Archive for the ‘Sabino Canyon Recreation Area’ Tag

‘Hope is a slave; Despair is a freeman.’   1 comment

Male Cardinal  in Sabino Canyon, An Early Sign of Spring — Images by kenne

The Freeman

Hope is a slave; Despair is a freeman.’

A VAGABOND between the East and West,
Careless I greet the scourging and the rod;
I fear no terror any man may bring,
Nor any god.

The clankless chains that bound me I have rent,
No more a slave to Hope I cringe or cry;
Captives to Fate men rear their prison walls,
But free am I.

I tread where arrows press upon my path,
I smile to see the danger and the dart;
My breast is bared to meet the slings of Hate,
But not my heart.

I face the thunder and I face the rain,
I lift my head, defiance far I fling, —
My feet are set, I face the autumn as
I face the spring.

Around me on the battlefields of life,
I see men fight and fail and crouch in prayer;
Aloft I stand unfettered, for I know
The freedom of despair.

 
— Ellen Glasgow

Female Cardinal   2 comments

Female Cardinal — Image by kenne

Sabino Canyon   3 comments

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area– Image by kenne

Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.

— Hunter S. Thompson

Gila Woodpecker On Saguaro   Leave a comment

Gila Woodpecker On Saguaro Cactus In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Gila woodpecker
Contrast with saguaro green
Sabino blue skies.

— kenne

The Bluebird of Happiness   Leave a comment

Western Bluebird — Image by kenne

The beggar man and the mighty king are only diff’rent in name,
For they are treated just the same by fate.
Today a smile and tomorrow a tear,
We’re never sure what’s in store,
So learn your lesson before it is too late, so

Be like I, hold your head up high,
Till you find a bluebird of happiness.
You will find greater peace of mind
Knowing there’s a bluebird of happiness.
And when he sings to you,
Though you’re deep in blue,
You will see a ray of light creep through,
And so remember this, life is no abyss,
Somewhere there’s a bluebird of happiness.

— from The Bluebird of Happiness by  Edward Heyman

 

Missing The Kids In The Sabino Canyon   2 comments

Kenne with Elementary School Kids In Sabino Canyon — Image by Teacher

Starting in October of each year Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN)
teach elementary school kids about nature five days a week, However, because
of the pandemic classes will not be coming to Sabino Canyon till at least next October. 

— kenne

California Primrose   2 comments

California Primrose-72

California Primrose — Image by kenne

What would this world
be without yellow follows? 
No beauty, not life.

— kenne

Boy And His Girlfriend   1 comment

No Way To Hike In The Desert! — Image by kenne

No water.

No hats.

No hiking boots.

No sunscreen.

No common sense.

No way!

— kenne

Gila Monster Close-up   1 comment

Gila Monster Close-up — Image by kenneturner.com

“Gila monsters have beaded scales in colorful patterns. Gila monsters are
the largest lizards native to the United States. They get their name from
Arizona’s Gila River basin, where they were first discovered. 
Gila monsters are also one of only two venomous lizards in the world.”

Desert Cotton Blossom   1 comment

Desert Cotton Blossom In Sabino Canyon (09/25/14) — Image by kenne

Sabino Canyon To Reopen With Partial Services   3 comments

CJ Woodard, Santa Catalina District Ranger

On Friday, September 18, 2020, District Ranger conducted a guided tour for Partner members ahead of the Scheduled Reopening of Sabino Canyon Recreational Area on September 21, 2020. Fifteen Partner members, five each from:

Friends of Sabino Canyon
Sabino Canyon Volunteer Nationalists
Santa Catalina Volunteer Patrol

In addition to the following video, images of the Drive-thru are in this Flickr Album.

David Lindo, The Urban Birder   Leave a comment

David LindoDavid Lindo (London, England), The Urban Birder at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center — Image by kenne

As a blogger, I follow a lot of bloggers, mostly those into music, poetry,
and nature photography. One of my favorite blogs is Michael Stevenson’s “The Hobbledehoy.”  

Yesterday (08/09/20), Michael reblogged “A month in the life of The Urban Birder, David Lindo.
” Right away, I thought, “I know who David Lindo is.” Why do I know him?
In February of 2013, David presented to the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN)
in Tucson, Arizona.

I videoed the presentation, which was about 45 minutes. The idea was to make
it available in the SCVN library or on our website.
Well, without going into the details, it didn’t happen.

So, after Michael posted the article from Country Living,
I decided to reduce the length of his presentation and put it on YouTube.

This happening here in Tucson took place long before the Karens of the world were making news in Central Park.

— kenne

Sabino Canyon Still Closed   Leave a comment

sabino-canyon-clouds_coopers-hawk-blogFlag Over Sabino Canyon Visitor Center (11/07/11) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I miss not being able to be out in Sabino Canyon, which will remain closed because of the Bighorn Fire till November 1st.
The Forest Service is keeping the Canyon closed to minimize dam and infrastructure damage due to flash flooding
during the monsoon season.

On Wednesday, August 5th, some Naturalists will be part of a Zoon meeting with Santa Catalina District Ranger, CJ Woodard.
He will give an update on the Sabino Canyon closure and be available for questions and answers.

— kenne

Learning About Rocks   5 comments

Wild for the Wilderness (1 of 1)-68-Girl-B&W-72Learning About Rocks — Image by kenne

 

Sunrise At Sabino Dam   Leave a comment

Sabino Dam-1737-Pano-72Sunrise at Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Dam — Image by kenne

Typically this time of year, there is no water coming over the dam
till the monsoon rains later this month through August. — kenne

*****

The river- was, but died away,
leaving behind sand and stone,
a dry river bed.

The river that once led the way,
To Rameses throne,
Has no more life- dead.

The river from which reeds grew and swayed,
now dead and gone,
all that’s left-a dry river bed.

The river that was marvelous by day,
and treacherous once the sun was gone,
is now but a dri river bed.

The river- beautiful, no words could say,
left behind – just a dry river bed.

— Esnala Banda

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