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Nature Photos and a Morning with Whitman   2 comments

Beebalm (1 of 1) II blog

Beebalm (1 of 1)-2 II blogBeebalm Wildflower (Oracle Ridge Trail, August 5, 2016)– Image by kenne

I’m reading Whitman this morning and one my favorite selections is the first stanza in
“Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking,” one sentence, twenty-two lines long.

Out of the cradle endlessly rocking,
Out of the mocking-bird’s throat, the musical shuttle,
Out of the Ninth-month midnight,
Over the sterile sands and the fields beyond, where the child
     leaving his bed wander’d alone, bareheaded, barefoot,
Down from the shower’d halo,
Up from the mystic play of shadows twining and twisting as if
     they were alive,
Out from the patches of briers and blackberries,
From the memories of the bird that chanted to me,
From your memories sad brother, from the fitful risings and
     fallings I heard,
From under that yellow half-moon late-risen and swollen as if
     with tears,
From those beginning notes of yearning and love there in
     the mist,
From the thousand responses of my heart never to cease,
From the myriad thence-arous’d words,
From the word stronger and more delicious than any,
From such as now they start the scene revisiting,
As a flock, twittering, rising, or overhead passing,
Borne hither, ere all eludes me, hurriedly,
A man, yet by these tears a little boy again,
Throwing myself on the sand, confronting the waves,
I, chanter of pains and joys, uniter of here and hereafter,
Taking all hints to use them, but swiftly leaping beyond them,
A reminiscence sing.

— Walt Whitman

Capturing The Moment — Agave Fence Line   Leave a comment

Agave Blooms (1 of 1) blog IIAgave Fence Line — Image by kenne

Burnt Trees Along The Oracle Ridge Trail   Leave a comment

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Trail (1 of 1) color blogBurnt Trees Along The Oracle Ridge Trail — Images by kenne


Capturing The Moment — Oracle Ridge Trail Panorama   3 comments

Panorama (1 of 1) View from Oracle Ridge blogSoutheast View from Oracle Ridge Trail Toward Mt. Bigelow and Mt. Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains (June 27, 2014)
— Image by kenne


SCVN Friday Hike On The Oracle Ridge Trail #1(June 14, 2013)   4 comments

Oracle Ridge #1 SCVN HikeOracle Ridge Trail, View South Toward Mount Lemmon (Since I Was Leading This Year’s Hike,This Is An Image From Last Year) — Image by kenne

Oracle Ridge Trail #1

Once a trail
through the Mount Lemmon Forest,
shaded by tall ponderosas
until the trail reached the ridge
where the only shade
was from large alligator junipers.

This picture made it a favorite
of many southern Arizona hikers,
till ten years ago
the ridge was charred
by the Aspen Wildfire,
leaving only minds eye images.

Now, ten years out
many blacken trees remain
as new aspen, pine seedlings
and New Mexico locust
bring back the green
to the ridge.

Always a moderately
difficult trail on the return,
the loss of shade
has made it less inviting
to those looking for 
a cool retreat from 
the desert heat below —

still #1 for some.


Short iPhone Video Clip At Dan’s Saddle Where We Rested Under Sparse Shade Before Starting Our Return Up The Ridge.

Phil Bentley Playing The Harp

Capturing The Moment — For The Love Of A Thistle   Leave a comment

Arizona Thistle On The Oracle Ridge Trail — Image by kenne

We walk down the trail

Looking for spring wildflowers

Where thistles always grow.


SCVN Oracle Ridge Trail Hike, June 6, 2012   1 comment

Taking a break on Oracle Ridge Trail — Images by kenne

(Click on any of the thumbnail images to view the complete gallery.)

This is the third blog entry containing images from last Friday’s hike on Oracle Ridge Trail. Until the 2003 Aspen wildfire, the ridge trail went through a forest, yet nature still provides a lot of beauty to our eyes. (Note: It will take 80-100 years for the forest on the ridge to return — nine down and 71-91 years to go.)

The earlier entries on the Oracle Ridge Trail hike are:


Posted June 12, 2012 by kenneturner in Information, Nature, Photography

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