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Down By The Creekside   2 comments

MMM 02-04-13Creekside — Image by kenne

Monitoring grass
Where the dead covers new growth
Down by the creekside

— kenne

Panning For Garnets In The Canyon After The Rain   4 comments

image003 kenne & 3rd gradersIn front of Sabino Dam.

image004 kenne & 3rd gradersAbove Sabino Dam

kenne &3rd gradersPointing to a Cooper’s hawk nest.

Kenne & 3rd Graders image008 blogKenne with a fellow naturalist, Dave showing five 3rd grade girls how to pan — Images by Darcy McCue (Parent)

Low hanging clouds still draped the canyon.

Overnight rains had ended.

Cold temperatures chilled the morning air.

Excited third-graders walk to Sabino Canyon Center.

No busing from the nearby school.

Gestured to a group of five girls to tag along.

Teachable moments abound the mile and a half to Sabino Creek. 

Questions increase over the creek activity, “Strike It Rich.”

The teacher had prepared the students well.

First, nature walk near the creek.

Examined the five minerals found in Catalina Gneiss —

Quartz, feldspar, garnet, magnetite, and mica.

Using the mineral’s colors, began jiving —

“Two white, one red, one black, one shiny.”

After the nature walk, a brief geology lesson —

What made the canyon what it is today.

Lesson done, it was time for panning.

Students were sure they would find gold.

Not so in “them there mountains.”

Panning for sand rubies (garnets) was the game.

Activity completed with no cold, wet feet —

Only cold parents standing watch.

Another fun day in Sabino Canyon.

(Moral: Don’t expect cold, wet weather to dampen the spirits of 3rd graders in the canyon.)

— kenne

Creekside Village Park   1 comment

creekside-5741blogSpring In Creekside


I declare

Cue the sun
I declare life

Cue the flowers
I declare spring

Cue the children
I declare love

I declare
Isn’t it beautiful

I declare
I declare

kenne

Posted March 21, 2009 by kenneturner in Photography, Poetry

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