Archive for the ‘Tucson Mountains’ Tag

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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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

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