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Sabino Creek Has Two Ducks   Leave a comment

ducks-1253-72Sabino Creek Has Two Ducks — Image by kenne

Sabino creek has two ducks.

Winter rains and spring

Snowmelt on the mountains

Increasing the streamflow

Of a frequently dry creek

Attracting additional waterfowl.

— kenne

Sabino Creek, February 2020   1 comment

Sabino Creek-72Sabino Creek Below The Dam In Sabino Canyon — Image and video by kenne

Not Everything In The Sonoran Desert Has Thorns and Spins   Leave a comment

Star Fern & Ressurection Plant-72Star Ferns and Ressurection Plants On the Bluff Trail Above Sabino Creek — Image by kenne

Most people think of the desert as being a hot, dry and barren place which is totally inhospitable to the likes of ferns, mosses, and leafy plants.  Nonetheless, all the above-mentioned species thrive here in the Sonoran Desert. There are many varieties of ferns growing in the desert climate. The desert ferns are true xerophytes (a plant that has adaptations to survive in an environment with little liquid water, dry loving).  These ferns have evolved several strategies to thrive in our warm, dry climate here in the southwest.  They can shrivel and go dormant for many months, they begin life in rock fractures and other moist sheltered areas that provide a microclimate for early growth. Other characteristics of desert ferns are reduced surface area (small leaflets), leathery leaflets, thickened leaf margins, waxy, hairy or fuzzy coatings, and scales on stems. Does this sound like some of the water-saving adaptations of other desert plants?  You bet! We’ve heard about these adaptations for many other desert plants such as creosote, mesquite, ocotillo, Brittle Bush, so why not the ferns too? (Debbie Bird, Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist)

The plants at the top of the above image are Selaginella lepidophylla is a species of desert plant in the spikemoss family. Known as a “resurrection plant”, it is renowned for its ability to survive almost complete desiccation. During dry weather in its native habitat, its stems curl into a tight ball, uncurling only when exposed to moisture.

— kenne

Sabino Creek Art   Leave a comment

Sabino Creek-Edit-3-art-72Sabino Creek Art — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Sabino Creek

Spring brings the sound of

Water running in the creek

Deer walk to the edge.

— kenne

Moments Alone   Leave a comment

Romero Pools“Moments Alone” (Sabino Creek) — Image by kenne

Moments alone 

looking for answers

in deep caverns

of my soul,

only to see them

blurred by others

as water 

in the stream

of life

rushes by.

— kenne

Panning For Garnets   Leave a comment

Thursday Elementary January 24, 2019-11-Infrared-72Students Panning For Garnets In Sabino Creek — Infrared Image by kenne

One of the programs taught by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists to elementary
school children is geology called “Strike It Rich.” They learn how the Santa Catalina
Mountains were formed and the minerals contained in the “gneiss” rock.
The primary
activity is panning for garnets (sand rubies) in Sabino Creek.
The students uncovered the link between the towering granite cliffs
above the Tucson Basin and all that lies below.

— kenne

New Year At Sabino Creek Dam   1 comment

Sabino Dam Panorama-72

Sabino Creek is flowing in the new year due to some winter rains
and new snow melting in the mountains. — Images by kenne

 

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