Archive for the ‘Sabino Canyon Recreation Area’ Tag

Palo Verde Trees In The Spring   1 comment

Palo Verde Trees In the Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

The palo verde tree is Arizona’s state tree, and rightfully so since once established, these trees truly need no
supplemental water to live. The tree’s bark is green and can photosynthesize something that in most plants,
only leaves do. This characteristic also allows the leaves to be very small and drop off during extreme drought conditions.

In the Sonoran desert, there are four types of palo verde trees. The above image illustrates two; the Blue Palo Verde
on the left and the Foothills Palo Verde on the right. The Blue Palo Verde will generally bloom first in the spring,
followed by the Foothills a few weeks later. During April, you can see these trees blooming everywhere in Tucson.

— kenne

Wildflowers On Esperero Trail   Leave a comment

Esperero Trail Wildflowers In Sabino Canyon (Spring 2013) — Image by kenne

What lies in the heart

of a hiker is that a

spiritual landscape exists

within the visual landscape

something fleeting in the land,

a moment when shape, color,

and movement intensify

revealing something sacred

leading to another level of reality.

— kenne

Desert Chicory And Seed Pod   1 comment

Desert Chicory & Seed Pod — Image by kenne

Frequent throughout the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico on desert flats,
along wash banks and on rocky slopes.

Mature seeds bear a plume of feathery bristles at the apex.

7 Falls Trail   Leave a comment

7 Falls Trail In Bear Canyon (03-20-15) — Image by kenne

After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.

 
— G.M. Trevelyan

Saguaros On My Mind   Leave a comment

Saguaros On My Mind — Images by kenne

A nurse tree

can help raise

generations

of saguaros

only to die

long before

the cactus’.

— kenne

Walking With Bird Experts   3 comments

White-crowned Sparrow — Image by kenne

I try to walk

with bird experts

when out in nature

so I can learn

the names 

of those

I photograph.

— kenne

Two Visitors Waddle By   Leave a comment

Two Visitors Waddle By (04-15-15) — Image by kenne

A Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist is teaching kids as two mallard ducks waddle by.
Nothing like being outdoors in nature’s classroom.

Behold the duck.
It does not cluck.
A cluck it lacks.
It quacks.
It is specially fond
Of a puddle or pond.
When it dines or sups,
It bottoms ups.

 
— Ogden Nash

Desert Spiny Lizard   1 comment

Desert Spiny Lizard — Image by kenne

We have been experiencing some warmer spring weather here in the desert,
so more lizards are on the move

— kenne

Cooper’s Hawk After Sex   Leave a comment

Cooper’s Hawk after Sex — Image by kenne

Sometimes to love someone, you’ve got to be a stranger.

— kenne

Esperaro Trail   Leave a comment

Esperero Trail In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.”

— Albert Einstein

Sabino Canyon — Thank You   1 comment

‘Thank You’ Art from Children Who Went On Field Trips To Sabino Canyon Before The Pandemic

It has now been over a year since teachers have brought students to Sabino Canyon — they are dearly missed! We are hoping that by October, our normal five days a week schedule will return. 

Meanwhile, Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists have been busy creating videos for the Sabino Canyon – The Canyon Classroom. Check it out and Subscribe.

— kenne

Cocklebur Art   1 comment

Cocklebur — Grunge Art by kenne

Cocklebur was first
Science used the idea
Created velcro.

Used to fasten things
Without a hammer and nails.

— kenne

Trails Near Sabino Creek Panorama   Leave a comment

Trails Near Sabino Creek — Panorama by kenne

“O ye’ll tak’ the high trail, and I’ll tak’ the low trail,
And I’ll be in Sabino Canyon a’fore ye . . .”

Gigging for the Mermaid   Leave a comment

Boy On A Rock — Photo-Artistry by kenne

His eyes traveled

and traveled

back and forth

trying to catch 

the girl in the pond

jabbing once, twice 

she darts in and out 

of the shadows

as if to teach one

of life’s lessons —

it’s the pursuit,

not the catch

that counts.

— kenne

We Call Him Luke   Leave a comment

Male Phainopepla — Image by kenne

Naturalists in Sabino Canyon have been photographing a partial albino phainopepla for at least eight years.
He is known by the name “Luke” for leucistic, a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal.

— kenne

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