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Guiding Hikers On The Bug Springs Trail   1 comment

Bug Springs 2012Panorama View Toward Catalina Highway  from Bug Springs Trail Ridgetop– Image by kenne

Bug Springs

You leave the trailhead
leading five others
turning left at the fork
until a half-mile out
your realize you have
taken the Green Mountain
trail, not the Bug Springs trail.

You discuss the options
with your fellow hikers,
proceed on, or turn back
to the fork — this was
suppose to be the
Bug Springs Friday hike,
so we turned back.

Out of a sense of modesty,
not wanting to avoid the truth,
you explain that an abundance
of life’s distractions
have dulled your focus.
Because of your wrong turn
you suggest it was just a warmup

as you start the steep climb
up the maintain trail.
To pace the climb
you stop to point out
the manzanitas scrubs
with their twisting branches
of burnished red bark

covered with spring blooms.
It was not many years ago
you were learning about
the manzanitas, whose
name literally means
little apple after its
bright red berries.

Manzanita (1 of 1) Little Apple blogManzanita, español for “little apple” — Image by kenne

Reaching the ridge top
you point a panorama
finger toward the valley
below moving up along
the lower ridges following
the many back and forth
turns of the Catalina highway.

The trail winds down
as the vegetation changes
a few spring flowers
line the trail, you keep
a cautious eye out for
occasional mountain bikers
who favor Bug Springs.

— kenne

Bug Springs  Fall 2012One of the many inspiring views from the Bug Springs trail. — Image by kenne

Manzanita — To Make Young Again   4 comments

Manzanita (1 of 1) art blog framedManzanita – Little Apple — Image by kenne

The manzanita
Adds color to mountain trails,
Small apples to some.

Symbol of accord
Between the old and the young,
Always turning heads.

A mystical plant
Brining forth the hues of thought,
Our earth is reborn.

The smoothness of red
Against the wrinkles of gray,
To make young again.

— kenne

Out Along The Trail — Manzanita   1 comment

Manzanita, español for “little apple” — Image by kenne 

The Manzanita is one of my favorite draught tolerant plants. In the Tucson area they are more commonly seen along the higher elevation trails in the surrounding mountains. The “little apple” is such a beautiful plant, of which there are 106 species. The common characteristics  are a smooth red bark with stiff twisting branches. As often is the case with nature’s beauty, finding the words can be difficult, which often brings to mind the following Henry David Thoreau quote:

A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare.
For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the
thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of
morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens
without their azure.

These images taken in Tucson’s azure sky can help fill my word void.


Manzanita — Image by kenne

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