Archive for the ‘Forest Fires’ Tag

First Time In Awhile   3 comments

Jim and John Walking to the Broadway Trailhead In Saguaro National Park. — Images by kenne

Yesterday morning and this morning, it’s been cool enough to consider hiking in the desert.
So, when Tom called yesterday and asked me to go hiking, I felt a rush of energy pinned up since the spring.
Normally the hot desert days drive us up to Mt. Lemmon to hit the mountain trails.
However, this summer, the trails have been closed because of the Big Horn Fire.
So, this morning Jim, John, Tom, and I met at the usual meeting place outside the Bear Canyon branch
of the Pima County Library to mask-up and carpool to one of the many park trailheads.

Here in Tucson, we are not currently experiencing the orange sky the forest fires have created in California.
But, we have a haze covered sky coming from the many fires in the western states, making it easy to look directly at the sun.

Signs of our prolonged drought are everywhere. Even normally, drought-resistant plants are struggling.

We spent about 2 1/2 hours hiking various trails and washes in the Park. My friends have been hiking
these trails much longer than I, and if you are wondering, I’m the youngest of us.

HAPPY FEET!

The West Continues To Burn   1 comment

Forest Fires In Western States Transforms The Skies Over Tucson — Sunrise Image by kenne

Summer Hiking Season On Mt. Lemmon   2 comments

Old Ski Run Hike-5-72The SCVN Friday Hikes began this past Friday (June 7th) with a short hike up to the old ski run.
Ricki Mensching loves leading this hike each year
and the opportunity to share some the history of the original ski run on Mt. Lemmon.

Old Ski Run Hike-8-72.jpgAs the hikers gathered at the base of the ski run they noticed smoke coming from a camp fire on up the ski slop.
Campers had left the camp fire without making sure the fire was out. Sadly, this kind of happening is not unusual.
We call 911 and the nearby Summer Haven fire department came and extinguished the fire.

On this same day a very large uncontained forest fire began burning in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix.
This marks the beginning of the fire season in Arizona, most all of which are man-made.

Old Ski Run Hike-10-72After getting the fire under control, Ricky continued her narration on the old ski run,
before continuing the hike to the top of the ski run.

Old Ski Run Hike-6-72Images by kenne

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Monument To A Forest Fire   3 comments

Brunt Trees (1 of 1)_Art blogMonument to a Forest Fire (2002 Bullock Fire, Santa Catalina Mountains)– Image by kenne

I walk the mountain trails
where colorful flowers grow
along magical paths
for me to follow.

Over head the sun shines brightly
warming my skin in the cool breeze
as the tall grasses 
sway back and forth.

Scattered clouds begin to congregate, 
cool raindrops fall on my face
while quenching the thirst
of earth’s plants and animals.

The clouds grow darker
as the lightning thunder
shares the mountain sound stage
with the wind blowing through the trees.

Animals seek shelter in the forest
running from the lightning
striking the dry forest floor
leaving behind fire sound effects.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Oak Fire   2 comments

Forest Fire (1 of 1)-2 blog framedSmoke from the Oak Forest Fire Framed by a Tree Burned Ten Years Ago in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Forest Fire (1 of 1) blogThe Oak Fire Northeast of the San Pedro Valley as Seen from Oracle Ridge Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains,
the Smaller of Two Forest Fires Currently Burning in Arizona. A larger wildfire, the San Juan Fire
is Burning near the White Mountains Town of Vernon.
— Images by kenne

Forest Thinning On Mount Lemmon   Leave a comment

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Mt Bigelow 07-15-13

Mt Bigelow 07-15-13Forest Thinning On Mount Lemmon — Images by kenne

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The Southwest Is Burning   Leave a comment

“The Southwest Is Burning” — Image by kenne

The Southwest Is Burning

Natures Beauty Lost In Time

Dry Eyes Become Glassy

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Capturing the Moment — Brown Cloud Over Tucson   Leave a comment

View from Tucson Mountains toward downtown Tucson and the Catalina Mountains– Image by kenne

The Coronado National Forest, which includes the Santa Catalina Mountains, is closed because of the extremely dry conditions in southern Arizona. These conditions have led to several wildfires south of Tucson, smoke from which had settled over Tucson as shown in this early morning photo taken from the Tucson Mountains west of Tucson.

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