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Common Sneezeweed   Leave a comment

Common Sneezeweed in the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

A sign of spring in the upper elevations of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

I Walked The Mountain Trail   Leave a comment

Western Honey Bee On Chicory   Leave a comment

Western Honey Bee On Chicory Wildflower — Image by kenne

Western honey bee

On chicory wildflower

Spring is everywhere.

— kenne

Hiking The Bug Springs Trail   2 comments

Bug Springs April 2013Images by kenne

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Slideshow of Monday Morning Milers Hiking The Bug Springs Trail (Elevation — 5,000 to 6,500 ft) — Images by kenne

Aspen Colors On Mt. Lemmon   1 comment

Aspen Colors On Mt. Lemmon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

On top of Mt. Lemmon

the setting sun casts shadows

honoring this priceless moment

concealed in the colors,

sunk deep in the flesh.

— kenne

Picturing Sabino — A Door To The Past   Leave a comment

On the morning of April 4, 2023, the creator of the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists organization,
David Wentworth Lazaroff gave a talk on his new book, Picturing Sabino.

Picturing Sabino represents three decades of work on the history of Sabino Canyon.

David became fascinated by Sabino Canyon while working there as an environmental education specialist from 1977 to 1986.

Picturing Sabino tells the story of the canyon’s transformation from a barely known oasis, miles from a small nineteenth-century town, into an immensely popular recreation area on the edge of a modern metropolis. Covering a century of change, from 1885 to 1985,
this work rejoices in the canyon’s natural beauty and also relates the ups and downs of its protection and enjoyment.

Picturing Sabino — Video by kenne

Santa Catalina Paintbrush Wildflowers   Leave a comment

Santa Catalina Paintbrush Wildflowers — HDR Image by kenne

“So I ran, fearing not where I’d go
When a flower grows wild
It can always survive
Wildflowers don’t care where they grow.”

— Dolly Parton

Santa Catalina Mountains Panorama: Western View   Leave a comment

Santa Catalina Mountains Panorama: Western View from Wasson Peak– Image by kenne

“The day warmed and on the margins of a steep ravine splitting the side of the mesa I found dry rocks to scramble up. I liked that about the desert.
Morning snow and afternoon warmth, the winter equivalent of a spring freshet, but for which I had no word. In some ways, words were superfluous.
They didn’t help—no words came to mind—as I pulled on a loose boulder and leaped awkwardly out of the way of its crashing descent,
its delicate angle of repose inadvertently re-reposed. All the rocks in this ravine were similarly precarious, and I continued with greater care
as the ravine steepened near the top of the mesa. I had lost sight of the ravens, and they of me. I had not spotted a
bighorn sheep the entire day. I was pleased the boulder did not take me with it.”

— from 1/21/21 by David Jenkins

(Anthropologist David Jenkins is the author of Nature and Bureaucracy: The Wildness of Managed Landscapes (Routledge 2022). He has taught at MIT and Bates College and worked in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. For the last dozen years, he has worked in public lands management, where he tries to do some good for the planet.


Spring In The Santa Catalina Mountains   Leave a comment

Spring In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Upper Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Upper Sabino Canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains, as Seen from Blackett’s Ridge — Image by kenne

For ten years, I have hiked many trails

In these Santa Catalina Mountains. 

Stopping from time to time to watch things

As nature goes about its many changes.

White clouds gather above canyons and peaks.

The blue sky makes a good quilt as 

The Sabino Canyon trail goes on and on.

— kenne

Blackett’s Ridge Trail   Leave a comment

Hiking Blackett’s Ridge — Image by kenne

We were hiking on Blackett’s Ridge

When the view called me over

For a moment of meditation —

The existence of a beautiful view

Is to take time to stop. 

— kenne

Poppies Are Popping   Leave a comment

Poppies are Popping In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

I dream of a quiet man
who explains nothing and defends
nothing, but only knows
where the rarest wildflowers
are blooming, and who goes,
and finds that he is smiling
not by his own will.

— Wendell Berry

Catalina Mountains Snow At The Lower Elevations   Leave a comment

Catalina Mountains Snow At The Lower Elevations — Image by kenne

It’s mid-morning, and the snow we received here in Tanuri Ridge has melted.
Also, the clouds covering the Santa Catalina Mountains have moved on. 

— kenne

Sabino Canyon Morning, February 28, 2023   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon Morning, February 28, 2023 — HDR Image by kenne

A morning walk in the desert

can be so invigorating

to the body

and the soul —

try it sometime.

— kenne

Caught On The Run   Leave a comment

Caught On the Run in Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

First, there was the clicking, 

A sound caused by bill rattling.

Quickly, he had my attention

When I saw him on the run

Through the dry desert grass.

— kenne

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