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Tucson/Avra Valley Aquifer   Leave a comment

Tucson/Avra Valley Aquifer — Panorama by kenne

The Tucson Mountains separate the Avra Valley and the Tucson Basin, which contain natural aquifers.
Recharge basins have been placed in the Avra Valley, where Colorado River water is blended with the groundwater,
providing water to the Tucson area.
This panorama is at the west edge of the Tucson Mountains where the recharge basins can be seen in the distance. 


Colorado River Sunset   Leave a comment

Colorado River Sunset-art-72Colorado River Sunset — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The river runs low

Farms and towns conserve water

As the west dries up.

— kenne

Colorado River In Northwest Arizona   Leave a comment

Colorado River NW AZ-7707 panorama blogA Section of the Colorado River South of Lake Mead In Northwest Arizona
— Panorama by kenne

Advice from a river.
Go with the flow,
immerse yourself in nature,
slow down and meander,
go around the obstacles,
be thoughtful of those downstream,
stay current,
the beauty is in the journey!

— Ilan Shamir

The River   Leave a comment

We spent a day and night at Edgewater Casino, along the Colorado River at Laughlin, Nevada
before diving the “Loneliest Road In America” to the Great Basin National Park.

— Images by kenne

Colorado River Panorama   1 comment

Colorado River Panorama (1 of 1) blogColorado River South of Hoover Dam Panorama — Images by kenne

Colorado River (1 of 1) blog The Rocks

of these mountains
are no match against

the mighty river.
Weary of its motion

they open to
potent penetration.

— kenne

Colorado River In Canyonlands National Park   4 comments

Canyonlands  (1 of 1) Art blogColorado River In Canyonlands National Park, Utah — Computer Painting by kenne

Dusty summer earth

Colors deepen with the rain

Over the canyons.

— kenne

Canyonlands  (1 of 1)-2_Art blogCanyonlands National Park, Utah — Computer Painting by kenne

Majestic canyons

A land of many contrasts

Cotton clouds soften.

— kenne

Antelope Canyon — I’ve Got To Go Back!   6 comments

(Click on any of the tiled images to see larger image view in a slideshow.)

Antelope Canyon On Lake Powell, Arizona — Images by kenne (Click on any of the tiled images to see larger image view in a slideshow.)

June 9th we took a boat cruse from Lake Powell / Wahweap Marina that included going into one of the best known and photographed slot canyons, Antelope Canyon. The weather was perfect, only missing a few passing clouds that would have made the clear blue sky even more perfect. The boat followed the original path of the Colorado River along the shores of the Navajo Nation. The morning sun made for rich and deep colors on the high canyon walls — poetry in reddish striations. 

Sandstone Tapestry

 Breath taking moments,

A taste is not near enough

Of this slot beauty.


Dawn Of The Past   Leave a comment

Morning Along The Colorodo DSC_1493Morning Along The Colorado River — Image by kenne

The river’s water

A source of life in the west,

The Dawn of the Past.

— kenne

The Dirt People   3 comments

The Saturday after Thanksgiving we left Pala and returned to Tucson. Our normal route has been to head west to I-15, then east on I-8. This time we decided to take an alternate route parallel to I-8 through the mountains to the desert into Imperial Valley. Before reaching El Centro, in the valley and near the Salton Sea, we begin to see dust in the distance.Thanksgiving 2013-9015 blogSignage told us that our route was taking us through Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). You could see RVs, with their flag poles up, in all directions. Ocotillo Wells is open for off-highway exploration and recreation, which in another life I would have loved to have experienced in my dirt-bike twenties.

Thanksgiving 2013-9017 blogAs we headed east early in the morning, (about 8:00 am) the were just a few off-road vehicles out in the desert leaving behind a lot of dust, which would be a multiple of what the day would bring once hundreds of vehicles hit the dirt. 

Thanksgiving 2013-9018 blogOnce we were on I-8 and near Yuma, Arizona, we once again saw off-road vehicles, this time on the Algodones DunesThe dunes are 45 miles long by 6 miles wide, extending along a northwest-southeast line that correlates to the prevailing northerly and westerly wind directions. Where I-8 crosses the Algodones Dunes, the frontage roads provide an easy access for off-road vehicles.

Thanksgiving 2013-9019 blogAt least there’s not a lot of dust stirred-up by the many vehicles on the sand.

Thanksgiving 2013-9020 blogWe stopped at a rest area to take a few photos of kids of all ages.

Thanksgiving 2013-9022 blogImages by kenne


Children play in dirt
We stay connected to dirt
Always washing hands.

I had a dirt bike
When I was in my twenties
Fate was on my side.

Now I hike in dirt
Staying bonded to nature
Not destroying it.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Mallard Ducks   4 comments

Christmas 2012

Male (Drake) Mallard Duck Near The River Shore

Christmas 2012

The Drake Preening Himself.

Christmas 2012

The Female Mallard Is Not Following, But Is In Hot Pursuit. — Images By kenne

Missing The Connection   Leave a comment

Christmas 2012

Missing The Connection — Image by kenne

I held you high
Above the river waters,
A marker for all to see.

Together we marked
The changing waters,
Always flowing.

Now you are gone,
Missing the connection
I dream of our yesterdays.


Capturing The Moment — May I Have This Dance? Quack! Quack!   4 comments

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Mallard Ducks On The Colorado River — Images by kenne

Behold the duck 

It does not cluck. 

A cluck it lacks. 

It quacks. 

It is specially fond. 

Of a puddle or pond.

When it dines or sups,

It bottoms ups.

The Duck — Ogden Nash

Capturing The Moment — Holiday’s Full Moon   2 comments

Christmas 2012

Full Moon Along The Colorado River At Laughlin, Nevada — Image by kenne

Capturing the Moment — Tucson Basin   3 comments

Tucson Basin — Image by kenne

The Tucson groundwater recharge basin is located west of Tucson, which uses the natural basin located between two north-south mountain ranges on the Hohokam Indian Reservation. Most of the water used in the Tucson area comes from the ground and is now recharged by water from the Colorado River.

West of Tucson, in the Central Avra Valley’s natural basin, 11 recharge basins have been dug into the sandy ground. On any given day, at least some of them will be sparkling with deep blue water. Tucson sits atop an enormous reserve of groundwater, so the water in these basins flows down to “recharge” the underground aquifer. However, area water needs consume more than the annual rainfall provides to recharge the basin. The city turned to the Colorado River several hundred miles away in its search for more water. For $4 billion, Tucson helped build the Central Arizona Canal in 1973, connecting the river to Phoenix, Tucson, and other cities.

The Colorado River water flows into the basins and trickles down through the porous subsurface, mixing with the native groundwater before pumps delivered the hybrid water into homes. This way, the corrosive river water is filtered and diluted with the existing groundwater, making it palatable with Tucson residents’ standards. 

The Hohokam people settled here in the Central Avra Valley of the Sonoran Desert because of the many rivers crossing through the basin. In the mid-1850s, the entire valley was a forest of mesquite trees, with cottonwoods, willows, and walnuts along the major streams. Much of the area was marshy, and malaria was a major problem for the original Fort Lowell along the Santa Cruz River. Today these rivers run dry but continue to flow underground. Without other water sources to help recharge the natural basin, the water level declines in riparian areas will change the ecology and cut the quality of the habitat provided by phreatophytic vegetation. Much work and conservation are needed to ensure the people and vegetation of the Sonoran Desert have the necessary water to maintain the water level. Otherwise, declines in riparian areas can change nature and cut the quality of the habitat provided by phreatophytic vegetation. With the continued loss of riparian habitat in the Tucson Basin, preservation of riparian habitat becomes increasingly critical. Water is an enormous benefactor to life in the Tucson Water Basin and the rest of the world. As inhabitants of this great desert, we must realize the importance of living in true harmony with the desert.

When you arise in the morning,
give thanks for the morning light,
give thanks for your nourishment 
and the joy of living

If you see no reason for giving thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.

— kenne

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