Archive for the ‘Santa Catalina Mountains’ Category

Early Blooming Wildflowers on Mt. Lemmon   Leave a comment

Early Blooming Wildflowers on Mt. Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains (May 17, 2021) — Images by kenne
Click on any image to see the flowers with descriptions in a slideshow formate.

Silverpuff Art   Leave a comment

Silverpuff Wildflower — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“I exist as I am, that is enough.”

— Walt Whitman

Riding The Arizona Trail On Horseback   Leave a comment

Riding The Arizona Trail On Horseback in Sycamore Canyon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Canyon from Horseback

The young don’t know enough
About being young
They squander youth
And never know ’til later.

Any lad of twelve will testify
An eight-year-old can’t even qualify
To be a child
At eighteen our own ignorance
At fifteen is finally written
In language we comprehend:
We know the score
Reality’s the icing on the cake
Of youthful fantasies;
When the young grow old
They know a lot
About being young
But almost nothing
About being old.

— Jack Purcell from Poems of the New Old West

 

Naturalists To Resume Mountain Hikes   Leave a comment

SCVN Friday Hikes In The Santa Catalina Mountains To Resume This Summer — Image from 2017

The last Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN) hike was March 2020. The National Forest Service has authorized the SCVN to begin Friday Hikes this June on Mt. Lemmon. The Forest Service will require all volunteers to wear masks at all times while volunteering. The groups will be smaller and maintain social distancing.

— kenne

Creosote Bush Blossoms   2 comments

Spring In The Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne

The Creosote bush is a plant of extremes: it is a widely used medicinal plant; it is the most drought tolerant
perennial in North America, and it may be the oldest living plant.

 

Creosote (Larrea tridentata), also known as greasewood, is the most common shrub in three of the four north American deserts.
It is too cold in the Great Basin Desert of Nevada, but it thrives in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan deserts.
Creosote is an evergreen shrub, commonly up to six feet tall or taller, that has tiny green leaves, yellow flowers,
and grey-fuzzy fruit. It flowers several times a year depending on rainfall. —
Source: Arizona Daily Independent

Spring   Leave a comment

New Mexico Groundsel — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Spring

Spring is proof

that we were right to hope

even in the darkness.

— Samantha Reynolds

(NY Times readers were invited to share an original poem
of about 15 words on the theme of renewal. This was on of them.)

 

Thistles In Molino Basin   Leave a comment

Thistles in Molino Basin — Image by kenne

A Grassy Meadow Known As Thimble Flat   Leave a comment

A Grassy Meadow Known as Thimble Flat  (Thimble Peak On the Left) — Image by kenne

Thimble Flat

We gathered early one November morning,

now we were going to turn words into action 

by hiking six miles to climb Thimble Peak.

Starting at the Gordon Hirabayashi Campground, 

we hiked the Sycamore Canyon trail to the

Bear Canyon trail, then leaving the trail at a flat

grassy meadow called Thimble Flat to traverse

around a deep gulley, making our way through rocks

and brush to the base of Thimble Peak, where we paused

to determine the best way to climb this pinnacle on a

mountain ridge, overlooking Tucson known as Thimble Peak.

— kenne

Spring — Bees On A Thistle   2 comments

Bees On A Thistle — Image by kenne

Spring

To what purpose, April, do you return again?

Beauty is not enough.

You can no longer quiet me with the redness

Of little leaves opening stickily.

I know what I know.

The sun is hot on my neck as I observe

The spikes of the crocus.

The smell of the earth is good.

It is apparent that there is no death.

But what does that signify?

Not only under ground are the brains of men

Eaten by maggots.

Life in itself

Is nothing,

An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.

It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,

April

Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay 

Morning In The Canyon   Leave a comment

Morning In The Canyon (Pima Canyon) — Image by kenne

Daylight comes earlier

with each passing day

I dress in translucent light

as the fading shadows 

of night slowly move on.

I will leave soon to hike

in a nearby canyon

still, I pause taking time

to read poetry before leaving

preparing my thoughts

to be with nature.

— kenne

Democracy   Leave a comment

Desert Orangetip Butterfly — Image by kenne 

“Democracy is the art and science

of running the circus from the monkey cage.”

— H. L. Mencken

 

Lupine In The Desert   1 comment

Lupine In The Desert — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.”

 
— Edward Abbey
 

Lily Of The Desert   1 comment

Mariposa Lily — Image by kenne

I cherish the solitude

of walking alone in nature —

no feelings of loneness

where everything around

me is alive and alert

to my presence

a spirit of closeness

and unity serving

in ecstatic integration.

— kenne

Clouds Breakup After Snow On The Mountains   1 comment

Clouds Breakup After Snow On The Mountains — Image by kenne

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that
within me there lay an invincible summer.

— Albert Camus

Goodding Verbena   Leave a comment

Goodding Verbena — Image by kenne

It’s amazing what a little rain can do in the desert.

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