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Looking for Sonoran Toads in Sabino Canyon   2 comments

Above the Dam-2971 blogThe monsoon rains bring new life to the Sonoran Desert. This past week has experienced some very good rain fall, especially in the mountains. The start of the monsoon season brings out the Sonoran toads, but they breed in water, and even with the recent rains we have had several months of no rain and Sabino Creek remains dry. The above photo was taken this morning, but based on sighting a few miles up the creek, there maybe water flowing over the dam by night fall.

Sonoran Toads-2964 blogDown from the dam, there are few pools of water that Jeanne, Dan and I explored this morning and found some toads. The mating season will last only a few days, so with more rain expected today and tomorrow, and with water coming down the creek, the toads will probably be very active the next couple of days.

— kenne

Images by kenne

 

Sabino Dam in June — NOW WE WAIT   Leave a comment

Sabino Dam Panorama blog-Sabino Dam in June — Panorama by kenne

NOW WE WAIT

The creek has run dry
now we wait
now we wait for rain
from monsoon storms
soon to form
over 
desert mountains
now we wait
now we wait daring
these days of dust.

— kenne

Sabino Creek Above The Dam   1 comment

Sabino Creek above the Dam-1326 blogSabino Creek Above The Dam — Image by kenne

Desert Oasis
Shaded escape from the heat —
Nature’s waterhole.

Sometimes drying up
Before the monsoon season —
Desert high and dry.

— kenne

Solitude — “I’ll Take Mine On The Rocks!”   1 comment

Sabino Dam-02-12-14-0027-blog“Spring On The Rocks” (Sabino Creek near the dam.) — Image by kenne

“When you sit in silence long enough, you learn that silence has a motion.
It glides over you without shape or form, exactly like water.
Its color is silver.
And silence has a sound you hear only after hours of wading inside it.
The sound is soft, like flute notes rising up, like the words of glass speaking.
Then there comes a point when you must shatter the blindness of its words,
the blindness of its light.”

― Anne Spollen, The Shape of Water

Water Over The Bridge — Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Recent rains at the lower levels of the Santa Catalina Mountains and snow on Mt. Lemmon have resulted in Sabino Creek flowing over the low-water bridges in Sabino Canyon. These bridges were built in the 1930’s and are still providing tram access almost four miles into the canyon for visitors. 

The current water level is down quite a bit from a week ago when the bridges were all covered entirely by the flowing water, now the over the bridge flow is maintained by the daily snowmelt on Mt. Lemmon.

— kenne

Images by kenne
(Click on any of the images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

High Water Over Low Water Crossing   Leave a comment

bear-canyon-low-water-crossing-blogHigh Water Over Low Water Crossing (Bear Canyon Bridge, January 1, 2017) — Image by kenne

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you again
Been walking

— from Fire and Rain by James Taylor

Winter Rains And High Water   1 comment

sabino-dam-0322-blogWinter Rains and High Water Over The Sabino Dam — Image by kenne

Now you see it, now you don’t is a good way of describing water in the desert. Just three weeks ago there was no water coming over the dam in Sabino Canyon. We had about an inch over the weekend with much more up in the mountains that will continue to cause flow over the dam for a while now.  

 

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