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Busy As A Bee In Tucson, Arizona

It's amazing what you can capture with an ordinary camera if you have a little patience

Jet black bumblebee enjoying a sip of nectar

Sales are picking up in Tucson for single family homes under $240,000.  AR REALTOR Kevin Wood had a buyer referred by a business source from our BNI Chapter.  I stopped by Kevin's office (Realty Executives of Southern Arizona on Kolb) but Kevin hadn't yet arrived.

It was early morning, and I had my camera, so I looked for something to photograph. 

This is the time of year we love best here in the Old Pueblo.  Daytime high in the 80s, nights down in the 60s.  Flowers are in bloom, and the entrance to Realty Executives sported these purple flowers.

One lonesome bee (it isn't a honeybee) was checking me out, hovering like a helicopter six or eight feet away, darting off, and then coming back to the same spot.

I'm thinking the infra-red autofocus was in a spectrum he could see, because each time I focused the camera on him, he did an about-face and showed me his backside.  LOL

Still, I was happy with the result.  The bees are busy, and so are REALTORS and lenders in Tucson, AZ.


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Comment balloon 34 commentsMike Jones • November 06 2009 11:37PM


Cute, Mike!  Excellent photos!  Good to hear your market is thriving.  Send some our way please!

Posted by Lina Robertson, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO (RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers) about 11 years ago

Bees. REALTORS.  Industrious. Busy. Intent. Consistent. Goal oriented?  Making the globe go round.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) about 11 years ago

Very cute Mike,


Glad things are busy and going well!



Posted by David Zablatsky, Real Estate - Needham, MA (Avant Realty Group) about 11 years ago

And again, Mike.  This so reminds me of a line from The Rubaiyat - "the moving finger writes and having writ, moves on." That's you and your camera.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 11 years ago

I love the pic of the bees and we are very busy here in South Orange County.

Posted by Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team (Elite Home Sales Team OC) about 11 years ago

I like this happy post!  Thanks! 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 11 years ago

Hi Mike, Bees are really interesting to try and capture aren't they? The first class I had for learning how to take pictures and capture things in flight , I chose a bee and I think today I might do some better than for the class but taking these kinds of pictures take a lot of practice. But I agree with you Mike, I like the results you obtained.  That first one is awesome. And a very cleaver analogy to tie it all together to REALTORS. Well done.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 11 years ago

You are pretty darn amazing!  What incredible shots.  I can't believe he turned around like that, why didn't he fly away?  Killer bee perhaps? 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 11 years ago

I wonder if turning around like that is some sort of a threatening stance?  Showing you his weapon? 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 11 years ago

Awesome photo of the bee, Mike!  I'm glad to hear you are busy as a bee as well!  Have a great weekend!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) about 11 years ago

Bzzzzzzzzzzz what a great shot of our friend the Bee! glad you are busy and doing so well!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) about 11 years ago

Those are incredible shots of the bee!!!! I love it!

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

Isn't it great to be so near Thanksgiving - and still have bright flowers, busy bees...and wearing shorts on an 80 degree day?  I enjoy living in Tucson - but LOVE the winters here!!!

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) about 11 years ago

Cool, Pictures Mike. Would not have thought those were taken with a point-and-shoot. Good to hear that business is picking up...

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.) about 11 years ago

Good morning Mike,

Obviously this bee is a shutter bug.

My Grand Mother the "Cooger" was also "Flapper" she'd have liked this, because if you look real close at the last photo you can see "the bee's knees."


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


'Morning to you!  I remember my grandma saying something was "the bee's knees," as well.  Thanks!


Definitely "point and shoot."  Then "crop and publish."  LOL


AMEN (from the choir...) 



Thanks for stopping by!


It's great for the buyers, but not for the sellers...


Thanks for stopping comment!  See you on your blog.


I don't think it is a "killer bee."  Killer bees are common honeybees with a hangover.  This guy didn't fly like a honey bee.  He hovered, darted off sideways or vertically, and stopped on a dime, then hovered again.  I think he kept coming back because he was interested in the nectar from the flowers.  I got a shot of him on the flower, but is was out of focus.


To get the shots with the blue sky background, I kneeled to get under the bee looking up.  The background in that first photo is someone's car.  I was using the macro setting, and it blurred out the background nicely.


You're welcome!  Thanks for taking time to comment.

Mark (or are you Tim?)

Orange County is buzzing!  LOL


When I did my student teaching back in the dark ages, the 11th graders in the honors class I taught gave me "The Rubiyat of Omar K" as a gift.  Thanks for the smile!


 Thanks for coming by to read and comment!


I like all those adjectives.  See you on your blog.


Thanks for being the first to comment.  Much success this weekend!

Mike in Tucson


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

Hi Mike!  I love your new photo and what great shots of the bee!  It's amazing what you find to shoot when you just take a moment to appreciate nature, isn't it?!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 11 years ago


I am thinking that you teased the bee just long enough to get him to stand still for the photo.  I must say you are a very talented photographer.

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

Mike, oh my gosh!  You can see the little faces! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago

As always, Mike ... wonderful photos!  I love to photograph bees, but being as how I'm allergic to them I have to do it carefully.  LOL  Love those purple flowers!

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

Thanks Mike, whenever your blog comes to the top of my list I know I will find something interesting.  Who would think, this time, I would find bee butts. 

My digital camera is pretty basic and there is always a small delay between my click and shutter opening.  So if something is moving I have to take a bunch of pictures. 

My wife just got a Yorky and she wanted pictures to send to her friends.  The little guy won't stay still so I had several dog butt shots before I got one that worked.

I guess I could limber up my old 35mm but it is such a pain getting the pictures developed.


Posted by Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage (LoanOfficerSchool.com) about 11 years ago

Mike - I don't believe there is ANYTHING that you could not turn into an interesting picture and post.  You have the most creative mind!

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

Mike, this is a great reminder for me ==> take the camera with me, and next ... use it!  Thanks for fascinating photos and for a post that has elicited so many interesting comments.  I've read them all.

Posted by Sallie Williams, REALTOR - MBA, Baton Rouge (Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS) about 11 years ago


Always take the camera with you!  You never know what you'll see.


Thanks for the kind words.  ...and congratulations on your featured post today.  You really touched a nerve re BofA!


My digital camera is a cheapie, and pretty basic.  It's a Panasonic Lumix, but I've learned its idiosyncrasies and it works for me.  I'll bet yours would do just as well.


I made a card with that jet black bumblebee on the vivid purple flower.  I'll have to send you one.


LOL!  You're looking at their little butts!  The head is at the other end.


Thanks for saying so.  I took 30 pictures to get three good ones.


There's no subject matter like God's creation!

Mike in Tucson

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

Not sure what happened to our earlier comment on your post -- but you have great photos as always -- have a good weekend.

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


Thanks for coming back!  I wish you and Bob a successful week!

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike you have captured some fantastic bee shots. I love the first photo, a great close up.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate about 11 years ago


The bee seemed to have two different "gears" for his wings when he was hovering.  The first photo shows the slower of the two speeds for the wings.  The bee was about 20' away in that first shot, but the camera has a 10X zoom.

Mike in Tucson

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

BEE have with that camera of yours Mike In Tucson.

John Hurbon



Posted by John Hurbon (Homesmart International Tucson,AZ) about 11 years ago

Mike - Love the shot! Funny we just watched the bee movie :) ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) about 11 years ago


That's just serendipitous timing!  LOL

Brother John,

Too funny!  Thanks for stopping by.

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike, I appreciate you driving to Phoenix next week, then waiting for several hours, just to assist our buyer.  Both Stephen and I appreciate your hard work and dedication, each of us knowing that you too are busy as a bee.

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) about 11 years ago


I can't tell you how much I appreciate the referrals!  Thanks for letting me do a good job for you and Stephen.

Mike in Tucson

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

I'll BEE darned - your blog is amazing.  You know it seems to me that we just don't know what you are going to come up with next - FUN.  Hope to see you soon - Sis-in-law

Posted by Kathie Morgan about 11 years ago

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