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Catalina Highway Hoodoos   3 comments

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There’s a narrow trail that you have to scramble up a few feet before heading down under twisted alligator junipers. The best way to experience these ancient hoodoos along the Catalina Highway is to attack them from the rear, sorta speak.

This SCVN Friday Hike was to have two parts; explore the hoodoos followed by a hike from the Gordon Hirabayashi Campgrounds to Molino Basin. The hoodoos segment was led by naturalist Edi Moore, who is s long-time member of the Monday Morning Milers (MMM). The MMM was the first hiking group I begin hiking with after moving to Tucson. It was with the MMM that I first had an opportunity to explore the Catalina Highway Hoodoos. Of the 20 hikers on this Friday, Edi and I were the only ones to which this experience was not new. The views in and around the hoodoos are something else.

— kenne

 

Images by kenne
Click here to see more Catalina Highway Hoodoo photos.

Balsa Wood Rafting In Madidi National Park   Leave a comment

Tucihi Day 3-17-2-72.jpgGuess Who’s Getting Splashed??

BoliviaTy Markey and Pedro Macuapa Balsa Wood Rafting In Madidi National Park — Images by kenne

By day three on the Tuichi River the water was less red and lower causing more rapids to appear going down river.
Click here to see more images.

 

 

Madidi National Park Butterflies And Moths   1 comment

Tucihi Day 2 Eyespot Butterfly-9-72.jpgEyespot Butterfly — Image by kenne

While on our Madidi National Park adventure, I took approximately 1000 photos, most of which will only be seen by blog followers and those who visit my Flickr account. Of those photos, I have uploaded 20 butterfly and moth images, which you can see by clicking here. I was not on a butterfly expedition, having very little knowledge of butterflies, especially in the Amazon. However, I love photographing and sharing butterfly images.

If you are interested in more information on Madidi National Park’s diverse ecosystems for plants and animals you might start with this posting from Mongabay: News & Inspiration from Nature’s Frontline — Expedition finds butterfly bonanza in Bolivian national park (PHOTOS).

— kenne

Valley Of The Moon, La Paz, Bolivia   2 comments

Moon Valley-10-72.jpgTy Markey checks out the landscape at the Valley of the Moon (Chick Here for more Images)

Moon Valley, located 6+ miles from downtown of La Paz is where you will find impressive formations, composed mainly of clay were created by the persistent erosion of mountains and by the area’s strong winds and rains.

— kenne

A Long Stretch of Highway in Southern New Mexico   Leave a comment

Interstate 10-1654 blogI-10 In southern New Mexico going into Arizona — Image by kenne

Dust devils come and go
across the flat land
of southern New Mexico
beneath a clear blue sky
with only a few white puffs
over distant mountains
providing a backdrop
for as long as the eye can see

on a long straight highway
with vultures circling above
and occasional overpasses
with towering signs near exits
tempting our stiffening bodies
by giving us a sense of home,
if your home is
McDonald’s golden arches.

We feel lonely even though
we are not alone
making us wish for
a bend in the road.
Instead, we are distracted
by counting vultures and old
railroad cars on tracks running
parallel to this lonely highway.
(Now we know what happens to beat-up old cars,
they are parked in the desert southwest.)

I with my Goldfish,
she with her sunflower seeds,
we try to settle down
for few hundred more miles
before crossing into Arizona
just south of the old
Butterfield Stagecoach route
through Doubtful Canyon.

Not complaining,
over 100 years ago
we would have been traveling
by stagecoach through
Doubtful Canyon rather
than a modern Interstate
escaping any chance of
being attack by Apaches.
(See a photo essay of Doubtful Canyon on Flickr. Enjoy!)

— kenne

Daughtful CanyonDoubtful Canyon — Image by kenne

 

Get Out And Hike In The New Year   Leave a comment

hiking-the-romero-pools-trail-blogHiking the Romero Pools Trail In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne
(Larger Slideshow View of Romero Pools on Flickr)

The two hardest tests on the spiritual road
are the patience to wait for the right moment
and the courage not to be disappointed
with what we encounter.

— Paulo Coelho

Zen Fountain Project — Revisited   1 comment

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Recently I received a comment on a July 11, 2008 posting, “Our Zen Fountain”.
The writer wanted to know where I got the supplies. The concrete pieces
were made in Mexico, but it has now been eight years
since the project, so I no longer have specific information.

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The inquiry brought back memories of this work of love.
As I wrote at the time, we waited six weeks for the final concrete piece.

The location of the fountain is near of deck
under a canopy of pine and crape myrtle trees,
which made for a beautiful setting.

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Soon after completing the project, Kiko our 17 year old cat died.
We buried him in the fountain landscape area making the Zen Fountain
a memorial fountain for Kiko.

This project was my favorite landscape project ever.
Two years later we move from The Woodlands, Texas
to Tucson where we have a patio fountain,
but no fountain will replace this very special fountain —
“Our Zen Fountain”.

— kenne

Project Photos on Flickr

Yard Flowers, March 2015   1 comment

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

March 2015 Flowers In Our Desert Yard — Images by kenne (See on Flickr)


This blog frequently posts images of wildflowers in the Sonoran desert,
to the neglect of domestic flowers in our yard.
So, it’s their turn to be shared.
What’s not to love about flowers, domestic or wild?

Spring flowers abound

Opening in the sunlight

Keeping us spellbound.

— kenne

Brittlebush Blooming Everywhere In Picacho Peak State Park   1 comment

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Wildflowers (1 of 1)-4-2 blogBrittlebush Blooming Everywhere In Picacho Peak State Park — Images by kenne
Friend, Tom Markey and I spent a recent morning hiking in the Park and so much is in full bloom.
This posting focuses on brittlebush images with many more wildflowers to come.
Click here to see more brittlebush images in a slideshow format.

Hiking Romero Pools Trail, January 23, 2015   Leave a comment

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The trail begins merciful,
level and wide for
our first steps.

The sun greeting us
rising above the mountains
warming the morning air.

Our path is straight
into the canyon
through winter’s brown.

Soon the trail narrows
turning left, then right
with carved rock stairs.

The pace slows as
fellow hikers snake-line
up the steep slopes.

As we near the first ridge,
the sky seems smaller,
staying alert with each step.

Hiking the lower canyon walls,
soon we reach the first saddle,
we break for the vistas.

Seeing no bighorn sheep,
only white rocks mistook
for their white rumps.

Climbing up and
around the next ridge,
water flowing from its top.

A steep drop in the trail
beckons thoughts of yet
another ridge to climb.

Reaching a thousand feet
above the trailhead before
hiking down to the pools.

Winter rains have provided
plenty of water for breathtaking
views of the pools and falls.

Spring break will bring
students’ cliff jumping into
the deeper Romero Pools.

I share a silent moment
above the pools with
only my shadow companion.

— kenne

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CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL PHOTOS OF HIKING ROMERO POOLS TRAIL, JANUARY 2015.

 

A Sunday Outing Along The Poudre River   1 comment

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My daughter, Kate and her family (Matt, Nick and Jaxon) and I walked a trail near the Poudre River northwest of Ft. Collins, Colorado (September 14, 2014).
Click on and of the tiled images for a larger view in a slideshow format,or view the images in my Flickr account. 
I have other photos of this beautiful country I will be sharing in future postings. — Images by kenne

Capturing The Moment — High Water In Sabino Canyon   6 comments

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 Heavy monsoon rains create flash-flood conditions in Sabino Canyon (September 5, 2014) — Images by kenne
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SCVN Lizard Walk, August 8, 2014   3 comments

 

SCVN Lizard Walk (August 9, 2014) — Images by kenne
(CLICK ON ANY OF THE IMAGES TO SEE LARGER VIEW IN A SLIDE SHOW FORMAT.
You can also go to my Flickr account to see all 22 photos taken yesterday.)

 

 

Capturing The Moment — Turkey Vultures Migrating North   Leave a comment

Migrating Turkey Vultures Warming Up In The Morning Sun — Images by kenne
(Click on any of the images to see a slideshow, or go to Flickr to see the full set.)

It’s that time of year when turkey vultures are migrating north, actually it’s been going on for about two weeks now.

We live on the north side of the Tanque Verde wash across from the Tucson Country Club. In the late afternoon the turkey vultures come from the south, roosting in the golf course’s eucalyptus trees — moving across the wash to sun at daybreak for more exposure to the sun. The sunning serves at least two important purposed, (1) to warm up before continuing their flight north, (2) to bake any bacteria that may picked-up from foraging.

Watching and photographing these big birds is a joy, having posted several entries over the last three years. You can use the search function (turkey vultures) to see previous postings. Also, you can see the complete set (over 60 images) of the most recent images at my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/sets/72157642867149485/ where you can click the slideshow icon in the upper right corner for a full-screen view.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
what 
makes up
THIS,

what makes up
THAT.

Do you have a thimble full?

— kenne

You can see all 44 images at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/sets/72157637734025706/

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