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Smoke and Haze   Leave a comment

Smoke and Haze — Photo-Artistry by kenne

We hike the park trails

Maintaining social distance

Oh, yes, wearing masks.

— kenne

First Time In Awhile   3 comments

Jim and John Walking to the Broadway Trailhead In Saguaro National Park. — Images by kenne

Yesterday morning and this morning, it’s been cool enough to consider hiking in the desert.
So, when Tom called yesterday and asked me to go hiking, I felt a rush of energy pinned up since the spring.
Normally the hot desert days drive us up to Mt. Lemmon to hit the mountain trails.
However, this summer, the trails have been closed because of the Big Horn Fire.
So, this morning Jim, John, Tom, and I met at the usual meeting place outside the Bear Canyon branch
of the Pima County Library to mask-up and carpool to one of the many park trailheads.

Here in Tucson, we are not currently experiencing the orange sky the forest fires have created in California.
But, we have a haze covered sky coming from the many fires in the western states, making it easy to look directly at the sun.

Signs of our prolonged drought are everywhere. Even normally, drought-resistant plants are struggling.

We spent about 2 1/2 hours hiking various trails and washes in the Park. My friends have been hiking
these trails much longer than I, and if you are wondering, I’m the youngest of us.

HAPPY FEET!

Morning Sunlight — Saguaro National Park   Leave a comment

Saguaro Sunrise-art-72Morning Sunlight in the Saguaro National Park – East — Photo-Artistry by kenne

 

Santa Catalina Mountains Seen From SaguaroNational Park   Leave a comment

Santa Catanina Mountains - B&W-72-2Santa Catalina Mountains from Saguaro National Park — Image by kenne

GENEROSITY

She brings him the licks
of a good guitarist,
a jarful of sky

from the tallest mountain
she has  never bothered to climb,
shows him the shoeprint

of her favorite thief,
melting in a bank of April snow
just beyond her bedroom,

and when she kisses him
she tastes
a bundle of berries

too numerous to eat.
She stares into his beautiful
bloodshot eyes, believing

she looks
like the perfect gift
with those ribbons

in her hair; he cannot
refuse the ample lesson
her body was built

to provide. She has only
to ask him once
to fasten the fingers on

and set upon her nightly,
learning the stops
and limits of her song —

the vibrato of the dark
the spidery scales,
the frets along her spine.

— Charles Rafferty

 

Sunrise On Wildhorse Trail   1 comment

Wildhorse TrailSunrise On Wildhorse Trail (Saguaro National Park – East) — Image by kenne

“Knowledge of that which concerns us infinitely

is possible only in an attitude of infinite concern.”

― Paul Tillich

Twin Towers   5 comments

Twin Towers-B&W-72Twin Towers (Saguaro Cactus’ In Saguaro National Park-East, January 3, 2020)
— Image by kenne

There is something

about hiking

in the desert —

I’ve met that

something.

If your heart

was like mine

you would get it

and be with me.

— kenne

A Morning Hike In The Park   Leave a comment

Morning In The Park-72A Morning Hike In Saguaro National Park Hike-East (01/03/20)– Image by kenne

On the trail a morning haze

Slowly disappears as the sun

Lifts over the mountains

Across rocks and cactus

Leaving behind still air

Warmed as the sun

Moves desert shadows

Plants shinning with dew

A picture I try to capture

Lost in the passing moment

Hiking the desert trails

Looking down the miles

Collecting memories

To be lost with time

But not in mind.

— kenne

See You On The Trail   Leave a comment

Saguaro Nat. Park-72-2“See You On The Trail” (Saguaro National Park, 01/03/20) — Image by kenne

See you on the trail

Dancing creosols stir the air

Lost in the beauty.

— kenne

Hiking Wildhorse Trail In Saguaro National Park   Leave a comment

After a day of rain in the Tucson basin and snow on Mt. Lemmon, Tom, John, Jim and I
hiked the Wildhorse Trail in the Saguaro National Park-East.Wild Horse Trail-8.jpg

Wild Horse Trail-18-72

Wild Horse Trail-22-72

Wild Horse-16-72Click Here To See More Wildhorse Trail Images by kenne

Some critic tried to put me down —
“Your poems lack the Basic Truth of Tao”
And I recall the old-times
Who were poor and didn’t care.
I have to laugh at him,
He misses the point entirely,
Men like that
Ought to stick to making money.

— Gary Snyder

 

 

Desert Spiny On His Throne   Leave a comment

Desert Spiny (46 of 133) blogDesert Spiny Lizard On His Throne — Image by kenne

Kiss me if you like
Better like a lot of tongue
I’m a great lover.

— kenne

 

Loma Alta Trail   Leave a comment

Hope Camp-0903 blogLoma Alta Trailhead Saguaro National Park — Image by kenne

This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man’s hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star.

— from “The Hollow Men” by T.S. Eliot

Our First Gila Monster Of The Season   Leave a comment

gila monster-1632 blogGila Monster — Image by kenne

Not monsters at all, Gila monsters are one of the few species of venomous lizards on the planet. These carnivores are classified as near threatened and are native to the Sonoran Desert. We saw this lizard moving near and under desert bushes in the Saguaro National Park yesterday. Although these carnivores are classified as near threatened, they can be commonly seen this time of year scavenging for food after spending the winter underground.

— kenne

Cold Blooded and Warm Blooded Animals Are On The Move   2 comments

Desert Spinny Lizard-1661 blogDesert Spiny Lizard in the Saguaro National Park (April 2, 2018) — Image by kenne

Most days here in the Sonoran Desert are averaging in the 80’s causing reptiles to be on the move and our “snowbird” friends to start packing for their journey north. 

With morning lows around 50 degrees, this Desert Spiny (Sceloporus magister) was more interested in sunning than our nearby presence. This native of the Sonoran Desert is a large (up to about 142 mm or 5.6″ from snout to vent), stocky lizard with large, pointed, keeled, overlapping scales. The Desert Spiny can live up to six years, which explains the one that has been a patio friend for several years now, which I visit with each day. 

— kenne

 

Sunrise On Wildhorse Trail   Leave a comment

Wildhorse TrailSunrise On Wildhorse Trail — Image by kenne

No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have
no capacity for living now.

— Alan Watts

Carillo Trail   1 comment

Carillo Trail (1 of 1)_edited-1 blogCarillo Trail — Image by kenne

The Carillo Trail will be part of  the Douglas Springs Trail, Garwood Trail and Carillo Trail Loop we will be hiking on December 18th.

kenne

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