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Hutch’s Pool   2 comments

Kenne blogKenne enjoying one of his favorite places in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Hutch’s Pool

I love the eight-plus mile hike to Hutch’s Pool in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness area in the Santa Catalina Mountains, but because of a shoulder injury, I will not be a part of this Fall’s hike — Bummer!

— kenne

Hikers Enjoying The Moment   Leave a comment

Hikers Enjoying The Moment blogHikers Enjoying The Moment in the Santa Catalina Mountains — Panorama Image by kenne

 

 

Fall On The Aspen Draw Trail   6 comments

Aspen Draw Trail-978307200 blog TitleImage by kenne

Lonely ski slopes
off the mountaintop
surrounded by a 
forest of color, with
small brooks passing.

So it is with me 
to hike the Aspen Draw
up the slopes
under the fall colors — 
sun mingling with leaves.

Once near the top
a girl with yellow hair
passes by without
saying a word, not
knowing I was there.

A stranger to
everything

and everyone
just passing through
this lonely world.

— kenne

 

My Weekly Mountain Sojourn   Leave a comment

Golden Columbine-3197 blog IIGolden Columbine On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

We drive the twisting
Catalina Highway
leaving the desert
for alpine forests 
on Mt. Lemmon —  
one hour away. 

Today I guide hikers
on the Aspen Draw
trail among the tall trees
next to the steep slopes
of Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley —
north America’s southernmost.

Wildflowers of the Sky Islands
are in full bloom celebrating
the summer monsoon rains
below the towering conifers —
temperate species of
Apache pine and Chihuahuan pine.

Recent heavy rains
have eroded the trail
exposing trees roots
not always easy to see
in shadows on the trail —
I reminded the hikers.

Moving with more speed
on the downhill return
careful of foot but
not careful enough
as I tripped over a root
now shouldering the pain.

— kenne

 

Mt. Lemmon Mushrooms   2 comments

Doves, Lightening, HikingMt. Lemmon Mushrooms — Image by kenne

Mount Lemmon Mushrooms
Appear from out of nowhere
Pushing aside leaves —

Sometimes on decaying logs
Sometimes on the sides of trees.

— kenne

always in between   2 comments

Image by kenne

home is where I am
home is not where I am
always in between

I am an island of consciousness
I have a cosmic consciousness
always in between

life is now
death is now
always in between

existence is being
existence is becoming
always in between

I am free
I am in prison
always in between

everything is implicit
everything is explicit
always in between

nature is an artifact
nature is art
always in between

nature must be trusted
nature must be mastered
always in between

humans are good
humans are bad
always in between

a sense of law
a sense of equity
always in between

there is a natural order
there is no order in nature
always in between

life has purpose
life is purposeless
always in between

— kenne

 

 

Buckbush Butterfly Moments and Fire On The Mountain Poetry   2 comments

Marine Blue-2846 blogMarine Blue Butterfly On Buckbush Blossoms
Marine Blue-2850 blogMarine Blue Butterfly On Buckbush Blossoms
Lupine Blue-2844 blogLupine Blue Butterfly On Buckbush Blossoms -- Images by kenne


Fire On The Mountain

Down valley a smoke haze
Rises above the Catalinas
Six days of fire and heat
After 100 days of no rain.

I try to remember the smell of rain
Of mid-afternoon thunderstorms 
In the Sky Islands of my beautiful desert
Nurturing wildflowers and butterflies.

I turn and go back to Mt. Lemmon
Thinking of the recent moments
Hiking with friends through young 
        aspens and pines
        caught on steep ridges
Between heaven and earth.


-- kenne 
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