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Tucson, Arizona: The Old Pueblo

The desert, late in the day during Monsoon season

Tucson, Arizona.  The Old Pueblo.  The volcanic basin that contains the city itself is 30 miles square.  That's a lot of territory.  There aren't too many cities in North America that take up 900 square miles.

I took this monsoon photo this evening at 6:30 p.m., on my way home from work at Sunstreet Mortgage.  Thousands of homes lie between the foreground of the photo above, and the mountains in the background. 

Thousands of homes.  You'd never know it.  The rolling desert with its meandering arroyos seems to swallow them up, leaving the beauty of the landscape to capture your imagination.  It's why the views of the desert and the mountains are spectacular from almost every vantage point.

Doesn't it seem tranquil?  The desert in the foreground, the mountains in the background, and above it all a majestic thunderhead is gathering strength in preparation for this evening's lightning show.

Downtown Tucson late in the day during monsoon season

My route home put me on the Interstate, I-10, and that very same thunderhead became the dramatic background for downtown Tucson.  We don't have a vertical skyline like Dallas, San Francisco or Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  The skyline doesn't compete with the surrounding mountains.

Driving southeast on I-10 at 55 mph in light traffic, I rolled down the window and took several "blind" shots to the east as I made my way past the city.  This one turned out pretty well.

The two photos together illustrate the allure of this beautiful Old Pueblo of the desert southwest

Come visit soon.


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, AZ Mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
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Comment balloon 13 commentsMike Jones • July 22 2009 12:03AM


Amazing photo's Mike... Beautiful country!

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


That it is!  We're looking forward to your visit!

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


Great photos. I think Calgary is bigger by area though. They had the foresight to pre-buy years ago and I think they are listed as the largest (in area) as the largest city in North America.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike,

Spectacular photos, the Old Pueblo is something I've never heard before.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 11 years ago


Nice photos and info on the Old Pueblo.   Those are interesting cloud formations.

Gerry's AR signature

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR over 11 years ago

Hi Mike. Love the photos ... cloud formations are so interesting, and so different depending on where you live. I always keep the happiness cloud with me wherever I am. ;-)

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 11 years ago

As always, my friend, spectacular!  The desert is always a mystery, IMO.  There are some amazing scenes that one would think could never come from a desert.  Thanks for sharing!

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


I couldn't agree more!  Thanks for commenting.


The dearth of big trees gives the desert a "big sky" view of the clouds.  I'd like to see that "happiness cloud."  Does it look anything like this?  :)


Thanks.  It's good to see you.


Yup!  Google "old pueblo."


That's pretty interesting; thanks!  In a previous life, I traveled to Calgary on business.  At 1,972 square miles, Calgary is more than twice the size of Tucson with respect to area covered.  The downtown skyline's a whole lot more impressive, too.  But when it comes to more than 300 days of sunshine per year?  We have a lot of snowbirds from Calgary during the winter.

Mike in Tucson

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

When I saw the first photo all I could think of was the power of nature.  Very dramatic photo thanks.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

Mike - Stunning pictures as always, Keep them coming.

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


God's blessed us with unusually dramatic subject matter down here in Tucson!


We love the storms that the monsoon season brings.

Mike in Tucson

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

I know you took this from two different perspectives. I thought it was pretty neat. It pays to keep a camera with you at all times. Great photo!

Posted by Michael Rohde (Sunstreet Mortgage LLC. Licensed Mortgage Professional) over 11 years ago


Thanks for commenting on my blog!  See you soon on yours.  WELCOME to Active Rain!

Mike in Tucson

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

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