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Monsoon Sunset (Tucson, AZ)

Tucson, AZ, Monsoon sunset by Mike in Tucson

There's a magical combination of light and texture in the clouds at sunset during Tucson's monsoon season.

The rains have been spotty this summer, leading some to call this our Nonsoon Season.  But all good things come to he who waits, and last night as I drove over Gates Pass on my way home, I could see that I needed to find a place to pull over and pick up the camera.

I took this photo at about 7:20 p.m. on Kinney Road, just north of the intersection with Gates Pass Road. That's the location of Old Tucson Studios, for you movie buffs.  I pass it most nights on my way home.

The westerly sky was already fading as I parked the old Ford Explorer at one of the pull-outs on this scenic road.  (No cash-for-clunkers for me.  Mine's paid for.)  Looking south, though, this was my view. 

That flat horizon could almost be an ocean, couldn't it?  It's deceiving.  There are rolling hills and mountains to the right and to the left of my vantage point.

Okay.  It's almost 4:45 a.m., and I want to get this on the blog before I go walk.  I promised Bill Archambault in Houston that I would.  Morning, Bill!


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Comment balloon 28 commentsMike Jones • August 25 2009 06:47AM


I do love the desert skies at night here in Phoenix, AZ. Thanks for sharing this lovely photo with us.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 11 years ago

You pass this most nights on your way home?  Not a bad commute!  What a fabulous photo!

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


It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.  LOL


Thanks for being the first to comment.  You're another potential member of the "Late Night, Early Morning at Active Rain" group!

Mike in Tucson

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

Beautiful, Mike! We just don't get that type of color in the Triangle.

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 11 years ago


I think the light and color has to do with being closer to the equator.  I grew up in South America, just three degrees off the equator, and we had the most fantastic sunsets!

Mike in Tucson

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

OK, now that is just fabulous!

the color is almost unbelievible

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Posted by Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Solutions) over 11 years ago

I am in the NE but I love the AZ desert. I hope to relocate to Scottsdale someday.  The photo is awesome.

Posted by Gloria Laughton Allston, Realtor(NJ)/Broker(NY) (COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE) over 11 years ago


As a former resident of LBI, I wish you success in your westerly migration!  LOL

Oil painting by Lenn Harley of Active Rain, inspired by a photo by Mike in TucsonCharles,

We get the most fantastic summer sunsets. This is an oil painting by our own Lenn Harley, inspired by one of my "on the way home" photos.


Mike in Tucson

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

Mike - Great shot. We don't usually get the opportunity here in Tennessee to see the sky like that.

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

Good Morning Mike!

Great come back.

Like I told my Mother, "Oh' there's a center fold, I hadn't noticed. I read the articles!"

Of course I didn't grow up in the middle of a "National Geography" article.


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

These are beautiful Mike - I'll bet you could sell that!

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) over 11 years ago

Mike, That's about as pretty a picture I have ever seen. Just spectacular. Thanks for sharing and keep that camera near by.

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

Hi Mike

That is an outstanding photo, with great color.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 11 years ago


I caught this sunset on Pusch Ridge on the way to my home in Oro Valley. It was incredible. Unfortunately, by the time I got home to snap the pic, most of the lustre had disappeared.

Posted by Patrick Randles (Nova Home Loans) over 11 years ago

Another beautiful shot, Mike!  But ... 4:45 AM?????  Ummmmmmmmmm - I'm thinking maybe a little sleep is in order.  :)

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

Hi Mike, WOW there is something about a desert sunset that makes it so spectacular. In West Texas they say it's the dust but whatever that is one excellent photo!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Great shot Mike. When I first started visiting Tucson I had a friend who lived on the West side and Gate's Pass at sunset was a preferred place to meet up and have a cigar as the sun went down.

Posted by Simon Smart (Sunstreet Mortgage, Arizona) over 11 years ago

You seems to be at the right spot at the right times... Great pic!

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

That's a great picture. I don't see that view at night and I live in the same town. Just kidding, I do see it but don't have a digital camera. We do live in a beautiful town though.

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

Ah!  Mike, you are a master of many trades.  Beautiful picture of a beautiful sunset.  Monsoons bring so much to our desert.

Posted by Jane Penttinen, NMLS #222178 (V.I.P. Mortgage ) over 11 years ago

The color is so intense it looks like you photo shopped it. What a great shot.

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


The colors are real, but the whole sky didn't look like the photo.  The 10X Leica zoom makes it seem that way, though.  Colors do get intense out here.  It's what makes Arizona Highways a best seller around the world.  It's good to see you.


Thanks for stopping by to comment.  I have digital photography to thank for my photos.  I couldn't afford to buy the film.  LOL


Someone needs to put the "Dad needs a digital camera" bug in the twins' ears before Christmas or your birthday, whichever comes first.


Chances of being in the right spot at the right time increase in direct proportion to the number of times I have my camera with me.  :)


A cigar at sunset on Gates Pass seems like a great idea!


When there's dust in the air, the light refracts off the particulates, and we get some of the best sunsets at times like this.




Carry that camera with you!


Thanks for commenting!  It's always good to see you.


Thanks for your kind words!


You buying?  :)


It was good talking with you this afternoon.  Thanks!


You're just going to have to visit!

Mike in Tucson

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

what a great picture...its why we feel so good about living here!

Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie, Previews Property Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 11 years ago

What a gorgeous photo!  Nice to see you are stopping to "smell the roses" at the end of your day! 

Posted by Marcia Hawken, Naples Luxury Specialist (WILLIAM RAVEIS ) over 11 years ago

It's been over 15 years in the desert for my family. I will never take the beauty of the desert for granted. This picture is fabluous! Thank you for sharing, Sandy

Posted by Sandy McKee (Sunstreet Mortgage) over 11 years ago

Wow, Mike...another lovely Tucson skyscape you have shared with us. Thank you!

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

Amazing, Mike - it looks like the sky is literally on fire!  Beautiful!

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) over 11 years ago


It's been awhile; I'm glad to see that 10 gallon hat of yours!  See you on your blog.


You're welcome!


You've been here 4 years longer than I have.


We all need to stop and wonder every once in awhile.


You and Eddie must have some spectacular photos from your roofdeck!

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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