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Wordless Wednesday: My Favorite Saguaro

My favorite saguaro

I've resisted the "wordless" thing, but I'm giving in today.  Wednesday, September 16, 2009.  I've resisted because this is a blog, after all.  A web log.  A chronicle of images painted in the mind with words.

Your mind doesn't think in words.  It translates words into images in your brain, and then "sees" and processes the images. 

Think of this image as a shortcut for your busy mind.

It's my favorite saguaro.  You'll see it along Golden Gate Road in Saguaro National Park (west.)


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Comment balloon 34 commentsMike Jones • September 16 2009 12:42AM


Mike - Those are some serious arms!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 11 years ago

Vegas Bob,

This saguaro looks pretty menacing at night.

Mike in Tucson

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

Interesting description - like a segway between the mind and the words are the photos..........looks like a 2 handfulls of fingers on one hand !

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago

He does look like a majestic fellow -- you see some of them and they have had a lot of weather and climate abuse, but your fellow looks wonderful.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Mike, that is one cool looking cactus or cacti! 

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

Mike, thank you for such a beautiful "Wordless Wednesday" pic! It is now "My Favorite Saguaro" too! :)

Leilani (Souza Realty)

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) over 11 years ago

Nice shot, Mike.  Do you have any idea how old a cactus that large would be? 

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) over 11 years ago

That's not my favorite.  I love the classic with a few simple arms reaching to the sky.

cactus  No, you can't have it.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Mike, That's a big one! I wonder how many years ago it took hold.

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate over 11 years ago

Thanks again!


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

Mike, this one is quite unusual. I like it! It looks like it can be daunting day or night. Nice Photo! Thanks.

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


Hi Mike:

Nice photo!  I hope you don't mind me borrowing your photo for this comment...

I think this photo should be the Wordless Wednesday photo for the group!!!

Wordless Wednesday

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 11 years ago


That's terrific!  Good job!


It is unusual.  I think maybe that's why I like it.




They take 75 years to grow their first arm, according to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.  I wouldn't be surprised if this one was 150 years old.

Blue Saguaro by Mike in TucsonLenn,

"Blue Saguaro" is my favorite saguaro photo to date.  Love your painting of it.


Maybe on the order of 150 years.


Thanks for commenting.

Tony & Darcy,

That would be cactus.  (Cacti is plural.)


He lost his primary vertical arm to frost, perhaps 50 years ago, but he's compensated, hasn't he?


I like your description!

Mike in Tucson

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

Hello Mike, I must agree that cactus is worthy of "favorite" status.  Very nice!  John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 11 years ago

What a huge cactus.  Great photo.  I like how Toula made it a Wordless Wednesday in her comment. Thank you for sharing your photo.  Have a great day!

Posted by April Solomon, Broker/Realtor/GRI (Keller Williams Professionals) over 11 years ago

Great photo!  I don't think I've seen a cactus that large.  I love how Toula made it's arms into the "W" for Wordless Wednesday.  Very clever!

Posted by Yvette Gardner (Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC) over 11 years ago

Mike, I think that Toula stole your thunder. I must say - very creative...

Helping you live your American Dream... 

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago

150 years old I would have thought it might be even older. Thanks for sharing your favorite.

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

Mike That is a very impressive looking "senior citizen"  :)  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 11 years ago

Yes, I like what Toula did!

However, I think I shall choose the Saguaro you posted Tuesday as my favorite.

Each one truly "has a life, has a spirit, has a name" to quote the song lyrics.  :-)

Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 11 years ago

Hi Mike - What a symbol of persistence, eh? All those arms makes me think of the many paths we have to choose along the way...

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

HELLO MIKE!  At night - this beauty would look like an upside down spider to me!  But nothing tops what Toula's sees! -- Gabrielle

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

Mike, This is one fab mile marker or sight to see while traveling in AZ.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

Very cool, Mike! I've always found the saguaro fascinating - they grow only about an INCH per year! Amazing. And this one, this shortcut for a busy mind - is exceptionally interesting!


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) over 11 years ago


After living in Tucson for 32 years, I have driven through the West park once or twice. The thing people need to see is the absolute forest of saguaro cacti. It is cool.


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

Mike,  Thanks for sharing your photo of that awesome cactus.  I grew up in the semi-arid desert of Southwestern Wyoming with lots of small cacti -- too cold for the big ones.  And I have always enjoyed all of them.

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

I can't remember seeing a Saguaro with that many arms. It's a rather large one as well. My mother in law lived on a ranch in Cave Creek on 10 acres. She had an old Saguaro she named "Old Grandfather", it reminds me of this one. We are lucky to live in such a unique part of the country.

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

Mike - Very cool but I'll bet it's not too cool down there right now.... I love the Tucson area... Haven't been there in a while but I do remember the heat.... Nice shot.. And Toula did a cool thingy up there... Nice

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) over 11 years ago


It was in the 60's last night, and it's nice today.  What I remember about NJ is the cold in the wintertime.  That... and being in NJ on 9/11 for a National Sales Meeting for a company I worked with at the time.


I like that name, "Old Grandfather."


I've spent time in Wyoming, and I liked it.


I've tried to capture the "forest of saguaros" effect with my 28mm lens, but it just doesn't do it justice.  Maybe a better camera with a wider lens?


It takes 'em ten years to grow to the size of a tennis ball!


Didn't recognize you!  Love the new photo.


I got a shot of that saguaro at night with a stormy sky, and it DOES look just like a spider.


It's an armfull!  LOL


You re-did your photo!  I thought you might have changed the color of your dress.  LOL


REALLY senior!


They're estimated to live to be 200 years old.


Toula did the best job, didn't she?

Yvette & Dennis,

I surely agree!


She did a good job with that, didn't she?  Thanks for commenting.



Mike in Tucson

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

Hi Mike, where's the red fruit and have you ever eaten any? Curious. Just looking at it; I wouldn't trust its directionals either =D Otherwise, it looks like a pretty green cactus to me and a beautiful day in Arizona.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 11 years ago

Red fruit of the giant saguaro cactusTeral,

The flowers appear in May, and the fruit in June/July.  By now, all the fruit has fallen off.  It was a beautiful day when I took this shot.  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

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

Too bad you didn't enter that in the Nature & Marketing contest with Toula's modification. A definite winner!

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


I think maybe the contest was over by the time I took this photo.  Next time...

Mike in Tucson

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

Hey, Mike - Do you have an pictures of all those birds that live in those big cactus?

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 11 years ago

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