Archive for the ‘Edward Abbey’ Tag

Yucca Blooming Season in Tucson   3 comments

Yucca Blossoms-2-72

Yucca Blossoms-72Yucca Blooming Season In Tucson — Images by kenne

“There are no vacant lots in nature.”

— Edward Abbey

“I would not sacrifice . . .”   1 comment

16238172044_516d5504f5_oPhoto-Artistry by kenne

Black Swallowtail Photo Essay– Signs of Spring   7 comments

Black Swallowtail Photo Essay– Signs of Spring by kenne (Tohono Chul, Tucson AZ, February 24, 2018) 

Desert springtime, with flowers popping up all over the place, trees leafing out, streams gushing down from the mountains. Great time of year for hiking, camping, exploring, sleeping under the new moon and the old stars. At dawn and at evening we hear the coyotes howling with excitement—mating season.

— Edward Abbey

Western Corral   3 comments

Western Carral B&W blog.jpgWestern Corral — Image by kenne

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome,
dangerous, leading to most amazing view.
May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

— Edward Abbey

 

Wildflower Art   Leave a comment

Heartleaf Goldeneye-1256 art blogHeartleaf Goldeneye (April 13, 2017) — Computer Art by kenne

But it’s all still there in my heart and soul.

The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure —

they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days to come,

like a treasure found and then, voluntarily, surrendered.

Returned to the mountains with my blessing.

It leaves a golden glowing on the mind.”

— from Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside” by Edward Abbey, 

Cranesbill Geranium: Geranium caespitosum   Leave a comment

Cranesbill Geranium (1 of 1) art blogCranesbill Geranium:  Geranium caespitosum (Mt. Lemmon, August 5, 2016) — Image by kenne

“For myself I hold no preferences among flowers,
so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. 
Bricks to all greenhouses! 
Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!”

–Edward Abbey  

 

Mesquite Bean Pods   2 comments

Mesquite pods (1 of 1)-Art blogMesquite Bean Pods — Computer Painting by kenne

“I would not sacrifice a single living mesquite tree for any book ever written.
One square mile of living desert is worth a hundred ‘great books’ –
and one brave deed is worth a thousand.”

— Edward Abbey

 

Grunge Art Desert Landscape   2 comments

Grunge Desert Landscape (1 of 1)-2 blogGrunge Art Desert Landscape — Image by kenne

“Beyond the wall of the unreal city … there is another world waiting for you. It is the old true world of the deserts, the mountains, the forests, the islands, the shores, the open plains. Go there. Be there. Walk gently and quietly deep within it. And then —

May your trails be dim, lonesome, stony, narrow, winding and only slightly uphill. May the wind bring rain for the slickrock potholes fourteen miles on the other side of yonder blue ridge. May God’s dog serenade your campfire, may the rattlesnake and the screech owl amuse your reverie, may the Great Sun dazzle your eyes by day and the Great Bear watch over you by night.”

― Edward Abbey

The Spirit That Is Me   2 comments

juniper tree (1 of 1) grunge art blogJuniper Tree, Spirit That Is Me — Image by kenne

“If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a Juniper tree or the wings of a vulture
— that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves.”

— Edward Abbey

A Popular Cactus Blossom   1 comment

Airport Loop Trail (1 of 1)-11 blogBee & Mesquite Beetle on a Prickly Pear Blossom — Image by kenne

I would not sacrifice a single living mesquite tree for
any book ever written. One square mile of living desert is
worth a hundred “great books” — and one brave deed
is worth a thousand.

— Edward Abbey

Desert Wildflowers: I Declare — A Great Time Of The Year For Hiking   3 comments

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

(CLICK ON ANY OF THE TILED IMAGES TO VIEW LARGER IMAGE IN A SLIDESHOW FORMAT.)

Wildflower Images by kenne

The weather here is windy, balmy, sometimes wet.
Desert springtime, with flowers popping up all over the place,
trees leafing out, streams gushing down from the mountains.
Great time of year for hiking, camping, exploring, sleeping under the new moon and the old stars.
At dawn and at evening we hear the coyotes howling with excitement – mating season.
And lots of fresh rabbit meat hopping about to feed the young ones with.

— Edward Abbey

Solitaire Poppy Shadows   1 comment

Poppy Shadows (1 of 1)_Art blogSolitaire Poppy Shadows — Image by kenne

“Where’s the Coke machine?”
“Sorry lady, we have no Coke machine out here.
Would you like a drink of water?” (She’s not sure.)

“Say ranger, that’s a godawful road you got in here,
when the hell they going to pave it?” (They gather around, listening.)

“The day before I leave.” (I say it with a smile; they laugh.)

“Well how the hell do we get out of here?”
“You just got here, sir.”
“I know but how do we get out?”
“Same way you came in. It’s a dead-end road.”
“So we see the same scenery twice?”
“It looks better going out.”

“On ranger, do you live in that little housetrailer down there?”
“Yes madam, part of the time. Mostly I live out of it.”
“Are you married?”
“Not seriously.”
“You must get awfully lonesome way out here.”
“No, I have good company.”
“Your wife?”
“No, myself.” (They laugh; they all think I’m kidding.”
“Well what do you do for amusement?”
“Talk to the tourists.” (General laughter.)

— Edward Abbey, from Desert Solitaire

Trails Leading To The Most Amazing Views   1 comment

sunset (1 of 1)-3 blogTrails leading to a world as in Federico Garcia Lorca’s “waltzing, sexy, high-spirited, deathward-leaning proclamations of love.”
— Image by kenne

May all your trails be crooked,

winding, lonesome, dangerous,

leading to the most amazing view,

where something strange and more beautiful

and more full of wonder than

your deepest dreams waits for you.

—Edward Abbey

Remembering the Hiking Moments   Leave a comment

Hikers (1 of 1) blog“Remembering The Hiking Moments” — Image by kenne

Remembering the Hiking Moments

Let’s remember for a moment . . .

The trailhead gatherings,
the greetings, the smiles,
the joy of another hike.

The steep climbs, the switchbacks,
the majestic views at the top,
the masterful returns.

The trail fellowship,
sharing who we are
and common interests.

The pools near mountain trails,
resting tired feet in the cold water,
while others jump in.

The hikes along ridges of granite
and the juxtapositions of water-loving
and drought-tolerating plants.

The images captured on camera,
or our mind’s eye,
lasting images to share.

That which we have added
to life’s experiences forming
a better understanding of self.

The desire, the drive to see 
what lies just over the next ridge,
on the other side of the mountain.

To our Sabino Canyon friends,
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome,
dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” *

— kenne

* Edward Abbey

 

 

Hiking the La Milagrosa Loop In The Santa Catalina Mountains   2 comments

(CLICK ON ANY OF THE TILED IMAGES TO SEE LARGER VIEW IN A SLIDE SHOW FORMAT.)

Hiking the La Milagrosa Loop in the Santa Catalina Mountains (December 5, 2014) lead by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN). The 6.6 mile loop combines trails through the La Milagrosa and Agua Caliente Canyons. Parts of theses canyons are also popular to more adventurous hikers and rock climbers than our Friday SCVN hikers. (Click here.)

May your trails be crooked,
winding, lonesome, dangerous,
leading to the most amazing view.
May your mountains rise
into and above the clouds.

— Edward Abbey

 

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