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Riding The Arizona Trail On Horseback   Leave a comment

Riding The Arizona Trail On Horseback in Sycamore Canyon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Canyon from Horseback

The young don’t know enough
About being young
They squander youth
And never know ’til later.

Any lad of twelve will testify
An eight-year-old can’t even qualify
To be a child
At eighteen our own ignorance
At fifteen is finally written
In language we comprehend:
We know the score
Reality’s the icing on the cake
Of youthful fantasies;
When the young grow old
They know a lot
About being young
But almost nothing
About being old.

— Jack Purcell from Poems of the New Old West

 

Naturalists To Resume Mountain Hikes   Leave a comment

SCVN Friday Hikes In The Santa Catalina Mountains To Resume This Summer — Image from 2017

The last Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN) hike was March 2020. The National Forest Service has authorized the SCVN to begin Friday Hikes this June on Mt. Lemmon. The Forest Service will require all volunteers to wear masks at all times while volunteering. The groups will be smaller and maintain social distancing.

— kenne

Creosote Bush Blossoms   2 comments

Spring In The Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne

The Creosote bush is a plant of extremes: it is a widely used medicinal plant; it is the most drought tolerant
perennial in North America, and it may be the oldest living plant.

 

Creosote (Larrea tridentata), also known as greasewood, is the most common shrub in three of the four north American deserts.
It is too cold in the Great Basin Desert of Nevada, but it thrives in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan deserts.
Creosote is an evergreen shrub, commonly up to six feet tall or taller, that has tiny green leaves, yellow flowers,
and grey-fuzzy fruit. It flowers several times a year depending on rainfall. —
Source: Arizona Daily Independent

Ravens Gathering On The Ridge   1 comment

Ravens Gathering On The Ridge — Image by kenne

Ravens on the ridge

Gather for the funeral

Death is without end.

— kenne

 

Spring   Leave a comment

New Mexico Groundsel — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Spring

Spring is proof

that we were right to hope

even in the darkness.

— Samantha Reynolds

(NY Times readers were invited to share an original poem
of about 15 words on the theme of renewal. This was on of them.)

 

Thistles In Molino Basin   Leave a comment

Thistles in Molino Basin — Image by kenne

A Grassy Meadow Known As Thimble Flat   Leave a comment

A Grassy Meadow Known as Thimble Flat  (Thimble Peak On the Left) — Image by kenne

Thimble Flat

We gathered early one November morning,

now we were going to turn words into action 

by hiking six miles to climb Thimble Peak.

Starting at the Gordon Hirabayashi Campground, 

we hiked the Sycamore Canyon trail to the

Bear Canyon trail, then leaving the trail at a flat

grassy meadow called Thimble Flat to traverse

around a deep gulley, making our way through rocks

and brush to the base of Thimble Peak, where we paused

to determine the best way to climb this pinnacle on a

mountain ridge, overlooking Tucson known as Thimble Peak.

— kenne

Spring Wildflowers In The Sonoran Desert   Leave a comment

Spring Wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne

A very dry spring

Some wildflowers beat the odds

Flaunting the experts.

— kenne

Morning In The Canyon   Leave a comment

Morning In The Canyon (Pima Canyon) — Image by kenne

Daylight comes earlier

with each passing day

I dress in translucent light

as the fading shadows 

of night slowly move on.

I will leave soon to hike

in a nearby canyon

still, I pause taking time

to read poetry before leaving

preparing my thoughts

to be with nature.

— kenne

Lupine In The Desert   1 comment

Lupine In The Desert — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.”

 
— Edward Abbey
 

Lily Of The Desert   1 comment

Mariposa Lily — Image by kenne

I cherish the solitude

of walking alone in nature —

no feelings of loneness

where everything around

me is alive and alert

to my presence

a spirit of closeness

and unity serving

in ecstatic integration.

— kenne

Goodding Verbena   Leave a comment

Goodding Verbena — Image by kenne

It’s amazing what a little rain can do in the desert.

Oral Valley/Tucson Basin Panorama   1 comment

Oral Valley/ Tucson Basin Panorama by kenne

This panorama was created from three images taken from Wasson Peak, atop the Tucson Mountains March 13, 2015.
The Tortolita Mountains are to the left, Santa Catalina Mountains in the middle,
and the Rincon Mountain off to the right.

Overnight Snow In Tucson   2 comments

Tucson received some snow over night (March 13, 2021) — Images by kenne

I Look Beyond Flowers   1 comment

Desert Rosemallow — Image by kenne

As I looked beyond

the flowers in the canyon

curvature of the

desert basin begins,

rolling across dried river beds 

to the west where

the sun sets each day

beyond the Tucson Mountains

starting a new day 

somewhere in the east.

— kenne

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