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National Public Lands Day Is September 24th   Leave a comment

invasive-plants-1-of-1-pampas-grass-blogPampas Grass In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

For many, pampas grass is an ornamental landscape plant, for others it’s an environmentally dangerous plant that crowds out indigenous desert plants and can become kneeling for wildfires. Sabino Canyon has a lot of pampas grass, fountain grass, buffel grass and other invasive plants. The battle to remove these invasive plants continues on National Public Lands Day as Sabino Stewards (Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists) and community members will be digging, pulling, and bagging invasive plants near the Sabino Creek area. This activity is one of several activities that will be taking place in the Coronado National Forest September 24th on Public Lands Day. All fees are waived for the day.

— kenne

Once an invasive species arrives, it’s about impossible yo get rid of it.

— Sean Hanna

Watching Over Nest On A Windy Day   1 comment

Cooper's Hawk Over Nest (1 of 1) blogCooper’s Hawk Above Nest In Sabino Canyon (October 31, 2016) — Image by kenne

Wind gusts ruffle the hawks feathers while watching over the large nest
high in an ash tree in the Sabino Canyon riparian area above the Sabino Creek dam.
Since this area is near where the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN)
conduct their nature program for elementary school children,
many students will have a opportunity to see activity near the creek
adding to the excitement of being on a field trip in Sabino Canyon.

— kenne

My Sky Island   1 comment

Wildflowers Goldeneye(1 of 1)Grunge Art blog 2Goldeneye In Pima Canyon — Grunge Art by kenne

My mountains,

Santa Catalina, one

of the Sonoran Desert’s

sky islands, presenting 

a life zone tour

of desert,

grasslands,

oat woodlands,

and pine forest

where climate diversity

is equal to a drive

from Mexico to Canada,

with panorama views

of surrounding Sky Islands —

where less becomes more.

— kenne

Ventana Canyon   Leave a comment

Ventana Canyon (1 of 1)-2 Art blogVentana Canyon Hikers On Canvas by kenne

Ventana Canyon (1 of 1)_Art blogVentana Canyon On Canvas by kenne 

Sing and dance and be joyous,
but let each one also be alone.
Even as the strings of the lute are alone,
through they quiver to the same music.

— Kahlil Gibran

Remembering the Hiking Moments   Leave a comment

Hikers (1 of 1) blog“Remembering The Hiking Moments” — Image by kenne

Remembering the Hiking Moments

Let’s remember for a moment . . .

The trailhead gatherings,
the greetings, the smiles,
the joy of another hike.

The steep climbs, the switchbacks,
the majestic views at the top,
the masterful returns.

The trail fellowship,
sharing who we are
and common interests.

The pools near mountain trails,
resting tired feet in the cold water,
while others jump in.

The hikes alone ridges of granite
and the juxtapositions of water-loving
and drought-tolerating plants.

The images captured on camera,
or our mind’s eye,
lasting images to share.

That which we have added
to life’s experiences forming
a better understanding of self.

The desire, the drive to see 
what lies just over the next ridge,
on the other side of the mountain.

Our Sabino Canyon friends,
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome,
dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” *

— kenne

* Edward Abbey

 

 

A Great Way To Stay Young   2 comments

Turner with 2nd graders 20150115_095711 blogMr. T with 2nd Grade Students In Sabino Canyon (January 15, 2015) — Image by Phil Bentley

A great way to stay young is to spend a morning with five second grade students in Sabino Canyon on your seventy-four birthday. Today’s program, titled “Back to the Past”, was about the Hohokum peoples of the Sonoran Desert that use to inhabit the Tucson basin hundreds of years ago — covering such topics as hunting, gathering, farming, water, shelter, art and sports.

At one point I was talking about how the Hohokum dug canals from rivers to grow crops. 

One of the students asked, “What’s a canal?”

To which I replied, “It’s like a ditch, channel through which water runs from the river to the crops.”

The little girl said, “Oh, like a TV channel?” — “Out of the mouths of babes!”

A boy told me how he liked the hike and going by the dam, but added:

“I really don’t like how we stopped every 20 seconds, but I had a great time.” (Think he was telling me that I talk too much?)

Another great day outdoors with nature talking about the past with the future.

“. . . that fruitful miracle of communication in the midst of solitude.”

— Marcel Proust

kenne

Paperflower Plants In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Paperflower Plant (1 of 1)-2 blogPaperflower (Psilostrophe cooperi), November 10, 2014 — Image by kenne

The SCVN A Naturalist’s Guide To Sabino Canyon states:

Quarter-sized bright yellow composite flowers with 3-6 petals on bushy plants to 2 ft.
Thin, lance-shaped, gray-green leaves with white hairs. Blooms most reliably Apr-Jun. 
Fun Fact: Flowers fade to white and stay on long after blooming.

These plants are still providing much color this fall in Sabino Canyon.

kenne

 

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