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Looking Back In Time   Leave a comment

Bear Canyon (1 of 1) Sepia art blog“Looking Back In Time” — Image by kenne

Picture framed moment

The present is now the past

Looking back in time

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Sun Bathing Rock Squirrel   1 comment

Rock Squirrel (1 of 1) blog

Rock Squirrel (1 of 1)-2 blogRock Squirrel — Images by kenne


Capturing The Springtime Moment: Parish Larkspur WIldflower   Leave a comment

parish larkspur (1 of 1) blog

parish larkspur (1 of 1)-2 blogParish Larkspur WIldflower Images by kenne

Conditions for wildflowers are much better this spring than last year.
Yesterday (March 20, 2015) we saw several parish larkspur along the Bear Canyon trail at about 2,700 ft.
There were many, at first glance I thought they were lupines.

Last year I posted images of a single parish larkspur April 16th near Hutche’s Pool (3,900 ft.)

— kenne

Experiencing Your Secret Destinations   1 comment

Seven Fall 2011Seven Falls In Bear Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains (02/07/11) — Image by kenne

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
Martin Buber

Water Is Now Flowing In Sabino Canyon Quenching A Giant Thurst   Leave a comment

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-2 blogVisitors to Sabino Canyon were pleased to see water in the creek, the first time since the spring.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-3 blogThe water for now is flowing over the Bear Canyon low-water crossing.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-4 blogWater is also going over the low-water crossing below the Sabino Canton dam.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-5 blogWater rushing over Sabino Canyon dam.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-6 blogSabino Canyon Dam

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-7 blogSabino Canyon Dam

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-8 blogWater rushing over the boulders at the base of the dam.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-9 blogThe area along the creek has been so dry that even the willows near the dam have dropped their leaves,
looking more like late fall rather August.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-10 blogThis ash tree, home to a Cooper’s hawk nest has also lost a lot of its leaves.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-11 blogThe water is providing a welcome relief from this year’s draught.

Water in the creek (1 of 1)-12 blogThe creek will continue to flow as long as the Catalina Mountains receive Monsoon rains.
— Images by kenne

“A giant thirst is a great joy when quenched in time.”

― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

A Double Two-Tailed Swallowtail On The Rocks   Leave a comment

Two-tailed Swallowtail — Images by kenne

Double on the rocks,
Is this two-tailed swallowtail
Looking for its host?


Capturing The Moment — Bear Canyon   2 comments

7 Falls Trail (1 of 1)-2 blogBear Canyon In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Down through the canyon
A window to wispy clouds,
Saguaro heaven.

— kenne

A Hiker’s Stairway To Heaven   3 comments

Stairway To Heaven (1 of 1)-2 blogBear Canyon Trail To Seven Falls — Image by kenne

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

— from “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

To Stay On Trail, Or Not   1 comment

Stay On The Trail (1 of 1)-2 blog framedStay On Trail — Image by kenne

Stay on canyon trails
Short cuts causes erosion —

However, bushwhacking
Is hiking outside the box —
A thorny branch out.

Always on question
To stay on question, or not —
My “to be” question.

— kenne

Inside The Outside — A Snapshot   3 comments

Jeri & Virginia VisitInside the Outside Snapshot — Image by 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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Hiking The Sabino Canyon To Bear Canyon Loop   3 comments

A few postings back, I shared photos and a video of our recent hike to Thimble Peak. This was a twelve-mile hike from the Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds, where we took the Sycamore Reservoir trail to the Bear Canyon trail, then on the Thimble Peak trail and back, all under windy, but beautiful weather. A good part of this hike was in the Push Ridge Wilderness area of the Santa Catalina Mountains

A week later, the SCVN Friday hike was scheduled from Sabino Canyon to Hutch’s Pool, with the option of taking the East Fork trail to Bear Canyon trail, looping back to Sabino Canyon Center. The loop hike is also a twelve-mile hike through the Push Ridge Wilderness, this time continuing on the Bear Canyon trail through the Seven Falls area of Bear Canyon. The significant difference for this hike was having the contrast of a cloudy day vs. the blue sky weather a week earlier — both were very alluring hikes.

Hiking The Loop-8865 blogNear The Start Of The East Fork Trail — Images and Video by kenne

At the fork where Box Camp Canyon merged into Sabino Canyon, six of us opted to take the East Fork to Bear Canyon, the others taking the West Fork to Hutch’s Pool. Once at the saddle between Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon, we began heading south on the Bear Canyon trail. At this point, most of our hike through Bear Canyon was downhill.

Once we reached Bear Canyon creek, the trail crosses the creek, running parallel to it, veering to the left where the creek runs into Seven Falls. The view above Seven Falls allows one to see all the trail switchbacks that are not visible from where the south part of the Bear Canyon trail leads to Seven Falls.

After hiking down through Bear Canyon, it’s hard to understand why anyone would hike to Thimble Peak through Bear Canyon, rather than coming from the Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds. The distance maybe a little less, but the gain would not be worth the elevation change.

The following video contains photos and video clips from the loop hike, November 15, 2013.


Las Vegas-8899 blogThe Bear Canyon Trail Coming In Next To Seven Falls With Sun Light Peeping Through.

Bear Canyon Trail Above Seven Falls   6 comments

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Bear Canyon Trail Above 7 Falls-8901 blogThe Sun Peaks Through The Clouds Above The Seven Falls Ridge And The Bear Canyon Trail Coming From The Upper Canyon
— Images by kenne

Capturing Moments To Remember — Five Naturalists Hike To Thimble Peak   9 comments

Thimble Peak-1 blogPanoramic Image from the Mountain Meadow Below Thimble Peak — Images by kenne

As Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) we spend a lot of time in the Canyon and the Santa Catalina Mountains leading children and adults on outdoor activities. One of the iconic images of the Canyon is Thimble Peak. It can be seen from the Sabino Canyon Recreational Area Center, the tram ride up through the Canyon, Bear Canyon and many of the area’s hiking trails.

One very popular trail is Blackett’s Ridge trail located between Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon. This difficult hiking trail ends about a mile from Thimble Peak, separated by a deep ravine — “So close, yet so far,” is the thought most people have when reaching the end of the Blackett’s Ridge trail. Serious rock climbers might venture on, but most adventurous hikers look for other options for hiking to this majestic pinnacle.

One option is to hike, or take the tram, up through Sabino Canyon, then taking the Sabino Canyon trail to the East Fork trail, looping around to the Bear Canyon trail.

Another option is to take the Bear Canyon trail out of the Sabino Canyon Recreational Area up through Bear Canyon passed Seven Falls.

A third option is the one that five SCVN members (Phil Bentley, Alexa Bieberstein, Tim Ralph, Ed Rawl and Kenne Turner) decided to do when learning that the elementary school class coming to the Canyon on November 7th had been cancelled.

Thimble Peak-8673 blogWash Leading Out Of The Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site (Historical WWII Prison Camp)

This option involved driving the Catalina Highway to the Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds, where under a beautiful blue-sky morning, we began the twelve-mile hike in cool temperatures, with a forecast of sunny warm temperatures in the afternoon — windy with gusts of 40 mph.

Thimble Peak-8684-2 blogTim, Ed, Alexa and Phil At The Sycamore Reservoir Trail Saddle (Part of the Arizona Trail)

The Arizona Trail, which runs from Mexico to Utah goes through the area making use of many existing trails in the Santa Catalina Mountains. As predicted, the winds were gusty.

Thimble Peak-8687 blogPhil, Alexa & Tim

This sign at the saddle on the Sycamore Reservoir trail is a common site for those hiking to the Sycamore dam. On our way to Thimble Peak, we stopped at the dam for a break before continuing on to the Bear Canyon trail.

Thimble Peak-8718-2 blogThe Peak Is In Sight! (Phil, Alexa, Ed and Tim)

Even with the very windy conditions, it didn’t take long before we began shading layers of clothing.

Thimble Peak-8729-2 blogPhoto Taking Time (Phil and Alexa)

This scene is located where the Bear Canyon trail goes left down into the canyon to Seven Falls. After a few photos, we headed off to the right through a beautiful mountain meadow toward the trail that would take us to Thimble Peak.

Thimble Peak-8789 blogThimble Peak

We were now only a few hundred yards from the pinnacle. You can click here to see 44 images on my Flickr account of our hike in a full-frame slideshow. 

In addition to many photos, I managed to take several video clips, which I have edited into a video posted on YouTube and inserted below. The video contains a special treat with naturalist Phil Bentley singing America the Beautiful overlooking the Tucson valley from the base of Thimble Peak pinnacle.

Thimble Peak-8756-2 blogAt The Base of Thimble Peak Overlooking the Tucson Valley (Ed, Phil, Alexa and Tim)

Thimble Peak-8768 blogAlexa Climbing The Pinnacle (Thimble Peak)

A Thimble Full Of Life

All one needs
in life is

a thimble full of
this and that
to experience life. 

We determine
makes up

what makes up

Do you have a thimble full?

— kenne

You can see all 44 images at:

High Plateau Meadow In The Santa Catalina Mountains   3 comments

Thimble Peak-1 blogBeautiful Grass Meadow Along The Trail To Thimble Peak (In the distance to the left.) — Panoramic Image by kenne

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