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Early Signs Of Fall On Mt. Lemmon   4 comments

Images by kenne (Click on any image for larger view and slideshow.)

Oh, to be alive

when fall miracles

flourish for hiking

in the mountain’s

crisp morning air —

trail rocks

turning underfoot,

wildflower’s color vanishing

as nature’s

baton is passed

to towering trees

now showing their

kaleidoscopic colors

gently waving

beneath the blue sky 

with joyful

interpretation by all

disregarding her

gesture of farewell. 

— kenne

(Overnight temps near freezing are beginning to bring on the mountains fall colors — much more to come.)

 

A Mexican Garter Snake Having Breakfast   11 comments

Mecican Garter Snake AZ Striped Whiptail blog

Mexican Garter Snake AZ Striped Whiptail blog

Mexican Garter Snake AZ Striped Whiptail II blogMexican Garter Snake & Arizona Striped Whiptail Lizard — Images by kenne

This morning while hiking the Crystal Springs trail on Mount Lemmon we saw this Mexican Garter snake having just caught an Arizona Striped Whiptail lizard. The snake was in a hurry to het away from us so he could have breakfast.

Regular hikers on Mount Lemmon should take note, even after all the rain on the mountains, the springs are no more. Maybe it’s time to rename the trail. 

Also, the Control Road to the trailhead is in real bad shape from all the mountain rains — lot’s of deep ruts, making for a long 2 1/2 mile drive to the trailhead.

kenne

Hiking The Aspen Draw, Mt. Lemmon Trail And The Meadow Trail   5 comments

SCVN Friday Hike on Mt. Lemmon — Images by kenne (Click on any of the images to see slide show.)

6b41d7e0b974f08ab70e4e520531266fYesterday’s SCVN Friday Hike started at the Ski Valley parking lot where we took the Aspen Draw trail up to the top of the ski runs, then the Mt. Lemmon trail, looping back on the Meadow Trail. Combining these three trails gave us a six-mile hike with an elevation change of 1,200 feet. The hike included a stop of the Lemmon Rock Lookout.

The weather was great, so I was able to get a lot of photos, which I will be sharing, starting with the previous post and some others after this posting.

The SCVN summer hikes on Mt. Lemmon will conclude after the two remaining hikes (August 23 & 30). The SCVN lead hikes are part of our Public Interpretation program, which includes Walks, Hikes, and Demos, designed to help participants learn about and experience the wonders of Sabino Canyon, the Santa Catalina Mountains, and the Sonoran Desert. 

kenne

View From The Box Camp Trail On Mt. Lemmon   4 comments

Box Camp Trail 06-28-13View of Tucson from the Box Camp Trail on Mt. Lemmon (Click here to see more hiking the Box Camp Trail photos.)  — Images by kenne

Box Springs Trail

The ground we walk on,
the plants and creatures,
the clouds above
constantly dissolving
into new formations –
each gift of nature
possessing its own
radiant energy,
bound together by
cosmic harmony.

— Ruth Bernhard

Window To The Sky, A Magical Mystery World   1 comment

Mammonth-Rock Creek2006-08-06-15 II blogRock Creek Trail To A Series Of Little Lakes In Sierra Nevada– Image by kenne

Chasing Life’s Horizons

Ain’t nothing better

than hiking through

a window in the sky —

the air is fresh,

the sky is blue,

a magical mystery

in a world of horizons

far as the eye can see.

Chased by every hiker,

a vision soon

left behind

only to be replaced

by another

magical mystery.

kenne

Hiking To Rose Canyon Lake In The Santa Catalina Mountains   1 comment

Rose Lake July 2013

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Rose Canyon Lake in the Santa Catalina Mountains is the only lake in the mountain, located about 25 miles from Tucson, Arizona. The lake is only seven acres, but is surrounded by cabins and campgrounds in the mountain forest. Images by kenne

Water Adds To Both Life and Death   Leave a comment

Butterfly Trail July 2013Hiking down the trail before the rain

Butterfly Trail July 2013Caught in the rain on the way back up the trail, the colors jump at me. Water adds to both life and death. — Image by kenne

being in the forest
nurtured by water
drops
maintains life
adding to
nature’s beauty

a fallen dead tree
blocking the trail
cut
opening the path
leaving behind
an artifact

kenne

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