Archive for the ‘Santa Catalina Mountains’ Tag

Mountain Shadows   Leave a comment

Mountain Shadows (Santa Catalina Mountains) — Image by kenne

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”

— Susan Sontag

Bear Canyon   Leave a comment

Bear Canyon — Image by kenne

Bear Canyon trail 
a scenic hike
to seven falls
a favorite spring
hiking destination.

— kenne

Keep Pushing Against All Odds   Leave a comment

Image by kenne

Keep Pushing Against All Odds.

— kenne

Fountain Grass   Leave a comment

Fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum) In Sabino Canyon Recreation Area — Image by kenne

Fountain Grass is a perennial bunchgrass with attractive purple or green flowers. It is an ornamental plant that is still sold in nurseries. Although some nursery varieties are considered “sterile,” no varieties are recommended for planting and landscaping. Fountain grass is a close relative of buffelgrass, the most problematic invasive species in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Fountain grass is present in much of the western United States and is a big problem invasive species in Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and California. 

Fountain grass is a native of Africa. Fountain grass seed was first available in the US around 1880and has been cultivated as an ornamental plant in Tucson since 1940. Records document that fountain grass began establishing itself in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson as early as 1946. 

Fountain grass can form dense stands with several undesirable effects. It provides a large amount of fuel for hot fires that can destroy native plants and animals. It displaces native grasses, blocks the natural flow of water in washes, and alters animals’ habitat, particularly frogs and toads that are sensitive to such changes. Source: National Park Service

Acorn   2 comments

Acorn — Image by kenne

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ventana Canyon   1 comment

Ventana Canyon — Images by kenne (Click On Any Image for Slideshow View)

Catalina Front Ridge   Leave a comment

Catalina Front Ridge In Tucson (January 27, 2021) — Image by kenne

Got a dusting of snow on the south ridge, with over 12 inches at the higher elevation.
Mt. Lemmon and other higher elevations are blocked in this view
from our patio in Tanuri Ridge.

— kenne

The Sky Is Low   4 comments

The Sky is low — the Clouds are mean’ — Image by kenne

A few days ago, Frank Hudson posted an analysis of this little poem by Emily Dickinson. I continue to learn a lot from Frank’s posts, his summaries, and music.
 
His efforts remind me of my sophomore English teacher, who was dealt the hand of teaching an all jock class of young boys. During every class, she would read at least one poem. She was like the mother taking her children to the museum, hoping to instill some humanity. At the time, we thought she was wasting her’s and our time. Time has proven otherwise. 
 
Although I don’t have anywhere near Frank’s analysis skills, I enjoy reading and learning from his posts.
 
— kenne

The Sky is low — the Clouds are mean.
A Travelling Flake of Snow
Across a Barn or through a Rut
Debates if it will go —

A Narrow Wind complains all Day
How some one treated him
Nature, like Us is sometimes caught
Without her Diadem.

— Emily Dickinson

Clearing The Forest Floor   2 comments

Clearing The Forest Floor (Santa Catalina Mountains) — Images by kenne

The Forest Service tries to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfire by actively managing the landscape and its fuels. By increasing the spacing between trees and bushes and removing dead and fallen vegetation, we can create a better chance for healthy trees and plants to withstand a wildfire. The above photos show work done by stacking dead and small vegetation that become part of controlled burns in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

— kenne

A Stream On The Mountain   1 comment

A Stream Near Romero Pools In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Small streams feed the pools

Taking rain and melting snow

To the desert floor.

— kenne

A Wintery Morning In Tucson   1 comment

Northwest View from the Patio (Catalina Foothills) — Image by kenne

The clouds opened up just log enough to get this photo this morning. 

 

Patio Panorama Northwest View

The view now is solid gray.

Patio Panorama Southern View (Look carefully and you will see large Snowflakes)

So far we have receive about an inch of rain here in Tucson with Mt Lemmon getting 12 inches of snow.
We need the moisture after 2020 being the driest year on record.

— kenne

Snow On The Mountain   1 comment

Snow On Mt. Lemmon, Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

First Snow

The snow
began here
this morning and all day
continued, its white
rhetoric everywhere
calling us back to why, how,
whence such beauty and what
the meaning; such
an oracular fever! flowing
past windows, an energy it seemed
would never ebb, never settle
less than lovely! and only now,
deep into night,
it has finally ended.
The silence
is immense,
and the heavens still hold
a million candles, nowhere
the familiar things:
stars, the moon,
the darkness we expect
and nightly turn from. Trees
glitter like castles
of ribbons, the broad fields
smolder with light, a passing
creekbed lies
heaped with shining hills;
and though the questions
that have assailed us all day
remain — not a single
answer has been found —
walking out now
into the silence and the light
under the trees,
and through the fields,
feels like one.

— Mary Oliver

I Dream of A Quiet Man   1 comment

Fiddleneck Wildflowers — Photo-Artistry 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 

A Fleabane Winter   Leave a comment

Arizona Fleabane Wildflower — Image by kenne

The Year Of The Bighorn Fire   2 comments

The Year of the Bighorn Fire and COVID In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

our bad year that was
air filled with smoke and virus
one gone one here

— kenne

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