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On The Tail To Thimble Peak   2 comments

Thimble Peak-1-Edit-2-B&W-72On The Tail To Thimble Peak — Image by kenne

Thimble Peak insight

We cross a windblown meadow

A path less traveled.

— kenne

 

Snow In The Mountains   Leave a comment

Snow From The Canyon, White Bird

December Snow_20111214_0875-72Snow In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Images by kenne

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Cold Mountain has many hidden wonders,

People who climb here are always getting scared.

When the moon shines, water sparkles clear

When the wind blows, grass swishes and rattles.

On the bare plum, flowers of snow

On the dead stump, leaves of mist.

At the touch of rain it all turns fresh and live

At the wrong season you can’t ford the creeks.

— Gary Snyder from the Cold Mountain Poems

 

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Sabino Canyon — Photo-Artistry   1 comment

SCVN Nature Walk -- 12-14-11Sabino Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

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

— Gary Snyder

There’s Got To Be Some Necter In Here Somewhere   1 comment

Southerland TrailThere’s Got To Be Some Necter In Here Somewhere (New Mexico Thistle & Bee) — Image by kenne

 

Santa Catalina Mountains Seen From SaguaroNational Park   Leave a comment

Santa Catanina Mountains - B&W-72-2Santa Catalina Mountains from Saguaro National Park — Image by kenne

GENEROSITY

She brings him the licks
of a good guitarist,
a jarful of sky

from the tallest mountain
she has  never bothered to climb,
shows him the shoeprint

of her favorite thief,
melting in a bank of April snow
just beyond her bedroom,

and when she kisses him
she tastes
a bundle of berries

too numerous to eat.
She stares into his beautiful
bloodshot eyes, believing

she looks
like the perfect gift
with those ribbons

in her hair; he cannot
refuse the ample lesson
her body was built

to provide. She has only
to ask him once
to fasten the fingers on

and set upon her nightly,
learning the stops
and limits of her song —

the vibrato of the dark
the spidery scales,
the frets along her spine.

— Charles Rafferty

 

Sabino Canyon Hohokam Ruins   1 comment

Since 2011, I have been a volunteer naturalist at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
northeast of Tucson. The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) have
partnered with the Santa Catalina Ranger District of Coronado National Forest to
offer educational programs for children and adults for more than 35 years.

Hohokam Site-4981-72Sabino Canyon North of the Hohokam Ruins

SCVN focuses on conservation, field trip programs for children k-6, nature walks,
guided hikes, and demonstrations designed to help the public learn about nature.
One of the most popular Elementary School field trip programs teaches children
about the Hohokam people who lived in the Tucson basin hundreds of
years ago. (“Back To The Past”)

Hohokum Site-72The Clay Remains Of A Hohokam Adobe Structure

The Hohokam organized villages constructing pithouses, sunken earthen, and
adobe structures with pounded floors and thatch roofs. To provide children at least
a basic understanding of the Hohokam, our naturalist training includes
presentations from anthropologists such as Drs. Paul and Suzanne Fish, who have
written on the “Hohokam Millennium.”

Hohokum Site-11-72Larry Conyers Hiking Down To The Sabino Canyon Hohokam Ruins

As a member of SCVN, I have been provided just enough information “to be
dangerous.” So, one day when I was having a conversation with my neighbor and
anthropologist Larry Conyers, he asked me if I knew of the Hohokam ruins south of
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area near the old Fenster Boarding School. Maybe I had
been told about ruins, but when asked, I had no recollection.

Hohokum Site-10-72The Fenster Boarding School In The Distance On The Right

Larry told me he was familiar with the ruins site, having had a Masters’s Degree
student (Daniel Shereff ), who had done a thesis  (Hohokam Population Dynamics:
Settlement Organization and Migration at the Sabino Canyon Ruin Site, Arizona
) about the site. 

Hohokum Site-9-72Larry Conyers Exploring The Ruins Site

We agreed on a day and time we would go to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area,
walk the Bear Canyon Trail before crossing the fenceline of the southern Canyon boundary.

Hohokum Site-4-72Pieces of Pottery Placed On Nearby Stones

Larry and I spent a little over two hours in the ruins site, so this posting is only
meant to be a “snapshot” of what we experienced. The body of the posting content
contains links to additional anthropological information on the Sabino Canyon Ruins.

Sabino Canyon Hohokam Ruin Video

Photos and Video by kenne

Related Site: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center

 

 

 

Two Photos From The Trail   Leave a comment

Hiking Over Stream-72

Hiking Over Stream-B&W-72Hiking Ventana Canyon Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains — Images by kenne

 

 

 

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