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Tanque Verde Ranch   1 comment

Considered one of the top cattle and guest ranches in the southwest, Tanque Verde Ranch is located on 60,000 acres of
Tucson’s most breathtaking desert landscapes in the Rincon Mountains foothills adjacent to Saguaro National Park and
Coronado National Forest. 

Established in 1868, Tanque Verde Ranch is recognized as the last luxurious outpost of the old west providing guests with comfortable
accommodations, unparalleled amenities, and a vast array of exciting activities, including horseback riding, mountain biking,
fishing, hiking, and more!

Originally purchased and settled as a cattle ranch by Rafael and Emilio Carillo, the land was sold to Jim Converse
in the early 1900s. It was sold in 1957 to the Bob Cote family, which has owned it ever since.

Tanque Verde became a guest ranch under Converse, who saw the move as an opportunity to attract those
interested in cowboy life.  The number of guest ranches in southern Arizona has dropped
since the 1950s from around 55 to seven or eight today,

A wall in the Tanque Verde Ranch sales office.

Kiva Dinning Room

A statue near the original ranch house.

Mesquite trees shadow the path to some of the cottages.

The Desert Garden cottage area.

These days, the ranch has added hiking, tennis, mountain biking and nature programs, as well as a health spa, for its guests.
It has also brought in televisions and wireless Internet.

Photo Essay by kenne

Avi Kwa Ame National Monument   1 comment

Avi Kwa Ame National Monument Area

A few weeks ago, President Biden designated the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in Southern Nevada. Stretching from
the Newberry mountains in the east to the New York, South McCullough, Castle, and Piute mountains in the west,
these lands feature dramatic peaks, scenic canyons, natural springs, sloping bajadas covered with ancient Joshua tree
forests, unique grasslands, and a rich history of rock art and other cultural sites.

Avi Kwa Ame National Monument Area

While Joy and her sisters were spending time together in Laughlin, I drove to Spirit Mountain in the nearby
Newberry mountains, which is called Avi Kwa Ame by Yuman-Speaking Tribes.
(Fun Fact: If measured by the state with the number of named mountain ranges, then the distinction goes to Nevada,
according to a member of, an online question-and-answer community,
is the most mountainous in the Lower 48.)

Avi Kwa Ame National Monument Area

My visit to this area was just to the eastern edge of the Monument.

Avi Kwa Ame National Monument Area

Avi Kwa Ame National Monument Area

Avi Kwa Ame National Monument Area

Avi Kwa Ame National Monument Area

The road I took in the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument was very primitive, making access to my BMW coupe very difficult.
The road was primarily fine gravel, making going up steep inclines challenging.
As a result, I had to turn back before getting to Spirit Mountain. Even so, I plan on going back sometime soon.

Picacho Peak State Park   4 comments

Wildflowers in Picacho Peak State Park — Images by kenne

Picacho Peak State Park is a state park surrounding Picacho Peak in Picacho, Arizona. The park is located between Casa Grande and Tucson
near Interstate 10 in Pinal County. Its centerpiece spire is visible from downtown Tucson, a distance of 45 miles. The summit rises to 3,374 feet
above mean sea level. Wikipedia

Three Cochise Stronghold Panoramas   Leave a comment

Three Cochise Stronghold Panoramas by kenne

Cochise Stronghold is located west of Sunsites, Arizona, in the Dragoon Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 ft. 
This beautiful woodland area lies in a protective rampart of granite domes and sheer cliffs, once the refuge
of the great Apache Chief, Cochise, and his people.  Located within the Coronado National Forest, it is managed
by the Douglas Ranger District. — Source:

A Walk In East End Park   Leave a comment

A Short Walk In East End Park, Kingwood, Texas (December 28, 2022) — Images by kenne

After getting caught in a sudden rainstorm the day before, it was nice to see blue skies on the morning of the 28th.

White Pelicans In Flight Over Lake Houston   Leave a comment

American White Pelicans White Over in East Texas — Photo Gallery by kenne

Lakes, marshes, salt bays. In breeding season mostly inland, nesting on isolated islands in lakes and feeding on shallow lakes, rivers, marshes.
Feeding areas may be miles from nesting sites. Also breeds locally on coastal islands. Flocks in migration stop on lakes, rivers.
Winters mainly along coast, on shallow, protected bays and estuaries, also on large lakes in warm climates. Source:

Caught In The Rain   1 comment

I tried working in an hour walking the East End Park trails before a forecasted storm.

The sky was partly cloudy as I neared the lake.

An image from close to the ground looking toward the lake.

Cloud reflections on the water.

This image of the sky and clouds reflecting off the water is deceptive because dark clouds were already beginning to build up behind me.

By the time I reach the park parking lot I was soaked. (December 29, 20022) — Images by kenne

Broad-banded Swallowtail Visit Lemon Plant   2 comments

This Morning a Broad-banded Swallowtail Visited Our Potted Lemon Plant on the Patio — Images by kenne

Western Giant Swallowtail   Leave a comment

Western Giant Swallowtail — Images by kenne


a floating lightness
effortless Waving..
a particle transforming
black to yellow
then to thin air..
lighting on shrub
but not really..
energetic reminder
empty space
is not empty…

— CharlesC

Gila Woodpeckers Frequently Visit Our Patio   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpeckers Frequently Visit Our Patio (July 10, 2022) — Images by kenne
Having Water and Food Available Daily Attracts Many Birds

“Gila Woodpeckers are grayish brown birds with brilliant black-and-white barring on the wings, back, and tail.
In flight, the outer wings are black with a crescent-shaped white patch at the base of the primary feathers.
Males have a red patch in the center of the crown.” –
– Source:

Pyrrhuloxia At Our Patio Fountain   3 comments

We haven’t seen too many Pyrrhuoxias coming to the feeder and fountain this summer,

but this guy is interested in cooling off from our triple-digit temperatures here in Tucson.

This Pyrrhuoxia looks like an immature male because of the dark bill. Adults have a yellow bill.

— kenne

Pyrrhuloxia (July 17, 2022) — Images by kenne

A 4th 0f July Bath — Photo Essay   6 comments

On this 4th of July morning, I observed a Cooper’s Hawk bathing in our patio fountain.
Many birds drink from the fountain and occasionally will splash water on themselves.
, this morning was the first time I witnessed a hawk bathing in the water.

— kenne

Images by kenne

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway   3 comments

Looking Down Through Chino Canyon To The Coachella Valley Below (Greater Palm Springs) — Image by kenne


Palm Springs Aerial Tramway — Photo Essay by kenne
(Click On Any Image To See In A Slideshow Format

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles
along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto
State Park. During a ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular
vistas of the valley floor below. Once reaching the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy two restaurants,
observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, a gift shop, and over 50 miles of hiking trails.

Tramway Video by kenne

Blue Jays — A Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Blue Jay (Kingwood, Texas, May 27, 2022) — Photo Essay by kenne
(Click on any image to see all in a slideshow format.)

More Cactus Blossoms   1 comment

Prickly Pear Cactus Blossoms — Images by kenne

Most people, when asked to identify a yellow spring flower would probably identify daffodils.
But, in the sunny Tucson area, most people would say the prickly pear cactus blossom,
or the palo verde blossoms.

Yellow is a warm and friendly color and most associated with is the sun. During spring,
it almost seems like the sun changes its light from a cold white to a warm and glowy yellow.

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