Archive for the ‘Sabino Canyon Recreation Area’ Category

Queen Of The Night   6 comments

Night Blooming Cereus 020-1-72Night Blooming Cereus — Images by Phil Bentley

One of the strangest plants of the desert, the night-blooming cereus, is a member Night Blooming Cereus 030-2-72

of the cactus family that resembles nothing more than a dead bush most of the year.Night Blooming Cereus 031-3-72

 It is rarely seen in the wild because of its inconspicuousness. But for one midsummer’s night each year,Night Blooming Cereus 019-4-72

 its exquisitely scented flower opens as night falls, then closes forever with the first rays of the morning sun.
— Content Source: Desert USA

 

 

Learning About Rocks   5 comments

Wild for the Wilderness (1 of 1)-68-Girl-B&W-72Learning About Rocks — Image by kenne

 

Bird In The Tree   3 comments

Luke --2 framed painting“Bird In The Tree” (Phainopepla, Sabino Canyon) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Insight is not a light bulb that goes off inside our heads.

It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.

— Malcolm Gladwell

Art In The Canyon   Leave a comment

Art In The Canyon-B&W-72Art In The Canyon (Sabino Canyon) — Image by kenne

She rides the shuttle to Stop 8

Stepping off with her equipment

Setting up near the creekside

People relax in the spring sun

A perfect setting for the artists

One with a brush, one with a camera.

— kenne

 

 

Greater Roadrunner — Listen!   1 comment

Greater Roadrunner-Edit-1-art-Edit-1-72Greater Roadrunner Photo-Artistry by kenne

Listen!
The gravel verge bears a walker:
I hear chewing of shredded wheat.
Listen!
Birds call from dawn to sundown:
tedious mourning dove blues, 
cactus wren’s grinding starter,
darting quail high notes: Uh-huh-Uh huh,
Hey-you! alert – the thrasher arrives.
Listen!
Our homes hum tones tiny to tremendous; 
stretched and still in darkness,
I seek their source, finding some
in the pestling of brain, bones, molars.
Listen!
Attending too, to unfulfilled utterances:
hesitations, head dips, hand flutters,
the staccato of unsettled eyes and breath:
these voiceless notes of soul speak
of love or loss or the deep water strokes
of living without answers. 
Listen!
 
Listen! poem (c)2020 Deborah Chappa
(Used by Permission)

Sabino Canyon Panorama   2 comments

Sabino Canyon-Pano-72Sabino Canyon Panorama by kenne

One of the things I find myself doing during this pandemic is going through many thousands of photos. My hiking lately has not been in the Canyon, instead at much higher elevations. This image is one of my favorite views looking down through the Canyon.

— kenne

Closed   1 comment

Sabino Canyon (1 of 1)-20-Edit-1-B&W-72Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Main Entrance — Image by kenne

The Sabino Canyon Recreation Area has been closed since March 20th and will remain so till further notice.

A Majestic Saguaro In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

Phoneline 12-21-12A Majestic Saguaro On Photoline Trail, Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

A stately cactus

An august desert symbol

Loved by everyone.

— kenne

 

Saguaro Cactus — No Words Monday   1 comment

Saguaro Cactus-B&W-72Saguaro Cactus — B&W Image by kenne

 

Ed Rawl — A Celebration of Life   7 comments

Aspen Loop To Wilderness RocksEd Rawl On Wilderness Rocks Trail (June 29, 2012) — Image by kenne

On the morning of May 9, 2020 (6:00 am), we gathered with Ed’s brother, Rick, in the overflow parking lot for entrance into Sabino Canyon to celebrate Ed’s life. Ed died from a stroke on April 18, 2020. The is the third of three postings on Ed’s death:

https://kenneturner.com/2020/04/26/for-his-love-of-nature-ed-rawl-r-i-p/
https://kenneturner.com/2020/05/05/naturalist-ed-rawl-kind-words-for-a-very-special-man/

He had requested that his ashes be spread at a location where one could see both the sunrise and sunset. Because of the pandemic, the main entrance and services in Sabino Canyon were closed, which is why the event was scheduled to begin in the Sabino Canyon overflow parking lot.

After a few words from Rick, a group of about 20 hiked a short distance to a perfect location on the Esperero Trail. Several in the group shared their experiences with and love for Ed.

This video is meant to capture the essence of the celebration without making the video too long. Like his friends, Ed loved nature. It is therefore fitting that the point his ashes were being spread, a rabbit came into the picture, sitting there watching the ceremony.

— kenne

Video by kenne (May 10, 2020)

Adult Cooper’s Hawk   1 comment

Cooper's Hawk-72Adult Cooper’s Hawk In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

A medium-sized hawk with the classic accipiter shape: broad, rounded wings and a very long tail.
In Cooper’s Hawks, the head often appears large, the shoulders broad, and the tail rounded.

Mockingbird On Saguaro Blossom   1 comment

Mockingbird On Saguaro Blossom-72Mockingbird On Saguaro Blossom — Image by kenne

Behind every experience is a meaning — don’t miss it!

— kenne

Earless Lizard   2 comments

Lizard-72Earless Lizard — Image by kenne

 

Two Doves On A Limb   Leave a comment

Two Doves On A Limb-72-2Two Doves On A Limb — Image by kenne

Two doves on a limb

In a couscous state of being

Await their next move.

— 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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