Archive for the ‘Tucson Mountains’ Tag

What if . . .   3 comments

Sunset Over The Tucson Mountains — Image by kenne

“What if our religion was each other.
If our practice was our life.
If prayer, our words.
What if the temple was the Earth.
If forests were our church.
If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean.
What if meditation was our relationships.
If the teacher was life.
If wisdom was self-knowledge.
If love was the center of our being.”

— Ganga White

The Tucson Mountains — Truth Never Dies   2 comments

Tucson Mountains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Truth Never Dies

Truth never dies. The ages come and go.
    The mountains wear away, the stars retire.
Destruction lays earth’s mighty cities low;
    And empires, states and dynasties expire;
But caught and handed onward by the wise,
    Truth never dies.

Though unreceived and scoffed at through the years,
    Though made the butt of ridicule and jest,
Though held aloft for mockery and jeers,
    Denied by those of transient power possessed,
Insulted by the insolence of lies,
    Truth never dies.

It answers not. It does not take offense,
    But with a mighty silence bides its time.
As some great cliff that braves the elements
    And lifts through all the storms its head sublime,
It ever stands, uplifted by the wise,
    And never dies.

As rests the Sphinx amid Egyptian sands;
    As looms on high the snowy peak and crest;
As firm and patient as Gibraltar stands,
    So truth, unwearied, waits the era blest
When men shall turn to it with great surprise.
    Truth never dies.

— Anonymous

The Trail To The Top Wasson Peak   Leave a comment

Wasson Peak 01-30-12The Trail To the Top of Wasson Peak — Panorama by kenne

Wasson Peak is the highest point (4,687 ft) in the Tucson Mountains east of Tucson.
Located in Saguaro National Park-West, it is a popular hiking destination reachable by several trails. 

— kenne

Art — You will Know It When You See It   4 comments

Wildflowers (1 of 1)-2 blogDesert Wildflowers — Image by kenne

Tell me what you think art is — if you can

— ask a lot of people — and see if anybody knows . . .

You ask me about music — I like it better than anything

in the world — Color gives me the same thrill once in

a long long time — I can almost remember and count the times

— it is usually just the outdoors or the flowers — or a person —

sometimes a story — or something that will call a picture

to my mind — will affect me like music — 

— Georgia O’Keeffe

King Canyon Trail To Wasson Peak, Revisited   1 comment

A couple of weeks ago some of us did our annual King Canyon trail hike to observe the wildflowers, which in the past was part of our hike on up to Wasson Peak. However, this year the plan was not to go all the way to the Peak. I hate to admit it, but time is beginning to catch up with us. So, the best I can do is to revisit a posting from six years ago. My days of cheating time might be running out.

— kenne

King Canyon To Wasson Peak

Kings Canyon Trail — Images by kenne

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Wildflower Slideshow by kenne

King Canyon To Wasson Peak

Panorama of Wasson Peak Near The Top

SCVN guided hike to Wasson Peak via Kings Canyon trail, which is about a seven mile (roundtrip) hike and elevation gain of 1,900 ft.
Some of our hikers made only the Kings Canyon trail to the first saddle since we were experiencing unusually warm record-setting temperatures (the mid-90’s).

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people
are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home;
that wilderness is a necessity…”
― John Muir

Hiking The Sweetwater Trail   Leave a comment

Sweetwater Trail Panorama-72Panorama of the Santa Catalina Mountains from the Sweetwater Trail in the Tucson Mountains (March 15, 2019)
— Images by kenne

SCVN members and guests hiked the Sweetwater Trail
Friday, March 15, 2019, on a beautiful spring day.
As has been the case for a couple of weeks,
wildflowers are blooming everywhere
with a background of wispy white clouds
on a canvas of blue. 

— kenne

Phacelia crenulata Sonoran Desert Wildflower   3 comments

Phacelia crenulata--Phacelia crenulata-72Phacelia crenulata Sonoran Desert Wildflower (March 15, 2019) — Image by kenne

The Phacelia crenulata is one of many very small (1/2 inch wide and have 5 round lobes) wildflowers that are common across the Sonoran Desert on rocky slopes and near washes. This image was taken along the Sweetwater trail in the Tucson Mountains, west of Tucson.

— kenne

Top of Wasson Peak   2 comments

Top of Wasson Peak (1 of 1) blogTop of Wasson Peak In the Tucson Mountains — Image by kenne

Top of the mountain

My celebration of spring

The body renewed.

— kenne

Gordon’s Bladderpod Wildflowers   1 comment

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Gordon's bladderpod-72Gordon’s bladderpod (Physaria gordonii) — Images by kenne

Gordon’s bladderpod is an early blooming desert wildflower belong to the mustard family. With the help of more than normal winter rains, you can find them many places in the Sonoran Desert. Their bright yellow blossoms provide a lot of color to the spring desert landscape. 

— kenne

Heavy Rains Down A Giant Saguaro Cactus   3 comments

Hikers-5-72.jpgHeavy Rains Down A Giant Saguaro Cactus — Image by kenne

As the trail entered the Kings Canyon Wash we were confronted by a giant saguaro that had fallen across the trail; another lay close by. Both were healthy giants that could have been blown over by strong winds, but the area recently experienced a lot of rain causing a flash flood. Another suspect is that the downed cactus were the result of a microburst an intense small-scale downdraft produced by a storm or rain shower.

— kenne

A Two Year Old Girl That Loves Hiking   1 comment

Each Friday, Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) lead two hikes for the public. One is is a slower-paced nature hike allowing time to identify and discuss desert plants.

Yesterday’s hike was a four-mile hike in Kings Canyon in the Tucson Mountains, which this time of year has a lot of wildflowers. So, I chose to assist in guiding the hike so I could be a part of the wildflower discussion; providing an opportunity to photograph spring flowers. 

The majority of hikers on our SCVN hikes are retirees; yesterday’s hike included a young mother and her 2-year-old daughter — they both love hiking. 

— kenneHikers-72

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Hikers-3-72Images by kenne

 

Black & White Sunset   Leave a comment

Sunset B&W-Edit-1-72.jpgB & W Sunset Behind the Tucson Mountains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The fading sunset
In shadow of “A” mountain
Over the city.

— kenne

 

A Late December Hike In The Tucson Mountains   3 comments

MMM Hikers Tucson Mountains 01-14-13A Late December Hike In The Tucson Mountains — Image by kenne

Now in the new year
Rain brought snow on higher peaks
Cool hikes down below.

— kenne

Follow The Narrow Trail   Leave a comment

Ned's Nature Walk -- 01-1-09-13Follow the Narrow Trail (The Tucson Mountains) — Image by kenne

No Name Trails

My trails don’t always have a name.
They are the ones on which I roam
Gathering new views to capture
Sharing with others who read books
And write poems on the earth and sky.

— kenne

 

Bee On Sneezeweed Wildflower   1 comment

Bee On Sneezeweed-Edit-2-art-blogBee On Western Sneezeweed Wildflower — Photo-Artistry by kenne

 

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