Archive for the ‘Sabino Canyon Recreation Area’ Tag

Jim Martin, In Loving Memory Of A Great Naturalist   1 comment

Jim and B.J. Martin-Edit-1-72.jpgJim and B.J. Martin, May 7, 2018 , were honored by achieving Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN) Emeritus Status.
— Image by kenne

I went to another funeral today, something I began doing at an early age while living with my grandparents. Old people’s friends die. Back then I didn’t always know the people and spent my time running around the graveyard across the road from the church with other children, in a small northeast Alabama rural town.

It’s different today being one of the old people whose friends are dying. When I became an SCVN member in 2011, Jim Martin had been an active member for 23 years, teaching elementary school children about nature and conservation, leading and participating in SCVN  hikes, and serving a treasurer, VP, and President of SCVN. I first met Jim on one of the SCVN Friday Hikes. He was an 82-year-old active hiker, a quiet, pleasant guy to be around — always smiling! 

Jim pasted away at the age of 90, July 16, 2019.

— kenne

 

 

Bear Canyon Trail — Photo-Artistry   Leave a comment

Seven Falls Trail Saguaro Sun-art-72.jpgBear Canyon Trail — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I sometimes choose to think that man is a dream,
thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun
. . . belief? What do I believe in? I believe in sun. In 
rock. In the dogma of the sun and the doctrine of the rock.
I believe in blood, fire, woman, rivers,  eagles, storms,
drums, flutes, banjos and broom-tailed horses.

— Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying In The Wilderness

 

Duck Above The Sabino Dam   1 comment

Mallard Duck-72Mallard Duck in the Water Above the Sabino Dam — Image by kenne

Old age isn’t a battle; old age is a massacre.

— Philip Roth

Each day I find the most marvelous things in the desert . . .   Leave a comment

Sonoran Spring-0743-72Springtime In The Desert — Image by kenne

Each day I find the most marvelous things in the desert
that for most people are the ordinary, the common,
the simple and tangible.
It’s important to always give the desert a second take.

— kenne

Honey Bee On London Rocket Wildflower   2 comments

Bee On London Rocket-3-72Honey Bee On London Rocket Wildflower — Image by kenne

The London Rocket is a naturalized weed native to Europe. It is most common in riparian areas, fields, drainage ditches, and in vacant lots. Because of the timing of desert winter rains this year, this weed seems to be everywhere. “The common name ‘London rocket’ comes from its abundance after the Great Fire of London in 1666. It was also noticed on bomb sites after the Blitz.”

— kenne

A Spring Bouquet   Leave a comment

spring bouquetA Spring Bouquet — Image by kenne

The same wildflowers, a different spring.
What matters is that it is spring.
What matters is that they return each spring.
What matters is each spring will be different.
What matters most is that the same wildflowers
           always return with each different spring.

— kenne

April In Tucson — Photo-Artistry   1 comment

Mockingbird on Saguaro-art-2-72April In Tucson (Mockingbird on Saguaro Blossom) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

No longer waiting
Sun crest above the mountains
Birds welcome new day.

— kenne

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