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Sky Island Scenic Byway   1 comment

Catalina Highway (Sky Island Scenic Byway) through Hoodoo pinnacle area. — Panorama Image by kenne

Hoodoo pinnacles

Scenic diversity charm

Rocks stacked over time.

— kenne

Star Power   Leave a comment

Mt. Lemmon Trail 06-24-13“Star Power” Silverpuff Blossom In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Islands in the sky
High above the desert floor
Share the monsoon rains.

— kenne

 

Capturing The Moment — A Little Cheesecake On The Rocks   4 comments

Rock Climbing Mt Lemon

Windy Point On Catalina Highway — Images and video by kenne

August of 2010, only two months after arriving in Tucson, I was driving up Catalina Highway. Like many people new to the area, I stopped at Windy Point, which provides great views of the Tucson valley area. 

After leaving my car, I noticed some young people rock climbing. They were actually climbing the Windy Point Rock Spire to do a photo shoot on the top. While they were climbing and later taking photos, I took photos of them.

After climbing down, I introduced myself and gave them my business card, telling them to contact me if they would like any of my images. I never heard from them. 

Now, some three years later, I decided to do another posting on this photo-opt that became a project by accident.

In the summer time I’m up in the Catalina’s about three times a week and think of the rock climbers each time I drive by Windy Point.

kenne

Capturing The Moment — The Catalina’s Rock!   2 comments

Green Mountain 07-10-13

Green Mountain 07-10-13

Mt Bigelow 07-15-13

Kickback Rock 07-30-12

Mt Bigelow 07-15-13

Kickback Rock 07-30-12

Mt Bigelow 07-15-13

Mt Bigelow 07-15-13

Mt Bigelow 07-15-13Santa Catalina Mountain Rock Images by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Hoodoo Pinnacles   3 comments

Catalina Highway (Sky Island Scenic Byway) through Hoodoo pinnacle area. — Image by kenne

Hoodoo pinnacles

Scenic diversity charm

Rocks stacked over time.

— kenne

The Sky Island Scenic Byway Revisited   3 comments

After posting the last blog enter, Capturing The Moment — Sky Island Scenic Byway, I stumbled upon a blog posting titled, 39 of the world’s most inspiring routes for road trips [PICs]. I have experienced some of the American scenic road trips, so I can appreciate they’re being on the list. If it wasn’t for the Catalina Highway (Sky Island Scenic Byway) being only about 25 miles, it could easily qualify for such a list. 

A some point in the future, I will do a photo project on our scenic highway up to Mt. Lemmon, till then I have pull a few photos to make my case. You will also note that road is a favorite of many area bikers.

kenne

The Catalina Highway curves through the eastern part of the Catalina Mountains

This view shows Rose Lake and to the upper left, the highway near Windy Vista Point, which offers a favorite view of the Tucson valley.

Many bikers descend down from Mt. Lemmon well above the posted 35 mph limit. If you look carefully in the upper left of the photo you can another segment of the highway. I had passed this couple coming down the mountain and as I had the camera pointing in their direction, she said, “Cheese!”

This image has bikers coming down, now back in the desert. Some of our summer monsoon rain ar falling south of the Tucson International Airport.

This image was taken about mid-day at the lower elevations of the highway, so the rider was getting a late start in upper 90’s temps. Most riders up in the early morning when the desert temps are much lower.

Images by kenne

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