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Two Birds, One Stone

These two varieties of blue agave are some of our favorite plants. The striking color complements the full range of greens that comprise the Arizona-Sonoran desert pallette.

My Darlin' first saw the Sonoran Desert in July, when the white sunlight of noonday seems to wash all color from the landscape. "Everything is brown," she exclaimed. One year later, she could differentiate thirty plants at a distance by their particular shade of green.

Blue agave, blue Roadrunner

Blue agave, red Cardinal














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Comment balloon 18 commentsMike Jones • April 03 2009 11:39PM



Colors in the desert...magnificent...!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 12 years ago


You must have an RSS feed on my blog hooked up to an alert system back there in eastern Pennsylvania.  Now if only I could figure out how to reverse engineer it to fax me Philly cheesesteaks...

Thanks for being the first to comment!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago


What sensational colors..really wonderful photos..thank you for sharing!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 12 years ago

Beautiful photos Mike. I had never seen a blue Roadrunner before. Blends right in with the agave.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago


Now what are you going to post for morning?


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 12 years ago

It is amazing how much green there is in the high desert. Cool photos...

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Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Mike, I have to tell you this story:

The first time I ever went to Green Valley, AZ,  many years ago, I was given a tour by a real estate person (a rep for manufactured homes), and it was the classic "learn the community" tour. 

She covered "This is an Ocotillo, that is a Palo Verde tree, over there is a Blue Agave.  The monsoon season starts on the Fourth of July and ends on Labor Day.  That bird is a Quail."

She'd probably given that little tour hundreds of times, but I appreciated it.  It is really amazing how just a little basic information can make a person feel at home.

I never saw the agent again, and my friend ended up buying a townhome in a different part of Green Valley, but I still fondly remember the agent for giving me the Quick Course in Desert 101.


Posted by Cheryl Johnson almost 12 years ago


Your little darlin' must have set out with a goal to learn all about the desert plants of the area.  Nice job.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 12 years ago


She's got a photographic memory.  Seriously.  The other day Ginny joined me at our BNI lunch, where everyone stands and gives a 60 second commercial about their business.  That night, she recalled from memory each person's name and occupation in order.  I'm amazed; I certainly don't have that skill.


When we first moved here, I was traveling every week as National Sales Manager for a manufacturing firm.  I was gone from 3:00 on Monday morning until 11:00 on Friday night.  On weekends, I had the pleasure of hiking in the surrounding desert with the husband of my wife's friend from our neighborhood.  George, 20 years my senior, had been a docent at the Desert Museum for 13 years.  And we called the hikes "Desert 101."  :)


It takes awhile for an easterner to see it.  We're used to being surrounded by dark green grass and foliage.


I don't know.  Today is the Lupus walk, so I'm off to "walk the loop for Lupus" to raise money for research.  We have a Send Out Cards team of 12.


Thanks for stopping by to comment!


I'll see you later today on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

Isn't it amazing how much color you can find in the desert!  My son lives in Chandler, AZ, and I always enjoy our trips down there - even in July, although not quite as much.  :-)

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) almost 12 years ago

When we went to Mexico the man at the tequila factory talked to us about the different varieties of Agave. Never knew so many varieties existed.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 12 years ago

Mike, I had never thought the desert could be so beautiful and full of life. Thank you for all the great pictures you've been posting.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) almost 12 years ago

You are bound and determined to change my mind about that part of the country, aren't you? LOL

Beautiful colors, Mike.  Now I will have to find out just how many uses there are for blue agave.

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 12 years ago

Hi Mike: Arizona does have some truly beautiful foliage!


Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) almost 12 years ago


It takes some looking, but it's there!  :)


I'm trying!  Tequila comes to mind as a use for blue agave...


You're so welcome; you make posting fun with your comments!


Talk to Carol Smith.  She's looking for a use for blue agave!  :)


In July, we like to stand in the shade of telephone poles.  Anything!  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago


The desert has plenty of color - especially this time of year. Thanks for featuring some of it. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) almost 12 years ago

The agaves, aloes, and aeoniums are my favorite desert plants due to the striking leave variation one can find with them.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) almost 12 years ago

HI Mike - I've recently begun weaning myself from processed sugars, and have substituted blue agave. Looks like you might be able to hook me up with a good local source!

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) almost 12 years ago

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