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Sabino Canyon Picnic Site   Leave a comment

Romero PoolsSabino Canyon Picnic Site with View of Thimble Peak (February 2017) — Image by kenne

Thimble Peak (Elevation 5,323 ft.) is a landmark in the Santa Catalina Mountains on the ridge that divides Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon.

— kenne

Water Over The Bridge — Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Recent rains at the lower levels of the Santa Catalina Mountains and snow on Mt. Lemmon have resulted in Sabino Creek flowing over the low-water bridges in Sabino Canyon. These bridges were built in the 1930’s and are still providing tram access almost four miles into the canyon for visitors. 

The current water level is down quite a bit from a week ago when the bridges were all covered entirely by the flowing water, now the over the bridge flow is maintained by the daily snowmelt on Mt. Lemmon.

— kenne

Images by kenne
(Click on any of the images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Hiking In The Catalina Mountains   Leave a comment

Hutch's PoolWest Fork Trail Leaving Hutch’s Pool — Panorama Image by kenne

“Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow.

But of course, without the top, you can’t have any sides. It’s the top that defines the sides. So on we go—we have a long way—no hurry—just one step after the next—with a little Chautauqua for entertainment. Mental reflection is so much more interesting than TV it’s a shame more people don’t switch over to it. They probably think what they hear is unimportant, but it never is.”

― from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig 

 

Hiking Pima Canyon (January 27, 2017)   Leave a comment

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Hiking Pima Canyon (January 27, 2017) — Photo Essay by kenne

Windswept Grasslands   Leave a comment

Bug Springs 2012Windswept Grasslands in the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Taking inspiration from the likes of Lewis Carroll, Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg.

Branches reach into the dark sky

over windswept grasslands,

directing our eyes and ears

to the relationship between

the living and the dead.

— kenne

Get Out And Hike In The New Year   Leave a comment

hiking-the-romero-pools-trail-blogHiking the Romero Pools Trail In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne
(Larger Slideshow View of Romero Pools on Flickr)

The two hardest tests on the spiritual road
are the patience to wait for the right moment
and the courage not to be disappointed
with what we encounter.

— Paulo Coelho

Fall Leaves At Peace   Leave a comment

fall-leaves-blogFall Leaves at Peace — Image by kenne

Fall leaves at peace
still
holding raindrops
coming in the darkness

of night, understated,
still,
I wish the drops 

would soak the leaves

as if to give them life
again,
connecting the ground,
breathing.

— kenne

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