathom as moon flight.
What tiny compass guides them day and night
in rivers of raw determination?

Their journey symbolizes more than hope:
They breathe into each moment the belief
that happiness as real and bright as wings
is just ahead … and therefore we can cope,

and fill heavy hearts with newfound lightness,
and bathe a moment more in their brightness.

— Sally Sandler

Rancho Fundoshi Above Bear Canyon Creek   Leave a comment

Rancho Fundoshi Above Bear Canyon Creek — Images by kenne

“Where I was born and where and
how I have lived is unimportant.
It is what I have done with where I
have been that should be of interest.”

— Georgia O’Keeffe

In Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, if you hike to Seven Falls, you walk the Bear Canyon road to Bear Canyon trail,
which crosses the Bear Canyon creek seven times. South of the trailhead sets a house on a cliff above the creek
outside the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Since 2010, I have hiked to Seven Falls several times and may
have noticed the house but was more focused on the hike. 

Yesterday, a group of us older, now slow hikers hiked the newly paved Bear Canyon road to the Bear Canyon trailhead,
taking a trail south to get a better view of the house on the cliff, where I took a few images of the house.
After discussing the possible owners, I decided to do a Google search once I got home. I first did a drag & drop
in Google Images with no match. So, started a Google search using a few descriptors. I learned that
about 65 years ago, Jack Segurson, a local high school wrestling, and swimming coach and teacher from the 1950s
into the late 1980s, bought the 151-acre property that he lived on, cherished, and mold into a
naturalist’s paradise — it became become his legacy. 

Segurson died at age 90 in 2011, and soon afterward, an appraiser valued his land at $3.9 million.
He left the property to The Nature Conservancy with restrictions that it never be sold or developed.
The Nature Conservancy donated the property, which Segurson named “Rancho Fundoshi,” a fundoshi
is a Sumo wrestler’s loincloth to Pima County. The Pima County Regional Flood Control District
manages the property as open space and owns and manages other lands along Bear Canyon
and Sabino Canyon as part of its riparian habitat and upper watershed preservation program.

— kenne

Trailing Windmills Wildflowers   Leave a comment

Trailing Windmills — Image by kenne

The orchid-colored trailing windmills is a vine that grows along the ground; the plant may be 10 feet across.
The stems, leaves, and buds are covered with soft white hair. The stems and flowers are sticky, and one rarely finds
a flower without grains of sand stuck on the upper surface. Technically, what appears to be 1 flower is a cluster
of 3 resembling a single radially symmetrical flower but no one but a trained botanist would ever guess it.
— Source: wildflower.org

Phainopepla   1 comment

Female Phainopepla In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

“The meaning of life is just to be alive.
It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.
And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic
as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

― Alan Wilson Watts

Gila Monster   Leave a comment

Gila Monster — Image by kenne

The Gila monster is a species of venomous lizard native to the Southwestern United States
and the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora.

trespasser

I walk, head down, careful footing as I
study the terrain, the way the shadow
from the mountains cover the valley floor

the dry wash beds, marked with
wildlife tracks, deep and desiccated
no monsoon to wash them away

no relief, no rain to fill these
empty washes, to water this
wilderness that lies dry, parched

the cloudless sky above hides nothing
except for the desert creatures
absent in the heat of the day

as I retrace my path, I step around a gila monster
sunning himself on a rock, his rock
reminding me where I am I am

a trespasser; this is all their’s
and their tracks and presence remind me
step carefully, move slowly, retreat

Jo Bien

Brittlebush Blooming Along the 7 Falls Trail   1 comment

Brittlebush Blooming Along the 7 Falls Trail In Sabino Canyon (03/20/15)– Image by kenne

Brittlebush blooming
Yellow, the color of spring
Brightens the desert.

— kenne

 

Spring Break At Seven Falls   Leave a comment

Spring Break At Seven Falls in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area — HDR Image by kenne

May my feet always touch the earth

Stretching from the desert to the mountains

While I’m still able to hike on the rocks

Made by fire and time.

— kenne

 

Desert Cottontail In The Brush   Leave a comment

Desert Cottontail Sylvilagus auduboni (Sabino Canyon Recreational Area) — Image by kenne

The desert portion of their common name arises from their distribution across the arid lands of the
American Southwest and Plains states. “Auduboni” honors John James Audubon,
the famous bird painter and naturalist. 

WHAT?   Leave a comment

Barefoot Photographer Near Sabino Creek (October 13, 2010) 

WHAT?

A hiking break
Socks and boots off
Feet in the stream
What?

Camera in hand
Capturing the moment
Kids jumping in the water
What?

A place in nature
People love to visit
Sharing the experience
What?

Barefoot kids running
Mothers watching 
With the back of their eyes
What?

Spring’s last whispers
In summer’s tongue
Talking to the kids
What?

A pond in a stream
Recognizes flamboyance
In 1000 little mirrors
What?

Don’t give up on nature
Forever and never
Every whim of my will
What?

Sounds of running water
Have spiritual overtones
Calming my mind
What?

— kenne

Back-Tailed Gnatcatcher   Leave a comment

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Black-tailed gnatcatchers are found throughout Mexico and the southwest United States in North America.
These birds inhabit the Sonoran desert, which covers California and Arizona in the United States. Their range also
extends to the northwestern part of Mexico. Their range is found in the Chihuahuan desert which covers the western part
of Texas, the southeastern part of Arizona, and extends to the northern and central part of the Mexican plateau,
in the range of the Sonoran desert in the west. Migration is not seen in these birds during the winter season. Source: kidadl.com

 

Cockleburs — Nature’s Hitchhiker & Nature’s Nature’s Velcro®   Leave a comment

Cockleburs — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Sabino Canyon has lots of cockleburs. Each cocklebur contains two seeds. We enjoy taking children on hikes talking about plants and animals as a naturalists. However, most of the children have never seen a cocklebur, so when you try to place one on a child’s shirt, they back off. Let’s face it; the prickly seedpods don’t look all that friendly. However, when we put one on your own shirt and show them how nature’s Velcro® works, they quickly put the seedpods into practice placing them on one another shirts.

— kenne

Northern Mockingbird In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Northern Mockingbird In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs,
they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

— from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Death In The Canyon   Leave a comment

Dead Saguaro In Sabino Canyon (January 15, 2014) — Image by kenne

The skin is the first to go
in the beginning protected 
from the sun by a nurse tree.

This symbol of the Sonoran Desert
so slow to grow in the beginning
going unnosed for years
in the shadows of the nurse tree.

We teach children about this icon
by having the guess the age
of a saguago based on its heigh.

— kenne

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