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Bear Canyon 2013A mountain stream in Bear Canyon — Image by kenne

One word (after the sun) that best describes our past, present and future is water. Currently, in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area the mountain runoff is restarting nature’s wonderful cycle. Other than the fact it almost took my D800 the other day, I love being in its presence. Maybe I need to reduce my “risk factor.”

kenne

Altar Of The Mountain Gods   8 comments

Bear Canyon Trail at 7 Falls blogBear Canyon Trail Above Seven Falls — Image by kenne

Blessed with clouds
And only spotted rain,
Hiking the twelve-mile
Sabino Canyon loop trail
Down through Bear Canyon
Was rewarding and inspirational.

Entering the lower canyon
Above the falls
The clouds opened
Atop Bear Canyon
Kissing the peaks
Lighting nature’s altar.

Below the altar’s pinnacles
The Bear Canyon trail
Curves away from
The dry creek bed
Under which water flows
Feeding the seven falls.

The steep rocky canyon walls
Provide a stark environment
For plants to grow.
Even so, the stately saguaros
Are able to survive as sentinels
In this mountain sanctuary.

Offering a serene haven
For the mountain gods,
Keepers of the mountain ways,
To nurture the healing spirits
Honed by the ancients’ as
Guardians of the canyon trails.

— kenne

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Seven Dry Creek Crossings To Seven Falls   3 comments

One of the most popular hikes in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is the trail to Seven Falls in Bear Canyon. The trail to the falls crosses the Bear Canyon creek seven times (seven crossing to seven falls). Usually there is water in the creek, adding to the hiking adventure. 

Last Thursday, Ed Rawl, Jan Labiner and I hiked the trail from the Bear Canyon road entrance to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Even after 19 inches of rain during the monsoon season (July, August, September), the creek is dry. There is some water at the falls, but it disappears underground once down in the canyon.

The now over eleven-year drought continues to impact the Sonoran Desert ecology. As pointed out in previous posting, invasive plants are competing for water in these drought conditions, i.e., fountain grass and buffelgrass. You can learn more about these and other invasive species at “Invaders“, a project of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Seven Falls 01-27-12One Of The Bear Canyon Creek Crossings With Water Flowing, April, 2013 — Image by kenne

Hiking the Seven Falls Trail, October, 2013, No Water In The Creek (Click On Any Of The Tiled Photos For Larger Slideshow Image) — Images by kenne

Nature changes —

fall,

winter,

spring,

summer:

it’s not sudden

making goodbyes

intrinsic.

— kenne

Sacred Holy Tree In Bear Canyon Creek   1 comment

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This
Is:

Sacred
Holy
Tree

 It embodies
Everything
From
Jesus Christ
To Rock ‘n Roll
With a splash
Of sparkle
& ginger.

 Sacred Holy
Tree control
The pond H2O

Damage to
The tree results
In a mandatory
Fight to
The death
With Gandi.

(Recently placed near one of the few remaining pools in the dry Bear Canyon creek bed.)

Fountaingrass, A Serious Invasive Species In The Sonoran Desert   3 comments

7 Falls Oct 2013-8239 blogFountaingrass in Bear Canyon — Image by kenne

FOUNTAINGRASS

Plants

killing plants,

fountaingrass.

— kenne

Buttonbush Near Bear Canyon Creek   6 comments

7 Falls Oct 2013-8288 Buttonbush blog

7 Falls Oct 2013-8293 buttonbush blogButtonbush Near Bear Canyon Creek — Images by kenne

The creek is now dry
Still the flowers and red fruit
Shadow the creekside.

  — kenne

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