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Wordless Wednesday: Gila Woodpecker on Saguaro

Gila Woodpecker on Saguaro cactus

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Comment balloon 23 commentsMike Jones • October 21 2009 10:18AM

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That's an interesting photograph.  It has a more painted feel.

Posted by Theodora Wu (TJ Investments) about 10 years ago

Is that a real woodpecker or a wooden one, Mike?  It looks fake.  Weird!

Posted by Liz Miller, Just Call Liz (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Great shot Mike!

Posted by Gregory Hall (Shore Media Solutions) about 10 years ago

Nice shot, Mike!  What I don't understand though is - - - how in the heck can they sit on a cactus?  OUCH!  :-)

Mike

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) about 10 years ago

Mike,

"Be it ever so humble there is no place like home!"

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

It does look like a wooden woodpecker, Mike.  If that is real and you caught that shot, that is amazing, Mike.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Mike,

Can hardly believe he is sitting on a cactus!  Amazing!  He is sitting so still - he really does not look real!  I agree with Jane, if he is real...you captured a great shot! Thanks for sharing!

Chris

 

 

Posted by Chris Minion (O'Brien Realty) about 10 years ago

Ha, that's funny!  I was expecting to see a woodpecker on some big tree, not on a cactus.  That made me laugh.

Posted by Carissa Acker (Real Estate by Design with Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

Mike, That is incredible.......it must be very difficult sitting on that!  Anyway, it's a wonderful photo!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 10 years ago

Nice artistic shot, Mike! Aren't the holes in the saguaros from woodpeckers? Seems I heard that somewhere...

Debi

Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) about 10 years ago

Mike

Looks like the woodpecker is the king of the mountain.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 10 years ago

Looks like a very comfortable location for him.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 10 years ago

For the doubters...  LOL

Here is one of the original photos.  Please note that the post is included in the group "Photoshop Elements For Real Estate."

I lightened the photo to bring the saguaro out of the shadows, and then used the filter: Dry Brush.  Brush size: 2.  Brush detail: 7.  Texture: 2.

The result makes the photo into a watercolor painting.  It's fun, it's cheap, and you should try it.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Very cool Mike.  I guess people don't know that lots of animals hang out in the cacti around these parts. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

Mike,

Taken in its natural state, this is a great photo. I am guessing that the woodpecker is sitting in a hallow that it created. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 10 years ago

Steve,

Nope!  She's perched on those thorns, on the other side of the saguaro.

Doreen,

Probably not, now that you mention it.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

That's one tough bird...reminds me of a few people I know.  Find the hardest place to nest and make it work for you!  Thanks. 

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) about 10 years ago

Don,

Thanks for stopping by!  The thorns keep the snakes away from the nest.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

I love the effect that you acheived with the brushes.  Way too advanced for me, but one day, maybe.  :-)

Posted by Marcia Hawken, Naples Luxury Specialist (WILLIAM RAVEIS ) about 10 years ago

Marcia,

It's just fun to play around with Photoshop.  Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Nice shot Mike. I might add that the fruit on the Saguaro this time of the year is a staple in the diet of many of our Sonoran critters as it was for the Native Americans. We need to show these people a Cactus Wren's nest in Jumping Cholla so they can see what really scary is. The jumping Cholla (Pronunced choyya like soy ya) is the most feared cactus in the SW.

Posted by Mark Gridley, TecKnow Real Estate Agent, Fountain Hills, AZ (eXp Realty, Reinventing the National Real Estate Office!) over 9 years ago

Oh I need to add that during mating season these woodpeckers serve as alarm clocks by banging on our chimneys at the crack of dawn. It sounds similar to an machine gun. So people place fake hawhs on their roofs to discourage them. Which the woodpeckers ignore.

Posted by Mark Gridley, TecKnow Real Estate Agent, Fountain Hills, AZ (eXp Realty, Reinventing the National Real Estate Office!) over 9 years ago

Mark,

Thanks for stopping by with the info; we've had 'em banging on our roof during mating season!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

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