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Desert Oasis with Ducks (...and not Peking Duck)

East of the city, an oasis in the desert

That doesn't look like a desert creature to me!  Since ancient times, a natural hotwater spring has existed in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.  (If you're visiting Tucson, you can see how to get there on the map.)

Palm tree pattern

The property today is a gem ~ an unusual find in the desert southwest, with it's ponds, palms and very old Mesquite trees.  I need to do some more research, but I believe the ranch house was built in 1900 or thereabouts.  Today, it houses a Tucson Audubon Society gift shop and a gallery.  It's also open for weddings and other functions by appointment.

Agua Caliente park in Tucson, Arizona

This photo could be Florida, but it's not.  It's another beautiful reason to consider Tucson for your next vacation from the cold and the snow that's been plaguing the rest of the country.

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Comment balloon 27 commentsMike Jones • February 06 2010 11:04PM

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Tucson is great place to live.. with a lot of beauty.  I enjoyed my 4 years of college at the U of A!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 11 years ago

Mike, That's incredible that the picture is in Tucson.  I would think think somewhere sub-tropcial; like Spring TX.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Mike, looks like an oasis. Nice photos.

Posted by Joan Zappa, Professional treatment of our clients, brings awes (Eagles Wings Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike, great photos, and what a great looking duck.  I wonder what kind he is?

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) almost 11 years ago

Mike, that is a very pretty area, certainly qualifies as an oasis to me!

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

I love the reflections in the deep blue water. It makes for a very calming and peaceful setting.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 11 years ago

Mike, looks to be a relaxing and beautiful spot...

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

The photo is so good I feel like I am right there watching that duck swim by... beautiful place and as usual.... gorgeous capture of it in your photos!

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

Mike,

Gorgeous setting! I would love to visit this natural area of beauty....beautiful pictures.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Jo,

It really is.  One of the group we had today for this hike is Canadian.  Come on down!

Debra,

Thanks for commenting.  Agua Caliente is one of my favorite places.

Michael,

It certainly is.  You might plan a visit!

John,

Taking that photo early in the day gave it exceptional depth of color.

Tony,

It really is!  Thanks for stopping by.

Gary,

I don't know, but I'm looking him up after the Superbowl.

Nick,

It's an oasis for sure!

Marchel,

Now I have to plan to visit Spring, TX!

Joan,

Go Cats!

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike,

I think that you just wait for the snow to start flying so you can brag about the warmth of AZ.  Thanks for the invitation my friend.

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

Don,

LOL.  Actually, it's raining steadily today, and the high is predicted to be 53.  (But we love the rain.)

Mike in Tucson

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

That's amazing, Mike! I had no idea such a place existed there! Love the duck :)

Debi

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

I guess you can find ducks anywhere that you have a body of water. Beautiful creatures.

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

Mike, What captivating photos.  I thought I had seen most of Arizona but I didn't go to Tucson....seems like I missed a lot :(  Oh well, it just gives me another reason to go back!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 11 years ago

Just stopped by to let you, and anyone reading this, know that there's an ActiveRain Super Bowl Party going on. Stop by if you have a chance.

Posted by Not a real person almost 11 years ago

Very beautiful water photo Mike!! We have a little 'moisture' here but unfortunately it's causing Maggie Valley landslides. Have a spectacular week my friend.

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

 

Susie,

That sounds like what's going on in California.  I'll have to check out your blog and others nearby.  Stay safe.

Russel,

Thanks for the invitation; you'll see that I took you up on it.

Carole,

Come on back!  I'm glad my post showed you something you hadn't seen.

Larry,

That's what our Birding guide said.

Debi,

My thoughts exactly.  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike,

It's a toss-up!

I don't know what I like best the duck photo or your new logo?

Bill

I've reconsidered, I like the pond!

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

YOu are one amazing photographer! I love these photos. 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago

Katerina,

The subject matter helps make me look good.  LOL

Bill,

It's okay to change your mind.  :)

Mike in Tucson

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

That photo of the duck gliding across the reflection is just gorgeous!  I love it!!  It's so cool. 

I don't think I knew about this place. 

I like the palm tree trunk shot, too.

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

But, I hate palm trees.  Have you ever heard my palm tree rant?? 

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

Came back to say the duck photo would make a good greeting card.  So would the bark.

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

Doreen,

I'm thinking you just like the ducks!  LOL  (I'll include both photos in my SOC repetoire, tho.  Thanks!)

Mike in Tucson

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

nah, it could have been a swan.  I just like the way the reflection is clear then the little wake then clear again.  Artsy stuff in my mind. 

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

I stealed it.

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

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