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Sunrise At Sabino Dam   Leave a comment

Sabino Dam-1737-Pano-72Sunrise at Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Dam — Image by kenne

Typically this time of year, there is no water coming over the dam
till the monsoon rains later this month through August. — kenne


The river- was, but died away,
leaving behind sand and stone,
a dry river bed.

The river that once led the way,
To Rameses throne,
Has no more life- dead.

The river from which reeds grew and swayed,
now dead and gone,
all that’s left-a dry river bed.

The river that was marvelous by day,
and treacherous once the sun was gone,
is now but a dri river bed.

The river- beautiful, no words could say,
left behind – just a dry river bed.

— Esnala Banda

We Haven’t Seen Clouds Like These For Some Time   3 comments

Storm Clouds (1 of 1) blogWe Haven’t Seen Clouds Like These For Some Time — Image by kenne

Rain in the mountains
Summer monsoons months away
How will I make it?

— kenne

Monsoon Lightning Over the Catalinas   2 comments

Lightning 7-19-10Monsoon Lightning Over the Catalinas — Image by kenne

The monsoon is here
Waves of precipitation
Greening the desert.

— kenne

Star Power   Leave a comment

Mt. Lemmon Trail 06-24-13“Star Power” Silverpuff Blossom In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Islands in the sky
High above the desert floor
Share the monsoon rains.

— kenne


Looking for Sonoran Toads in Sabino Canyon   2 comments

Above the Dam-2971 blogThe monsoon rains bring new life to the Sonoran Desert. This past week has experienced some very good rain fall, especially in the mountains. The start of the monsoon season brings out the Sonoran toads, but they breed in water, and even with the recent rains we have had several months of no rain and Sabino Creek remains dry. The above photo was taken this morning, but based on sighting a few miles up the creek, there maybe water flowing over the dam by night fall.

Sonoran Toads-2964 blogDown from the dam, there are few pools of water that Jeanne, Dan and I explored this morning and found some toads. The mating season will last only a few days, so with more rain expected today and tomorrow, and with water coming down the creek, the toads will probably be very active the next couple of days.

— kenne

Images by kenne


. . . I would stand,   1 comment

Monsoon Sunset (1 of 1) blogMonsoon Rain at Sunset in Tanuri Ridge — Image by kenne

. . . I would stand,
If the night blackened with a coming storm,
Beneath some rock, listening to notes that are
The ghostly language of the ancient earth,
Or make their dim abode in distant winds.
Thence did I drink the visionary power;
And deem not profitless those fleeting moods
Of shadowy exultation: not for this,
That they are kindred to our purer mind
And intellectual life; but that the soul,
Remembering how she felt, but what she felt
Remembering not, retains an obscure sense
Of possible sublimity. . . .

— William Wordsworth

White-winged Dove After The Rain   2 comments

White-winged Dove after the rain — Images by kenne

Outside, I watched her

moving in a nearby tree

after rains ended.

— kenne

Sabino Canyon Panorama after Monsoon Rains, #2   Leave a comment

After the Rain Panorama (1 of 1)-3 blogSabino Canyon Panorama after Monsoon Rains, #2 (August 9, 2016) Image by kenne

They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars – on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.

— from Desert Places by Robert Frost

Sabino Canyon Panorama after Monsoon Rains, #1   1 comment

After the Rain Panorama (1 of 1) blogSabino Canyon Panorama after Monsoon Rains, #1 (August 9, 2016) — Image by kenne

Two o’clock in the afternoon
temperatures and humidity
in the low eighties.

The rain has gone for now.
Still, I’m wet with sweat
as the clouds hold on.

Soon three digit temperatures
and single digit humidity
will return to the canyon,

and we will retreat to 
cooler hiking temperatures
on Mt. Lemmon trails.

— kenne 

The Sonoran Desert Monsoon Has Arrived   Leave a comment

Monsoon Tucson 2016 (1 of 1)-8 blogLate Afternoon Storms Over the Santa Catalina Mountains (June 26, 2016) — Image by kenne

It Smells Like Rain Today!

Monsoon Rains In Sabino Canyon   5 comments

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Monsoon Rains In Sabino Canyon (September 8, 2014) — Images by kenne

Monsoon Rains Move The Desert   1 comment

Flash Flood (1 of 1) blogMonsoon Rains Move the Desert — Image by kenne

Rains move the desert

Reshaping its very face

Reborn through aging.

— kenne


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