Archive for the ‘Santa Catalina Mountains’ Tag

Aspen Fall Colors On Mt. Lemmon — Abstract Art   Leave a comment

Aspen Fall Colors On Mt. Lemmon — Abstract Art by kenne

A tangle of leaves

Shimmering in a light breeze

To its own music.

— kenne

Sleepy Orange & Dainty Sulphur Butterflies   Leave a comment

Sleepy Orange & Dainty Sulphur Butterflies On Narrow-leaf Aster Wildflowers (Santa Catalina Mountains) — Image by kenne

“And anyway, what is the difference between self-knowledge and self-obsession?
One encourages a defeat of the ego, the other encourages a feeding of the ego.
One a deeper experience of connection to ourselves, which enables a more 
nourishing connection to others. The other, disdain for the deeper needs of the self,
which leads to disdain of others.”

— from On Connection by Kae Tempest

Monsoon Clouds   Leave a comment

Monsoon Clouds Over the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

A rainy day is a perfect time to walk in the mountains.

— kenne

Clouds Over The Catalinas   Leave a comment

Clouds Over The Catalinas — Image by kenne

The monsoon brought below-average rain this year

that is unless you are up in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Too Close To The Edge   Leave a comment

Tucson Basin, August 31, 2022 — Panorama Image by kenne

Blue sky above

a winding highway

on a sunkissed morning.

Tourists in rental cars

stop at Windy Point vista

climbing boulders

for a better view — 

children too close

to the edge.

— kenne

Monsoon Weather Has Moved On   Leave a comment

Monsoon Weather Has Moved On — Santa Catalina Mountains Image by kenne

Windy Point Vista   1 comment

Panorama Video by kenne

This is a panoramic view of the Tucson basin with a segment of the Catalina highway below that leads up to Mt. Lemmon.

Sycamore Canyon Painting   Leave a comment

Sycamore Canyon Painting — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I think back

Hiking the canyon

Up and down.

— kenne

Camphorweed Blossoms On Mt. Lemmon   Leave a comment

Camphorweed Blossoms On Mt. Lemmon (August 31, 2022) — Image by kenne

Photographer

He focuses,
greens and yellows
blooming has started
surrounded by buds

museling their way
to the next stage
unraveling on 
writhing stems.

— kenne

Arizona Sunset   Leave a comment

Mountains of Southeast Arizona — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Arizona – Land of extremes. Land of contrasts. Land of surprises. Land of contradictions.”

Baby Jesus Trail In The Catalina Mountains   Leave a comment

Baby Jesus Trail Near Catalina, AZ — Panorama by kenne created by merging three images in Photoshop

This trail is one of several hiking trails on the southwestern slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Standing At Nature’s Alter   2 comments

Standing At Nature’s Alter — Image by kenne (Monday Morning Milers — August 29, 2011)

Standing at Nature’s Alter

When we stand at the
altar of nature,
we stand with the greats;
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Henry David Thoreau,
and John Muir,
each having helped define
our relationship
with nature and language —

“Every natural fact is a symbol
of some spiritual fact,
. . . words are signs of natural facts.”

Nature’s beauty becomes
a source of spiritual energy
connecting all things
into a universal whole
with the power of our
thoughts and will.

We stand at nature’s altar
not separate from her,
seeing us in the flowers,
insects, animals, mountains,
creating a unified landscape
of our inward and outward senses.

Like all relationships,
the experience depends
on the degree of harmony
between us and nature,
therefore becoming a gift
granted while walking with nature
as she is embraced in our minds –

Enlighten, she shares her secrets,
making the universe more “transparent.”
Yet, the gift may only offer a glimpse,
to be shared in images and words,
charming all living things.

— kenne

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. — John Muir

Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly   2 comments

Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly — Image by kenne

The great purple hairstreak, Atlides halesus (Cramer), is a fascinating butterfly.  Although its preferred
and most frequently used common name is great purple hairstreak, it does not have any accurate purple
coloring. A few publications use the name great blue hairstreak, which is more appropriate.
I spotted this guy on our patio

— kenne

Mined If I Squzze In   Leave a comment

Three White-winged Doves with a Mourning Dove Trying to Hold On for Dear Life at the Same Feeder — Image by kenne

Greet each man with words of love
And peace,
And a dove will be placed
On an olive tree.

— from Peace of Man Suzy Kassem

Saguaro Cactus In The Canyon   Leave a comment

A Many-Armed Saguaro Cactus (Sabino Canyon) — Image by kenne

Mighty Saguaro

Saguaro cacti rise up like mighty sentinels 
boldly claiming the high desert plains
tall and proud, their prickly arms
forewarn intruders to stop and beware.

A daunting presence, bold and majestic
toughness flows through their cacti veins
Saguaro endure long hours in the barren wilderness 
their roots persevere under the dry, hard crust.

With no respite, save for the night
Saguaro rule valiantly in a god forsaken land.

— Laura Leiser

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