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Rainy Day Reflections   Leave a comment

Aspen Loop, hiking, Mt. LemmonTwo of My Fellow SCVN Hiking Guides, Ricki and Tosh (August 2013) — Image by kenne

This Sunday we are experiencing some rain, the first since early August (already several inches of snow on Mt. Lemmon), so I’ve been going through some of my old photos and ran across one of two my favorite people.

This photo is on the Aspen Loop on Mt. Lemmon, this part of the trail, which was burned during the 2003 Aspen Wildfire.

— kenne

Hiking The Aspen Loop In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Photo Essay   6 comments

Hikers-2840 blog IIHikers in a New Aspen Grove Up from Marshall Gulch On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

In 2003 the Aspen Fire destroyed many homes in Summerheaven and thousands of acres on Mt. Lemmon. Last Friday the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists led hike was on the Aspen Loop that goes through some of the areas destroyed, now recovered by new aspen and pine groves. 

A precursor to the Aspen Fire was the Bollock Fire, 2002 in the eastern part of the Catalinas. Parts of the area burned in 2002 is now experiencing the Burro Fire that started Friday and has now consumed 9,000 acres. The Burro Fire is one of a half-dozen wildfires in the Coronado National Forest. Did I say it is hot and very dry in southeastern Arizona?

— kenne

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Sneezeweeds Among The Ferns   Leave a comment

Sneeze Weed-2891 blogSneezeweeds Among the Ferns (June 30, 2017) — Image by kenne

we hike Aspen Loop
high above the desert heat
our summer retreat

sneezeweeds among ferns
along Mt. Lemmon’s stream
a trickle of life

— kenne

Capturing Many Moments On The Aspen Loop   6 comments

Aspen Loop, hiking, Mt. LemmonHaving a snack at “lunch ledge” just off the Aspen Loop on Mount Lemmon as the clouds begin to build-up.

Aspen Loop, hiking, Mt. LemmonThere wasn’t much time to relax before lightning and thunder began causing us to start moving quickly back to the train head. — Images by kenne

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

— Paulo Coelho

 

Mushrooms Along A Mountain Trail   8 comments

Images by kenne (Click on any of the images for larger view.)

Capturing The Moment — Cutleaf Evening Primrose   Leave a comment

Aspen Loop, hiking, Mt. LemmonCutleaf Evening Primrose — Image by kenne

Evening Primrose

When once the sun sinks in the west,
And dewdrops pearl the evening’s breast;
Almost as pale as moonbeams are,
Or its companionable star,
The evening primrose opes anew
Its delicate blossoms to the dew;
And, hermit-like, shunning the light,
Wastes its fair bloom upon the night,
Who, blindfold to its fond caresses,
Knows not the beauty it possesses;
Thus it blooms on while night is by;
When day looks out with open eye,
Bashed at the gaze it cannot shun,
It faints and withers and is gone. 

 — John Clare

Hiking The Aspen Trail Ten Years Out   3 comments

Aspen Loop July 2013The Aspen Loop trail starts and ends in Marshall Gulch on Mount Lemmon. Part of this trail contains recovering forest from the Aspen Wildfire, which burned parts of Mount Lemmon ten years ago.

Aspen Loop July 2013Before the fire, much of Mount Lemmon was a thick forest.

Aspen Loop July 2013After the fire, aspen and New Mexico locust were quick to take over the forest.

Aspen Loop July 2013When removing a fallen pine from the trail, one creative volunteer cut a seat for resting in the shade.

Aspen Loop July 2013As the burned forest ages, each year the tall pines succumb to nature.

Aspen Loop July 2013Volunteers are busy removing trail obstructions, which will include trees like this one

Aspen Loop July 2013Hiking up the Aspen Trail.

Aspen Loop July 2013Plenty of room to shelter.

Aspen Loop July 2013
Now ten years out, the slow-growing pines are becoming more established.

Aspen Loop July 2013The signs of recovery are all around.

Aspen Loop July 2013Images by kenne

“In climbing a mountain,
if we persevere, we reach the summit;
we get, you might say, to the point.
Once on the mountaintop
there is nothing to do but come down again. . .

Descending the mountain
we enter by degrees into a friendlier,
more comfortable, more human environment —
forest, rushing streams, sunny meadows —
and soon hear the cowbells,
see the villages and the roads,
all that is familiar and reassuring.”

— Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season In The Wilderness

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