Archive for the ‘Santa Catalina Mountains’ Category

Smoke And Haze In The Foothills   3 comments

Smoke & Haze-art-72Smoke and Haze In the Catalina Foothills — Photo-Artistry by kenne

We must make the most of life’s ups and down

when downs seem to overwhelm

do everything to lift up life through images

revealing its most brilliants.

— kenne 

Bighorn Fire, July 1, 2020   Leave a comment

Bighorn Fire -- July 1, 2020-Art-2-72Bighorn Fire, July 1, 2020 (Tanuri Drive/River Road entrance to Tanuri Ridge) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Bighorn Fire continues to burn in the Santa Catalina Mountains this morning. The fire that started June 5 on the western edge of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness burning 118,370 acres straight across the mountains to Redington Pass on the eastside. The fire is now 54% contained. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team has done an outstanding job protecting all “valued” areas. So far, no structures have been lost, and large wildlife continues to be spotted moving toward lower elevations. Smaller animals will tend to go underground.

— kenne

Silverpuff Blossom and Honey Bee   Leave a comment

Bee On A SilverPuff Blosson--72Silverpuff Blossom and Honey Bee — Image by kenne

 

Saguaro Cactus Are Being Destroyed By The Bighorn Fire   3 comments

Ventana Canyon - Clouds-Edit-1-art-72Lower Ventana Canyon (02/20/15) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Bighorn Fire has been burning for days in Ventana Canyon.
I love hiking in this beautiful narrow canyon. The lower part of
this canyon contains a lot of desert plants, such as the saguaro cactus.
This Sonoran Desert signature cactus is not adaptive to fire.
Thousands have already been destroyed by the Bighorn Fire.
It may take hundreds of years to return, if at all. Sad, very sad.

— kenne

Ventana Canyon (1 of 1)_Art-72Ventana Canyon (Note Invasive Grass in the Foreground) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Santa Catalinas Are Covered In Smoke   1 comment

Ventana Canyon Smoke-2-72Smoke covers the Catalinas today. With the use of Photoshop and a Dehaze filter,
I created this less smokey image. — kenne

Under androgynous sky
Sun or moon
Father or mother

The camera never lies
But the photographer
Knows how to fib

— Patrick Jennings 

(The Bighorn Fire remains only 19% contained.)

Bighorn Fire Continues Burn In The Catalinas   1 comment

The Bighorn Fire began burning in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson on June 5th.

Bighorn Fire-07-18-20-2-72It has now burned over 32,000 acres and is only 40% contained.

Bighorn Fire-06-18-20-72Almost 1,000 personal with a lot of land and air support equipment continue to fight the fire.

Big Horn Fire-06-18-20-72Images were taken about three miles from the front ridge of the range.

Bighorn Fire-06-18-20-2-72Each image was captured at various times on June 18th.

Bighorn Fire-06-18-20-3-72Images by kenne

Miss Being On The Mountain   6 comments

Wild Rasberry-72Wild Rasberry On Mt. Lemmon (07/18/14) — Image by kenne

Those who love spending our summers hiking on Mt. Lemmon are saddened by the continued burning
of the Bighorn Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

As I write this post, the Pima County Sheriff has told residents and businesses
to evacuate the Mt. Lemmon, Summerheaven, and Mt. Bigalow areas.
The Catalina Hwy has been close to non-residents and businesses for several days now. 

— kenne

 

Bighorn Fire Spreads To Higher Elevations   4 comments

Bighorn Fire Above Oro ValleyBighorn Fire (June 13, 2020) –Image by Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

This view is as seen from Oro Valley on the northside of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The glow over the mountains to the right is Tucson. 

As of this morning, active fires in Romero and Cargodera Canyons burned together and continued to push to the north and east. With this spread to the higher elevations comes a transition in fuel type, with the fire moving from grasses and brush up to chaparral. Smoke from these heavier fuels will be very visible today.

Firefighters on Mt. Lemmon are building from the preparatory work done by the community together with the Forest Service, ensuring existing fire breaks are clear, and that defensible space is maintained. Crews and equipment will be working north toward the town of Oracle, scouting for containment features and identifying values at risk.

Fire in Ventana Canyon continued to be active and is expected to slowly back down the canyon where crews are confident the existing fire line will hold. Firefighters are building line extending east from the southern edge of the fire to protect communities, should the fire move in that direction where there is unburned fuel.

The fire has now burned close to 15,000 acres.

Whispering Clouds   1 comment

Whispers of Color-08-01-11-72Whispering Clouds — Image by kenne

Whispering clouds in

parallel

across the mountains,

listen and

you will hear

night approaching

pulling down

nature’s shade

over the shy

as the mountains

begin to glow

in a dark blue

against

the evening sky.

— kenne

Bighorn Fire Air Assault Photos   1 comment

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Bighorn Air Assult-1-72Bighorn Fire Air Assault Photos by kenne

Trying to get photos of the Bighorn Fire air assault from my patio in the eastern Catalina Foothills is not an easy trick. I’m licking a good location and the lens needed to do justice to the challenge.

Sharing these two images is meant so I can direct you to some photos taken by my good friend, Ned Harris. Here’s a link to his Flickr account:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/albums/72157714619211453

When it comes to aerial photos, he is among the best. Enjoy!

— kenne

 

Bighorn Fire One Week Out   Leave a comment

Big Horn Fire-06-13-20-72Sunset (June 12th, 2020) 

The Bighorn Fire began June 5th in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. After burning a lot the southwest area of the front ridge,
it has now moved northeast, having burned over 7,000 acres.

Bighorn Fire-06-13-20-morning-72Sunrise (June 13th, 2020) — Images by kenne

This morning with little or no wind, evidence of smoke appears to have gone from our viewpoint.
However, looks deceive, since containment remains a 10% and is projected to not be contained before June 25th.

— kenne

 

The Bighorn Fire Intensifies Over Night   6 comments

Bighorn Fire-Sunset-06-09-20-1-72Late Wednesday, June 10th. Most of the smoke is from upper Pima Canyon, Finger Rock and Mt. Kimball. 

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-9-72Around 6:00 am Thursday, June 11th. The smoke has settled in over
the Catalina Mountains and beginning to move down into the Tucson basin.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-10-72The smell from the fire is very noticeable as I leave for my
morning walk in the neighborhood.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-5-72I’m now at the back of Tanuri Ridge as more of the smoke appears
to be leaving the mountains spreading over the Catalina Foothills.
I’m beginning to think I should have warned a facemask.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-6-72Now at the entrance of Tanuri Ridge and you can bearly make out
the mountains.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-7-72I used a Photoshop Dehaze filter on some of these images so in reality,
there was much more smoke and haze.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-8-72Tanuri Drive

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-72As I continued my walk, the parts of the fire appeared to be
backtracking to the west.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-2-72There’s very little wind this morning, so a lot of the news smoke
coming from downdrafts through where rain would typically
flow off the mountains.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-3-72A big plum of smoke coming from the Finger Rock area.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-4-72It is now around 8:00 am. 

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-11-72It is now around 10:30 am. The fire is now about a mile west of
Pima Canyon trailhead. (Because of my distance from the
mountains, I’m making an educated guess.)

The following copy is from Haidi Chewel, with the National Forest Service.

Bighorn Fire – June 11th, 2020 Morning Update

Pima County Sheriff’s Department issues “SET” notice

Acres: 4,769 Percent Containment: 10%

Start Date: June 5th, 2020 Cause: Lightning

Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains

Jurisdiction: Coronado National Forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness

Personnel: 391

Resources: 6 hotshot crews, 3 Type 2 hand crews, 7 Type 3 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 7 Type 6 engines, 4 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 2 Type 3 helicopter, 10 water tenders

The Bighorn Fire remained active overnight, with flames being pushed downhill by downslope winds. Temperatures up to 106 degrees today and continued low humidity will increase fire activity. The fire will again be highly visible on the front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Crews will work to hold the fire perimeter and continue building fire lines, tying into control features such as roads and rock outcroppings. Additional aerial resources will support the crews on the ground with water and retardant drops.

Over the next several days’ communities can expect to see crews and apparatus working in an around subdivisions in the Catalina Foothills. Members of the public are advised to drive with caution and leave roadways clear for emergency vehicles and equipment to pass.

 

 

 

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