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Serendipity: The Right Place At The Right Time, +/- 1/1,000th of a Second

Bee flying in front of butterfly

Butterfly in my back yard.The bee is in flight, while the butterfly is at rest.  The Texas Ebony trees in our back yard are in bloom, and the fragrant blossoms attract clouds of these translucent pale butterflies.  I was trying to capture a butterfly, and the bee flew into the picture just at the "right" time.

Some business is like that.  Successful transactions that take place because (1) you were prepared, (2) you were in the right place, and (3) you were there at just the right time.

I think it was Zig Ziglar that defined success as the place "where preparation meets opportunity."  I hope your preparation pays off in spades today!


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Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
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Comment balloon 30 commentsMike Jones • July 08 2009 11:42PM


Great photo.  Thanks for sharing it  --- and I'm glad you were prepared.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) over 11 years ago

That's awesome!

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Mike- I knew when I saw your title that this would be an amazing photograph of yours:)

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago


That sounds like Zigler quoating Napolean Hill.

Love the bugs!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

Mike, great photo!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 11 years ago

Tony & Darcy,



I imagine he may have.  I've just come across some old recordings of Napoleon Hill from the early 50s, and I'm enjoying his take on sales!


Pure luck!




Me too!  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) ) over 11 years ago

Sometimes right time/right place is the magic combination.  Nice catch Mike!

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Mike - Great shot again. I'm sure you were surprised at the outcome of this one.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 11 years ago

Doesn't that just "tickle" you?  I love these things. Thanks for sharing.. I'm a zig ziglar fan too. Carry a round tuit?

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 11 years ago

I love butterflies... I have planted butterfly bushes all over my yard..amazing you caught one being still...I can't get that close.

Posted by Konnie Mac McCarthy, Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!" (MacNificent Properties, LLC) over 11 years ago

Morning Mike, Now that's a cool photo!!! Love the positive commentary you provided, thanks.

I'm aiming to get a better camera than my current point and shoot by Christmas. Then maybe after a billion years practicing I can take quality photos also!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

Mike, an amazing photo! This is on for the record books. Thanks.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 11 years ago


You're welcome; thanks for commenting.


Mine's not expensive.  It's a Panasonic Lumix w/10X optical zoom.  You can get it at Costco for around $200.


I set the camera to take 3 photos in quick succession.  Yesterday I must have taken 75 photos in 20 minutes.  Eight or ten turned out well, and the one with the bee in flight was a gift!


It does tickle me!  And I do have a round tuit somewhere...  LOL


To say the least!


That's the ticket sometimes.  Its good to see you!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  It is such a good feeling when everything just works and ends up better than we expect!  What an amazing shot to catch the bee on the backdrop of the white butterfly! -- Gab

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 11 years ago


It's a hungry bee, too.  Notice that there's no pollen anywhere on it.  The only other shot I've taken that was so "split-second" was at the Desert Museum, when I captured a Desert Bighorn ewe in mid-air when she jumped down from a high rock perch to a lower one.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Amazing!  I know it was luck that the bee flew in the picture, but even so, not everyone would have ended up with such a great quality picture.  It's so cool!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 11 years ago

Mike, a super big thank you for the intel on the camera! I've been making a list as to what everyone here uses and have been reading in the photography group as well.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

Mike, Timing is everything.  The shot is incredible and often the type of things that I never have my camera around for.  Just beautiful.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago

Great captures of our mini wolrd... Thanks for sharing these little creatures.

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) over 11 years ago


You're welcome!  Thanks for stopping by.


You'll have to become a camera-carrying fool like me!  :)


You're welcome!  Let me know what you buy.


You're kind to say so.  I'm of the opinion that anyone can do anything if they're willing to take the time.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago


Some photographers have all the luck...then there's the rest of us...!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 11 years ago

You lucky dog, you!  LOL  I could sit all day waiting for a shot like that and ... POOF! ... nada!  LOL

Those are great.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

Mike, Awesome photo. Thought the quote was ...Luck Is When Preparation Meets Opportunity  What a lucky shot!  I have that same little camera and also bought it at Costco. Your pictures are a whole lot better than mine..

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 11 years ago

Mike...   First and foremost, awesome photo!!!  Second  your blog was eloquent!  

Cheron Lange

Posted by Michael and Cheron Lange, Associate Broker, GRI (Solutions Real Estate) over 11 years ago


Thanks!  It was luck, but it couldn't have happened if the shutter was closed.  And I find that writing gets easier with time.  This was blog #600 or so.


If that's true, it's only because my finger hits the shutter more often, I think.  I discard twenty photos for every one I keep.  And as for the quote, I think Ziglar rephrased Napoleon Hill by pointing the index finger of both hands at the audience in his signature "watch me" pose, and thundering "SUCCESS is when..." Thanks for commenting!


Most of the photos I took that morning were "POOF! ... nada!"  LOL


You just need to develop a little callus on the end of your "say cheese" finger.  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike - great photo - and you were definitely in the right place at the right time. Beautiful.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 11 years ago


Thanks for saying so; I'll see you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Wow Mike - love the photos, and the Ziglar/Hill quote.

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) over 11 years ago

What a beautiful photograph you made!  I have been a Zig fan since the 70's and was just reading "Think and Grow Rich" again last week.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Posted by John Morgan over 11 years ago

Great picture! It's surprising that we have a lot of year-round blooming plants out here, but finding a good butterfly, dragonfly, etc., is not easy. I'm still looking, though.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 11 years ago

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