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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.


Hiking the Douglas Springs, Carillo, Garwood Loop   2 comments


Hiking the Douglas Spring, Carillo, Garwood Loop In The Saguaro National Park (December 19, 2014)
— Images by kenne

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

― John Muir, Our National Parks

Sendero Esperanza Trail View North   Leave a comment

Panther Peak (1 of 1) blog framed

Panther Peak (1 of 1)-2 B-W blog framedPanther Peak and Sombrero Peak, Saguaro National Park – West in the Tucson Mountains northeast of Tucson, Arizona. —
View from the Sendero Esperanza Trail Hiking To Wasson Peak Images by kenne (March 14, 2014)

Kitt Peak National Observatory   5 comments

Desert Museum-9764 blogKitt Peak National Observatory taken from Saguaro National Park (west), which is about 45 miles way. Image by kenne

Located in he Schuk Toak District on the Tohono O’odham Nation, Kitt Peak National Observatory supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth. Founded in 1958, the observatory operates three major nighttime telescopes and hosts the facilities of consortia which operate 22 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes.


Live view at the time of this posting. Source: KPNO

Live view at the time of this posting. Source: KPNO

Cholla Forest In The Sonoran Desert   4 comments

Panther Pear Hike-Panorama blog FramedCholla Forest at the Base of Panther Peak in the Tucson Mountains — Panorama Image by kenne

Sonoran Desert
by Tara Trewinnard-Boyle

How lucky am I? I have found my home!
In the place of dust and rock where the lizards run,
Where hot winds whip and the sun sears through a lapis colored sky.
Where Saguaros march uninhibited across the arid land.
Miles and miles of emptiness: freedom.

This is the place where Mother Nature still shows her true beauty.
Wild and uncompromising, she cuts me down to my rightful size.
Teaching me to live without; demand less; appreciate more.
Silently reminding me that the race is of my own making.
I can be free.

I have found my home. Not the home I was born to but where I belong.
The ache of leaving weighs heavy in my heart.
But today I can carry with me a gift, humbly offered to all who seek.
The desert is more than a place; it is a state of mind.
It is life and death, land and sky, struggle and freedom.

Slow! Your frantic pace does not matter here.
Breathe and be grounded in your humanness.
Be still and find your small place in this vast world.
You belong, just as you are. In the silence you can find peace.
This is the gift of the desert; for which I am eternally grateful.

Capturing The Moment — White-Winged Dove Perched On Saguaro Cactus Fruit   7 comments

Sabino Canyon & Sonoran Desert ToadsWhite-Winged Dove Perched On Saguaro Cactus Fruit — Image by kenne

Hiking Green Mountain Trail To Guthrie Peak   3 comments

Green Mountain Trail

A Panoramic View of the San Pedro Valley from the Green Mountain Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountain (north).

Green Mountain Trail
View from the Green Mountain Trail south toward Tucson with Thimble Peak in the crosshairs. Thimble Peak is the Highest Point in Sabino Canyon. — Images by kenne
Click here to see a slideshow of  photos taken on this SCVN lead hike last week.

Wildflowers On The King Canyon Trail To Wasson Peak   8 comments

King Canyon To Wasson Peak

Kings Canyon Trail — Images by kenne

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Wildflower Slideshow by kenne

King Canyon To Wasson Peak

Panorama of Wasson Peak Near The Top

SCVN guided hike to Wasson Peak via Kings Canyon trail, which is about a seven mile (roundtrip) hike and elevation gain of 1,900 ft.
Some of our hikers made only the Kings Canyon trail to the first saddle since we were experiencing unusually warm record-setting temperatures (the mid-90’s).

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people
are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home;
that wilderness is a necessity…”
― John Muir

Capturing The Moment — Panorama Views Along The Turkey Creek Trail   6 comments

Turkey Creek TrailPanorama made from three images, looking south along the eastern rim of The Rincon Mountains

Turkey Creek TrailPanorama of the Rincon Mountains made from three images. Each panorama was taken along the Turkey Creek Trail In Happy Valley, East of The Rincon’s. Turkey Creek Trail is a section of The Arizona Trail, east of Tucson. The trail leads into the Saguaro National Park, home of North America’s largest cacti, the giant saguaro. However, as these images show, the rolling hills and canyons of the east-side of the Rincon’s are in stark contrast to the saguaro forest location at the lower elevation of the west-side of the mountains.— Images by kenne

Panther Peak And Sombrero Peaks — Panorama Views   Leave a comment

Cam Boh Trails 01-21-13

Cam Boh Trails 01-21-13L-R: Panther Peak and Sombrero Peak as Viewed from the Cam-Boh Trail — Images by kenne

Panther Peak

Early Morning Hike In Saguaro National Park   10 comments

With the sun rising over the Rincon Mountains, east of Tucson in the Saguaro National Park,
The Monday Morning Milers begin hiking the Wildhorse Trail in a chilly 32 degree fall morning.

The Wildhorse Trail is very dusty from no rain in several months.

The desert grasses glow from the morning sun.

The trail leads toward one of the canyons along the Wildhorse Trail.

The park, named after the beautiful giant saguaro cactus, is occasionally graced by the rear crested saguaro cactus.

The saguaro cactus are rarely found in groups, such as this group of twelve 20 to 70-year-old saguaros.

Images by kenne

Long after death, the ribs of saguaro remain standing, a shadow of its live self.


Capturing The Moment — Wasson Peak, Saguaro National Park – West   1 comment

View South From Atop Wasson Peak in Saguaro National Park – West, January 30, 2012 — Image by kenne

Hiking Panther Peak In The Tucson Mountains   4 comments

Paul and Jim On The Cam-Boa Trail Headed Toward Panther Peak — Image by kenne

We left the Cam-Boh Picnic Area , located off Picture Rocks Road, on the Cam-Boa trail at the western edge of the Tucson Mountain District of the Saguaro National Park – West. Part of this trail in the Panther Peak Wash, however we cut across the wash headed toward the draw or gully between Panther Peak and Sombrero Peak to the east. This time of year the floor of the desert is showing a lot of green from the early growth of desert wild-flowers.

Once near the base of the two peaks, the hike becomes a fun bush whack climb to the saddle between the peaks. This part of the park is beautiful, as is most of the Tucson Mountains — plenty of large saguaros, palo verde trees and cholla cactusMy hiking partners, Jim and Paul, shared time leading as we tried to pick the best route up through the draw, trying to spot an occasional cairn. Stopping along the way, I took several photos, some meant to form panorama images of the surrounding mountains.
Looking back down through the draw between Panther Peak and Sombrero Peak, with Wasson Peak in the distance.
This is a fun hike with beautiful views in every direction. People who know the area well can probably point out many of the southern Arizona landmarks. Click here to see a slide show of photos taken, Monday, January 9, 2012. 
Paul and Jim At The Top Of Panther Peak — Images by kenne
Happy Hiking!

Capturing the Moment — Death of A Giant Saguaro Cactus   9 comments

A casualty of extreme weather, July, 2011 — Image by kenne

inspiration for “Nude Runners” November, 2011 — Image by kenne

Nude Runners 1st Posted November 10, 2010 — Image by kenne

Saguaro Cactus are large trees that live to be hundreds of years old. It is one of the defining plants of the Sonoran Desert. Like this Saguaro in Tanuri Ridge, these plants are large, tree-like columnar cacti that develop branches (or arms) as they age, although some never grow arms. The number of arms and the likely age of this particular plant, may have helped shorten this plant’s life due to current long drought and unusually cold weather this past winter. Our Saguaro was one impressive plant when I first photographed it last November.  I’m sure that over the life of this plant, it experienced harsh conditions, but none as sever as the last nine months. Even with some of the arms actually reaching down to help support this giant (most Saguaro arms point up), our freaky weather took its toll.

Its many arms help depict many images in one’s “mind’s eye”, i.e., runners embracing one another at the finish line, or a symbol of, “He out heavy, he’s my brother.” Although the age of this plant is hard for this novice to determine, the Saguaro rarely grows its arms until after the age of 75. Definitely a slow maturer, the cactus only puts up a main stem or spike, for three-quarters of a century, during which it might grow as high as a foot after fifteen years, and even seven feet after fifty years. Yet, for many, they may still not have any arms. As the images show, this “big guy” in Tanuri Ridge had a lot of arms, all of which now lie helpless on the ground near the Rillito River.

This is a big loss to those of us who walk the Tanuri Ridge trails along the riverside. As someone who loves to “capture the moment,” the two (several exist from each shooting) I have near the end of its long life only causes one to challenge the imagination as to other moments that might have been captured over the years. At one time, there was running water in the river with large cottonwoods lining its edge — just imagine! Such imaginative moments are priceless.


National Park Week   Leave a comment

Saguaro National Park

Cam-Boh Trail in the Saguaro National Park — Image by kenne

Tucson is located in the Sonoran Desert, one of the natural beauties of the American southwest and has one of our great National Parks, the Saguaro National Park. Since this is National Park Week, I would be remiss not to share some information on our neighbor park. The park is divided into two sections, lying about 20 miles east and 15 miles (24 km) west of the center of Tucson. Each section includes ranges of significant hills, the Tucson Mountains in the west and the Rincon Mountains in the east. The park gets its name from the saguaro cactus which is native to the region. Many other kinds of cactus, including barrel cactuscholla cactus, and prickly pear, are also abundant in the park. 

The park was established as Saguaro National Monument on March 1, 1933, and changed to a national park on October 14, 1994. For more information on the park, click here.


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