Archive for the ‘Santa Catalina Mountains’ Tag

Half Moon Art   Leave a comment

Near Hutch’s Pool in the Santa Catalina Mountains (11/18/11) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

For what is the moon, that it haunts us,
this impudent companion immigrated
from the system’s less fortunate margins,
the realm of dust collected in orbs?

— from the poem Half Moon, Small Cloud by John Updike

The Sky Above, The Earth Below   1 comment

View Above Hutch’s Pool In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

“In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant,
it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches,
and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.”

— John P. Milton

Arizona’s State Butterfly   Leave a comment

The Two-tailed Swallowtail is Arizona’s State Butterfly — Image by kenne

“The adult butterfly (also commonly called two-tailed tiger swallowtail) has yellow
to orangish-yellow wings edged thickly with black. Each wing has 4 almost parallel stripes

(the innermost stripe is the longest, while the outermost two may simply be bars).
The hindmost part of each wing has a curved row of blue patches and below the blue
are several bars or spots of orange. Two tails extend from the rear of the hind wing,
with the innermost tail considerably shorter.”

 

Fall In The Catalinas   Leave a comment

Fall In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

“Live each season as it passes;
breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit,
and resign yourself to the influences of each.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Upper Sabino Canyon Panorama   Leave a comment

Three images merged in Photoshop to create this Panorama by kenne

Making The Best Out Of What Remains   1 comment

Making The Best Out Of What Remains’ — Image by kenne

Hiking in the fall

The mountains drought continues

Still no sign of rain.

— kenne

Tarantula on Bug Springs Trail   1 comment

Tarantula on Bug Springs Trail (November 13, 2020) — Image by kenne

I spotted the young tarantula while hiking the Bug Springs trail last Friday
in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The trail’s elevation is between 5,000/6,000′
elevation as we continue hiking at lower levels of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

— kenne

Mountain Wildflowers   Leave a comment

Wildflowers on Mt. Lemmon, Santa Catalina Mountains — Images by kenne

What is the late November doing
With the disturbance of the spring
And creatures of the summer heat,
And snowdrops writhing under feet
And hollyhocks that aim too high
Red into grey and tumble down
Late roses filled with early snow?
Thunder rolled by the rolling stars
Simulates triumphal cars
Deployed in constellated wars
Scorpion fights against the sun
Until the Sun and Moon go down
Comets weep and Leonids fly
Hunt the heavens and the plains
Whirled in a vortex that shall bring
The world to that destructive fire
Which burns before the ice-cap reigns

— from Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot

Aspen Draw Trail — Fall Colors   1 comment

Aspen Draw Trail On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

 

Walk the mountain trails

Beauty is all around us

Never to forget.

 

The words miss the mark

If only they could capture

The moment in time.

 

So, we keep trying

To share visual moments

And all its beauty.


— kenne

 

Cabin In The Woods   1 comment

Cabin In The Woods (Mt. Lemmon) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I wish I could escape to that cabin in the woods,
Where the trees have a face like no other.
And those trees play songs,
with the breeze sweeping through their branches.
I wish I could hear their songs.
Not just hear, but to actively listen
Because they fill their chords with notes of love.
I want their tunes to brush my ear
and their leaves to gently cover me from above.
The leaves that don’t crunch or wither or die.
The leaves are full of ever-increasing life.
When the fallen leaves have touched my skin
Chills cover my flesh and shoot me with a sensation.
I have been touched by this gracious life.

— from Cabin In The Woods by Little.Bird

Fall On The Mountain   1 comment

Mt. Lemmon Colors — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The closer you get to nature

the more your personal values 

become your reason for living.

— kenne

Clouds Over The Mountains   1 comment

Clouds Above the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

This is the second time I have posted,
I wandered lonely as a Cloud,
on this blog, the first time was September 21, 2013.
This image caused me to post this beautiful Wordsworth poem again. 
 
 

I wandered lonely as a Cloud
   That floats on high o’er Vales and Hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
   A host of golden Daffodils;
Beside the Lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
   And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
   Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
   Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:—
A Poet could not but be gay
   In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the shew to me had brought:

For oft when on my couch I lie
   In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
   Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffodils.

— William Wordsworth

Frank S. Rose, 09/11/27 – 10/15/20   2 comments

Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona —
A Field Guide to the Santa Catalina Mountains and Other Nearby Ranges by Frank S. Rose

When I began hiking the mountains of southern Arizona, I always had my
camera with me. If you follower of this blog, you know there are many
photos of beautiful mountain wildflowers, most of which I could not identify.
However, Frank S. Rose made it easy for me to put names with the photos
with the publication of his field guide in 2011. 

For years before the guide’s publication, Frank spent summers painting
watercolor images of the wildflowers. But, much like myself, he experienced
difficulty identifying the wildflowers. It wasn’t until Frank got to know Joan Tedford,
Bob Porter and other Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists spending time
with them on their weekly nature walks, that he began to work on his
photographic field guide.

Thank you, Frank, for your many hours and miles of walking, searching,
photographing and learning about flowers from which so many of us have benefited.

— kenne

 

Joan Tedford, Debbie Bird, Edi Moore, Heather Murphy, and Frank Rose (May 2, 2016) — Images by kenne

In this video, Frank Rose tells the story of how he met Joan Tedford.

 

Geo-Wall — Photo-Artistry   1 comment

Geo-Wall (Sonoran Desert)– Photo-Artistry by kenne

Wildflowers take growth
In the least likely places
Life’s random nature.

— kenne 

 

Turn and Run   Leave a comment

Wilderness Rock Trail 09-01-14-3697-Arizona Gray Squirrel-72

Wilderness Rock Trail 09-01-14-3698-Arizona Gray Squirrel-72

Arizona Gray Squirrel (Mt. Lemmon, 09/01/14) Images by kenne

Turn and Run

Invading a place
Belonging to another
How was I to know?

— kenne

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