Archive for the ‘nature walk’ Tag

Redwing Blackbird   Leave a comment

Redwing Blackbird (Sweetwater Wetlands, June 16,2021) — Image by kenne

The redwing blackbird

Not your average blackbird

A badge of honor.

— kenne

Western Diamondback   3 comments

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (June 16, 2021) — Images by kenne

This rattlesnake slowly crosses the trail with a full belly.


Ornate Tree Lizard   Leave a comment


tree-lizard-sunning-0654-blogOrnate Tree Lizard — Image by kenne

This ornate tree lizard appears to have come out of his winter home to catch some morning sun in Sabino Canyon. The lizard is darker than normal, allowing for more absorption of the sun.

The hole and pipe are in a large rock and was originally a source of drinking water for visitors to the dam area of Sabino Canyon.

— kenne

When a Hike Becomes A Nature Walk   Leave a comment

At first glance, you might think these two images are of the same mountain wildflower.
Wrong, my friend, with the help of fellow hiker and naturalist, David Dean,
I’m able to pass on the correct identification.

Mountain flowers have a way of slowing the pace of a hike to the pace of a nature walk, especially when hiking with very knowledgeable people — Thanks, David. 

— kenne

western dayflower (1 of 1)-2 blogWestern Dayflower, Commelina dianthifolia
(Mt. Lemmon, August 12, 2016)
— Image by kenne

Spiderwort (1 of 1) blogSpiderwort, Tradescantia
(Mt. Lemmon, August 12, 2016)
— Image by kenne

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.

– Edna St. Vincent Millay

Wildflower Images, February 25, 2014 Nature Walk   7 comments

Wildflower Images, February 25, 2014 Nature Walk by kenne [Place cursor over image to see name of flower, and/or click on any image to see slideshow.]

“Strolling on, it seems to me
that the strangeness and wonder
of existence are emphasized here,
in the desert,
by the comparative sparsity of the flora and fauna:
life not crowded upon life
as in other places
but scattered abroad in spareness and simplicity,
with a generous gift of space
for each herb and bush and tree,
each stem of grass,
so that the living organism
stands out bold and brave and vivid
against the lifeless sand and barren rock.
The extreme clarity of the desert light
is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life-forms.
Love flowers best in openness and freedom.”

— Edward Abbey

Becoming More Keenly Alive To Everything Through Nature   Leave a comment

SCVN Mentor Project-0003 blogSabino Canyon Volunteer Nationalists training 8th grade students to become youth naturalists after a nature walk in the canyon.
— Image by kenne

“The end and aim of all good education is to make man more
alive to everything, or in other words to make
everything more keenly alive to him, to make ‘sermons in stone,
and symphonies in running brooks’ an everyday possibility.”

— Frank Lloyd Wright

Capturing The Moment — Desert Marigold In January   6 comments

Ned's Nature Walk-9763 Desert Marigold blogDesert Marigold Blooming Early In The Desert (January 29, 2014) — Image by kenne

A Pocket Gopher In The Santa Catalina Mountains   3 comments

SCVN Nature Walk July 2013

SCVN Nature Walk July 2013A Pocket Gopher Collecting Fresh Greens — Image by kenne

What Does A Volunteer Naturalist Do On Vacation?   5 comments

 — Go on a guided nature walk.

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013While vacationing with family on the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina, we took in some of nature’s best. Since most of our time was spent on the shore side, we made a special effort to explore the sound side. (OK, I know everyone was being  nice and trying to appeasing me.)Virginia & Outer Banks 2013In Nags Head there is Jockey’s Ridge State Park, which contains the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States attracting hand gliders and wind surfers from up and down the east coast. Virginia & Outer Banks 2013There are plenty of self-guided hiking trails, however we learned of a guided nature walk Wednesday morning that proved to be very information — at least for me. Our guide was a retired high school teacher/administrator that spends his summers as a park docent.

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013As it turned out, we had a our own personal guided nature walk, since our family were the only people on the walk. There were a lot of people in the park, however, most were on the high dunes watching the gliders. The maritime thicket of live oaks, persimmons, red cedar, wax myrtle, bayberry, sweet gum, red oaks, and pines grows best in areas protected by the large dune.

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013A lot of the older pine trees died a few year back then a large storm pushed saltwater in the low areas of the park.

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013Shifting winds are constantly reshaping the dunes. Because the Ridge is always changing, it is often called “The Living Dune.”

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013Looking out over Roanoke Sound.

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013The edges of the maritime forest contain a lot of marshy areas attractive to birds.

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013While on the nature walk, the docent told us about the Nags Head Woods Preserve, so after completing the walk, Joy and I decided to go for a short hike in the preserve.

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013The preserve  is a nature conservancy containing the largest maritime forest on the east coast. The trails wind through marshy woods and wooded dunes.

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013

Virginia & Outer Banks 2013The Nags Head Woods Preserve Center — Images by kenne


Cub Scouts Observe a Gila Monster On Junior Ranger Nature Walk   1 comment

Gila Monster_20120518_0419 blogGila Monster — Image by kenne

This morning I took a small group of Cub Scouts and parents on a Junior Ranger nature walk in Sabino Canyon. The walk is only a quarter and is designed to increase their knowledge of the desert. Although the gila monster is reasonably common to the Sonoran desert, they spend 90% of their time underground except during the mating season, which is May and June. This morning’s sighting made the scout’s day! (Mine too!)

After completing the walk, the scouts were awarded a Sabino Canyon Junior Ranger certificate.


Capturing The Moment — Sabino Canyon Snowbird   5 comments

Tosh Lawrence Nature WalkMale Phainopepla — Image by kenne

The phainopepla is a common southern Arizona bird, spending its summers on Mount Lemmon, moving south to the Sabino Canyon for the winter. And even though I have many photos of this very attractive bird, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to photograph this male phainopepla during this morning’s Ned Harris & Friends nature-walk in the canyon. 


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