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Ventana Canyon Panorama   Leave a comment

Ventana Canyon-Pano-72Ventana Canyon — Panorama by kenne
(In this image, you see the Tucson basin with the Santa Rita Mountains in the distance.)

“Life is like riding a Bicycle.

To keep your balance,

you must keep moving.”

— Albert Einstein

Panning For Garnets   Leave a comment

Thursday Elementary January 24, 2019-11-Infrared-72Students Panning For Garnets In Sabino Creek — Infrared Image by kenne

One of the programs taught by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists to elementary
school children is geology called “Strike It Rich.” They learn how the Santa Catalina
Mountains were formed and the minerals contained in the “gneiss” rock.
The primary
activity is panning for garnets (sand rubies) in Sabino Creek.
The students uncovered the link between the towering granite cliffs
above the Tucson Basin and all that lies below.

— kenne

Tucson Basin Panorama   Leave a comment

Tucson View on Mt Lemon Road-02-16-10-Panorama1-72Tucson Basin Panorama (February 16, 2010) — Image by kenne

This panorama was composed at one of the vistas along the Catalina Highway, looking
west over the Tucson basin during our home shopping visit to Tucson. We move to
Tucson in late June of 2010, making this image my first panorama over the city.

— kenne 

December Is Here — Desert Sunset   4 comments

Tucson sunset (1 of 1)-4-72-2December Desert Sunset (Tucson Basin) — Image by kenne

How did it get so late so soon?

Its night before its afternoon.

December is here before its June.

My goodness how the time has flewn.

How did it get so late so soon?

— Dr. Seuss

Unfoldment   1 comment

Tucson From The Ridge (1 of 1)-3-72Tucson Basin Sunset — Image by kenne

Each idea planted
yet not the first
is a new beginning
forming the orientation
for the next step
without direction
creating a path
with each step
of unfoldment.
Each step
like an idea
leads to another.
— kenne

Gusty Winds In The Tucson Basin   Leave a comment

Aspen Trail-11-72-2Gusty Winds In The Tucson Basin — Image by kenne

Last Friday was a windy day creating clouds of dust over the Tucson basin.
This image shows the dust clouds as seen from Mt. Lemmon,
where it was windy but no dust on a chilly fall day.

— kenne

Let the desert wind cool
your aching head. Let the
weight of the world — 
drift away instead.

— Beck

Tucson Basin Panorama   Leave a comment

Blackett's Ridge-9892-Tucson Basin-72Tucson Basin as Viewed from Blackett’s Ridge — Panorama by kenne

“I love to soar in the boundless sky.
In the vast emptiness of the blue,
my soul rejoices
listening to the soundless music
of the wind.”

— from World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird by Banani Ray, 

Tucson Basin Panorama   1 comment

16695950048_ff830fd202_oTucson Basin from Marana to South Tucson with the Tortolita Mountains, Santa Catalina Mountains, and Rincon Mountains
as seen from Wasson Peak in the Tucson Mountains — Panorama Image by kenne

“There are many people writing songs. That is absolutely wonderful.
Who knows, there may be some kid in diapers and he or she might succeed
in capturing in a few dozen words what great writers have spent years trying to say.
Just the right word in the right place with the right melody behind it and the right rhythm.
It might get around the world inch by inch, and people realize that this world is in danger,
that we’re in danger. That’s the way “This Land Is Your Land” got to be so well known.”

— Pete Seeger

View Of Tucson Basin from Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon January colors-0845 Panorama blogView Of Tucson Basin from Sabino Canyon Recreation Area (January 1, 20018) — Panorama by kenne

The white line at the base of the distant mountains is probably the result of temperature inversion capturing a  large body of cold air having nearly uniform conditions of temperature and humidity that dropped overnight under clear night skies to the lowest level at the edge of the mountains — that’s my best guess.

— kenne


Full Circle Over The Tucson Basin   3 comments

Notholaena standleyi  Star Fern  (1 of 1)-5 blogFull Circle Over The Tucson Basin — Image by kenne

 Full Circle

And did you find what you were looking for?

Yes, I was saturated
in the glimpse.
Enough to sleep by
that brief remembrance
all my life
as if it were a dream
of fire tearing itself
into rags of daylight.

And are you waiting for it to happen again?

Yes, I think like the sun
on the other side of the earth,
it has never stopped shining.
But I can only be where I’m at.

And if it doesn’t happen again?

Then I’ll still be where I’m at
which the universe must think is enough.

And will you be happy with that?

Yes. For all my looking
I have never been where I’m at.

— Jack Myers

Rock Along The Green Mountain Trail   5 comments

Green Mountain, Saguaro, MissionThe image of the rock captures a view of Thimble Peak between the trees looking down into the Tucson basin. Image by kenne


Hiking Sweetwater Trail To Wasson Peak In The Tucson Mountains   12 comments

Sweetwater Trail Wasson PeakTrail Near The Top Of Wasson Peak Overlooking The Tucson Basin 

Sweetwater Trail Wasson PeakSweetwater Trail

Sweetwater Trail Wasson PeakMonday Morning Milers At The Top Of Wasson Peak — Images by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Sabino Canyon Snowbird Part II   Leave a comment

Ned's Nature Walk -- 01-1-09-13Female Phainopepla High In A Mesquite Tree — Image by kenne

The phainopepla’s main food while wintering in the Tucson basin are desert mistletoe berries.

When eaten, the hard seeds are then passed through while the phainopepla is perched on their favorite tree branch,

often in a mesquite tree.

Ned's Nature Walk -- 01-1-09-13Female Plainopela In A Tree with Desert Mistletoe — Image by kenne

The seeds are left on the branch where they can germinate and set up a root system within the host plant.



Capturing the Moment — Tucson Basin   2 comments

Tucson Basin — Image by kenne

The Tucson groundwater recharge basin is located west of the city of Tucson, which makes use of the natural basin located between two north-south mountain ranges on the Hohokam Indian Reservation. Most of the water used in the Tucson area comes from the ground and is now recharged by water coming down from the Colorado River.

West of Tucson, in the natural basin of the Central Avra Valley, there are 11 recharge basins that have been dug into the sandy ground. On any given day, at least some of them will be sparkling with deep blue water. Tucson sits atop an enormous reserve of groundwater, so the water in these basins flows down to “recharge” the underground aquifer. However, area water needs consume more that the annual rain fall provides to recharge the basin. In its search for more water, the city turned to the Colorado River, several hundred miles away. For $4 billion, Tucson helped build the Central Arizona Canal in 1973, connecting the river to Phoenix, Tucson and other cities.

The Colorado River water flows into the basins and trickle down through the porous subsurface, mixing with the native groundwater before pumps delivered the hybrid water into homes. This way the corrosive river water is filtered and diluted with the existing groundwater, making it palatable with the standards of Tucson residents. 

The Hohokam people settled here in the Central Avra Valley of the Sonoran Desert because of the many rivers crossing through the basin. In the mid-1850s, the entire valley was a forest of mesquite trees, with cottonwoods, willows and walnuts along the major streams. Much of the area was marshy, and malaria was a major problem for the original Fort Lowell along the Santa Cruz River. Today these rivers run dry, but continue to flow underground. Without other water sources to help recharge the natural basin, the water level declines in riparian areas will change the ecology and cut the quality of the habitat provided by phreatophytic vegetation. Much work and conservation is needed to make sure the people and vegetation of the Sonoran Desert have the necessary water to maintain the water level. Otherwise, declines in riparian areas can change the nature and cut the quality of the habitat provided by phreatophytic vegetation. With the continued loss of riparian habitat in the Tucson Basin, preservation of riparian habitat becomes increasingly critical. Water is an enormous benefactor to life in the Tucson Water Basin, as well as the rest of the world. As inhabitants of this great desert, we must realize the importance of living in true harmony with the desert.

When you arise in the morning,
give thanks for the morning light,
give thanks for your nourishment 
and the joy of living

If you see no reason for giving thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.


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