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Christmas Day, 2019   5 comments

Thimble Peak - Snow -72.jpgSnow At Windy Point Vista, Tucson, Arizona — Photo-Artistry by kenne

When I think of the historical Christ, I think of courage:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

 

Windy Point Girl — Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Rock Climbing Mt LemonWindy Point Vista — Images by kenne

In August 2010 I took over 83 photos a young woman and two men climbing the rock spire at Windy Point Vista along Catalina Highway. It ended up being a fun unplanned project. I put a video together using the photos and also uploaded them to my Flickr account.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/albums/72157624822900088

kenne

Climbing the Rock Spire at Windy Point Video

Here’s a link to a 360 view at Windy Point Vista:

https://www.360cities.net/image/windy-point-vista-tucson-az

Rock Climbers At Windy Point — Santa Catalina Mountains   Leave a comment

Rock Climbing-9252 blog framedRock Climbers on the Hitchcock Pinnacle at Windy Point On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

The Spirit That Is Me   2 comments

juniper tree (1 of 1) grunge art blogJuniper Tree, Spirit That Is Me — Image by kenne

“If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a Juniper tree or the wings of a vulture
— that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves.”

— Edward Abbey

Girl Atop Windy Point Vista Pinnacle Rock   1 comment

Girl Atop Windy Point Vista Pinnacle Rock (August 20, 2010) — Image by kenne

out on a mountain highway

two months after moving to

the desert southwest, with

everything new to my eyes

I didn’t have to look hard

for photo opportunities —

pictures were for the taking.

a popular stop on catalina highway

is windy point vista,

6,000 feet over the Tucson basin —

the views are gorgeous.

adding to the view

on this day was

an attractive woman atop a

rock climbing pinnacle.

hot desert summers,

I was too new to the vista,

too old to climb with her.

I never got her name —

with a body like her’s

who needs a name.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Rock Climbing At Windy Point Vista   4 comments

Rock Climbing-9252 blogWindy Point Vista In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

Here’s a link to a 360 view from Windy Point Vista:

http://www.360cities.net/image/windy-point-vista-tucson-az

kenne

First Snowball Fight   8 comments

James & Jill 2013-9258 blogMost people don’t come to the desert to see snow, they come here to get away from it. But when you are a five-year-old boy living on the Texas gulf coast and have never been in snow, why not.

So, on the first day of Jill;s and James’ visit, we headed up Catalina highway to Mt. Lemmon.

James & Jill 2013-9255 blog

At seven thousand feet, James kept asking, “Where’s the snow?” “I don’t see any snow!” We had stopped at Windy Point Vista for James to get his “mountain-feet.” A short distance beyond Windy Point Vista we started to see snow in shady along the highway and signs that James just might become a believer — Yes, James, there is snow on Mt. Lemmon.

James & Jill 2013-9263 blogThis all being a new experience, James carefully picks up pieces of snow near the Ski Valley parking lot to toss.

James & Jill -9275 blogIt didn’t take James long to get the gist of it.

James & Jill 2013-9285 BlogAfter spending some time at Ski Valley, we headed over the Marshall Gulch and walked down the snow-packed road.

James & Jill 2013-9299 blogBy now the snowball fighting had taken on a new level of seriousness.

James & Jill 2013-9306 blogPhotos of James, Mom, and Grandma by kenne

A short video clip playing in the snow at Ski Valley on M.t Lemmon.

Wildfire In The Santa Catalina Mountains (Prison Fire)   3 comments

Even though parts of southern Arizona received some rain late yesterday, the southwest remains very hot and dry. It is hope the the summer rains will help firefighters contain the fires without additional loss of life after the 19 deaths in the Yarnell Hill Fire last night.

When conditions are this dry, rain is needed to add moisture, reducing the amount of fuel for wildfires. However, with rain comes lightning, as was the case with yesterday’s rain in southern Arizona. Lightening started a fire at about the 5,000′ level in the Santa Catalina Mountains, not far from the eight mile marker on the Catalina Highway. The fire has burned over 200 acres and has been named the Prison Fire since is in the area where the former WW-II prison camp, now the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site.

Prison Camp FireView of Catalina Highway near Windy Point with smoke to the upper right and a red helicopter near the lower center of the photo.

On most Mondays in the summer, I hike with the Monday Morning Milers on Mount Lemmon. This morning’s hike was on the Knagge Cabin trail at Incinerator Ridge, which is located about 3,000′ above the Prison Fire.

Prison Camp FireReadying the bucket to drop water on hotspots.

After starting the hike, I noticed a red helicopter circling below, so I move for a better view of what was up. The helicopter was landing near a water tank where a bucket was being attached to a cable from the helicopter.

Since I had driven up the mountain by myself, not needing to wait for other hikers, I decided to get a closer look at this helicopter firefighting method to help put out hotspots. Driving down the highway, stopping at several points to take photos. I was not able to go into the Prison camp area because of security, so my closest photos were taken near the entrance. A professional photographer was nearby, so we talked about the wildfire. He is in one of 26 images you can see on Flickr by clicking here.

kenne

Prison Camp FireImages by kenne (To See More Images, Click here.)

Capturing The Moment — Rock Climbing At Windy Point   16 comments

Rock Climbing Mt LemonClimbers at Windy Point In The Santa Catalinas Over Looking Tucson, Arizona — Image by kenne

Panoramic View of the Rincon Mountains from above Windy Point Vista in the Catalina Mountains   2 comments

Panoramic View of the Rincon Mountains from above Windy Point Vista in the Catalina Mountains (6,600 feet) — Image by kenne

Katelyn, David & The Girls at Windy Point Vista   2 comments

Katelyn — Image by kenne (Click here to see Flickr photo set.)

David & The Girls at Windy Point Vista

Posted April 5, 2011 by kenneturner in Family, Information, Photography, video

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