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Legion Of Saguaros   2 comments

Saguaro Legion In Sun-72Legion of Saguaros (Sabino Canyon Recreational Area) — Image by kenne

 

A Legion Of Saguaros In Sabino Canyon   2 comments

Saguaro Family-72.jpgA Legion Of Saguaros In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Over the years, I have called groups of saguaros everything from a group, grove, and family.
Recently I was told that the correct term is “legion.” So, here you have it.

— kenne

 

Blackett’s Ridge   Leave a comment

Blackett's Ridge-72Blackett’s Ridge — Panorama by kenne

 “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”

Joseph Campbell

 

Sabino Canyon Nature Program For Elementary School Students   Leave a comment

One of the subjects we teach is geology, how the Santa Catalina Mountains were
formed, and the importance of water in the formation of Sabino Canyon. Twelve
million years ago, the Santa Catalina Mountains were just a range of hills, but the
earth’s crust in western North America was being stretched. What resulted were
huge blocks with steep vaults forming an up-and-down landscape called the
Basin and Range Province. 

Kenne & 3rd Grade Students-72Naturalist, Kenne Turner with 3rd Grade Students (Sabino Canyon Dam Area)
— Images by Teacher

Sabino Canyon is composed of a hard metamorphic rock called “Catalina gneiss.”
Gneiss contains rock and five minerals; quartz, mica, feldspar, magnetite, and garnets.
Over time water and earthquakes have eroded the gneiss rock carrying smaller rocks
and minerals down streams like Sabino Creek. The minerals are deposited along the
creek edges, which created a natural laboratory to learn about the minerals by panning
for garnets. Need I say, kids love panning for garnets.    

Kenne&3rd Grade Students-72Students panning for garnets in Sabino Creek.

“For many Tucsonans, the canyon is an old friend. We are on a first-name basis.
On a sunny weekend morning, we say, simply, “Let’s go to Sabino.

— from Sabino Canyon: The Life of a Southwestern Oasis by David Wentworth Lazaroff

View Of Sabino Canyon Dam Area   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon Dam Area-72View of Sabino Canyon Dam Area — Image by kenne

The view from the top

A creek carrying snowmelt

Spring flowers emerge.

— kenne

 

Cholla Cactus — Hanging Fruit   1 comment

Cholla Castus-Hanging Fruit-72Cholla Cactus — Hanging Fruit — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Nature is disordered, powerful, and chaotic, and through fear of the chaos, we impose
a system on it. We abhor complexity and seek to simplify things whenever we can by
whatever means we have at hand. We need to have an overall explanation of what the
universe is and how it functions. In order to achieve this overall view, we develop
explanatory theories, that will give structure to natural phenomena: we classify nature
into a coherent system, which appears to do what we say it does.

— from The Day The Universe Changed by James Burke

 

Golden Cottonwood   1 comment

Cottonwood-72Golden Cottonwood Near Sabino Creek In Sabino Canyon (January 7, 2020) — Image by kenne

This photo was taken while on a bird and plant walk in Sabino Canyon, the morning of the 7th.
The early morning sunlight created a golden glow in the canyon.

— kenne

 

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