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Mushroom and Leaves   Leave a comment

Mushroom and Leaves — Image by kenne

“In our finest hours…the soul of the country manifests itself in an
inclination to open our arms rather than to clench our fists; to look
out rather than to turn inward; to accept rather than to reject. In so
doing, America has grown ever stronger, confident that the choice of
light over dark is the means by which we pursue progress.”
 
― Jon Meacham, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
 

Texas Crescent Butterfly   Leave a comment

Texas Crescent Butterfly — Image by kenne

I like writing about where I am,
where I happen to be sitting,
the humidity or the clouds,
the scene outside the window—
a pink tree in bloom,
a neighbor walking his small, nervous dog.
And if I am drinking
a cup of tea at the time
or a small glass of whiskey,
I will find a line to put it on.

— from In the Room of a Thousand Miles by Billy Collins

Mountain Dreams   1 comment

Looking Forward to Hiking Soon In The Catalina Mountains 

Affective September 21, 2020 some of the trails are now open in the
Santa Catalina Mountains after closure after the Bighorn Fire.
These trails remain closed at the burn scar boundary due to hazards that can cause injuries.

Oracle Ridge Trail #1 (3.2 miles)
Brush Corral Trail #19 (1.75 miles)
Mint Spring Trail #20 (0.3 mile)
Box Camp Trail #22 (3.5 miles)
Sabino West Fork Trail #24 (1 mile)
Esperero Trail #25 (3.3 miles)
Finger Rock Trail #42 (1.5 miles)
Pima Canyon Trail #62 (2.4 miles)
Ventana Trail #98 (2 miles)
Pontatoc Trail #410 (2 miles)
Guthrie trail #704A (0.5 mile)
Arizona Trail (32.5 miles)

— kenne

Storm Clouds Over The Catalinas   1 comment

Storm Clouds Over The Santa Catalina Mountains (09/06/14) — Image by kenne

“And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath
the wheels of routine—and before we know it our lives are
gone. What does a man need—really need? A few pounds
of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in—
and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of
accomplishment. That’s all—in the material sense, and we know it.”

— Sterling Hayden

Nature Is My Home   Leave a comment

Yarrow Wildflower On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

— Gary Snyder

Red-Top Mushroom Photo-Artistry   1 comment

Red-Top Mushroom — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Summer Of Fire   Leave a comment

Yesterday’s Sunset from Off Our Patio — Image by kenne

Some of the wildfires in the west began with the Bighorn Fire here in the Santa Catalina Mountains back in June.
Since then fires have continued to ravage the west. Sadly, all the climate models have projected data
predicting the conditions for a perfect storm.

Meanwhile, there are currently five storms in the Atlantic. It’s time to
stop climate-denial or conspiracy thinking and believe in science. 
Pease, let’s not let politics win out over science.

— kenne    

Coyotes, Be On The Watch   1 comment

Regal Horned Lizard — Image by kenne

“A regal horned lizard looks on calmly as a hungry coyote comes near.
All of a sudden—splat! The crafty lizard squirts the coyote with a
stream of blood from its eyes. Believe it or not, this reptile can shoot
the gory goo three feet or more! And that’s just one of its clever tricks.”

kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/regal-horned-lizard/

Oak Tree Gall   Leave a comment

Oak Tree Gall — Image by kenne

“If you cannot trust yourself,
you cannot even trust your mistrust of yourself –
so that without this underlying trust in the whole system
of nature you are simply paralyzed.”

— Alan W. Watts

Death Comes On The Rocks   2 comments

Death Comes On The Rocks — Image by kenne

They lay on the rocks

Dead pines humming in the wind

High on the mountains.

— kenne

Bur Marigold Wildflower   Leave a comment

Bur Marigold Wildflower (Bidens aurea) Blooms in September and October
in the Santa Catalina Mountains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Considered the most spectacular of the genus Bidens,
the Bur marigold is not a very common plant.
“Bidens” means “having two teeth,” which references
the hairlike appendages on the fruits.
A deciduous perennial forb.

— Frank S. Rose

The Path To Han-shan’s Place   2 comments

Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Mountains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The path to Han-shan’s place is laughable,
A path, but no sign of cart or horse.
Converging gorges – hard to trace their twists
Jumbled cliffs – unbelievably rugged.
A thousand grasses bend with dew,
A hill of pines hums in the wind.
And now I’ve lost the shortcut home,
Body asking shadow, how do you keep up?

— Han-shan

 

Revisiting Mt. Lemmon Wildflowers #7   1 comment

This summer, the Big Horn Fire caused so much damage to the National Forest
in the Santa Catalina Mountains remains closed to the public. Therefore,
hiking and photographing wildflowers in the Catalinas will not be in 2020,
which provides a good excuse to revisit some wildflower photos over the past ten summers.

Coulter Hibiscus Wildflowers — Image by kenne

Revisiting Mt. Lemmon Wildflowers #6   Leave a comment

This summer, the Big Horn Fire caused so much damage to the National Forest
in the Santa Catalina Mountains remains closed to the public. Therefore,
hiking and photographing wildflowers in the Catalinas will not be in 2020,
which provides a good excuse to revisit some wildflower photos over the past ten summers.

Birdbill  Dayflower (08/29/14) — Image by kenne

 

Boletus porosporus Mushroom   Leave a comment

Boletus porosporus Mushroom, Mt. Lemmon, Santa Catalina Mountains (08/29/14) — Image by kenne

With very few exceptions, boletes are mycorrhizal partners with trees, and can be found in forest
and urban ecosystems across our continent, wherever ectomycorrhizal trees are present.
Some boletes are very picky about their mycorrhizal partners, while others seem to be able
to associate only with groups of related trees—and still others may be able to associate with very diverse trees.

— mushroomexpert.com

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