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Business Lesson From Nature: Enjoy The Moment

Saguaro taken down by a microburst

The Giant Saguaro is one of my favorite plants, and it's the predominant tree of the Sonoran Desert.  They can live to be 200 years old, and grow to weigh many tons. 

The root system, however, is shallow, as the desert floor does not absorb rainwater well.  Saguaros handle predictable well, but fall prey to microbursts, where the winds spin round like a top.

The storm we had last weekend felled these three. 

In business as in life, we never know exactly why we're the ones left standing.  I saw this desert scene and my heart immediately went out to those in our business who have been felled by the winds of change.

Life is uncertain and full of surprises.  Enjoy the day!

Saguaro forest in the Sonoran Desert


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Comment balloon 18 commentsMike Jones • March 06 2010 09:00AM


Very cool.

I haven't been through Arizona much, but I always wanted to see Flagstaff.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) almost 11 years ago

Really a shame about these 3.  Wonder how old they are?  I know that it takes forever for them to grow just to 6 feet high.  Think about how much they have already endured?  Good post.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 11 years ago

Mike, I remember seeing these beautiful works of art on my first visit to Arizona.  I didn't even know they had a name then....I was just taken with them.  And that's what I saw them as: works of art.  Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos.

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


These are very beautiful and interesting cacti.....great analogy. I guess when you time is up, it's up....time to transform into something even better.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike, this a great lesson and the earlier one learns it all the better for them. There are many precious people and moments around around us every second...savor it while you can.

You are still wowing with you photos :)

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

What a shame, Mike - I think I remeber that it takes 9 years for one to grow one inch? Is that right?


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

Great analogy, Mike.  Your "world" is entirely different than mine in Sonoma County Wine Country.  Thank you for sharing your pictures, I love seeing them.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA almost 11 years ago

Mike - We just never know where the winds of change will try to lead us next .... deep roots help us hold our ground during stormy times.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 11 years ago


And that's the truth!  Thanks for commenting.


It certainly is, isn't it?  Thanks for stopping by.


You're right about that.  And it takes 75 years before they grow their first arm.


Thanks for the encouragement!


We're waxing philosophical today.


They are that:  living works of art.  I hate to see one toppled.


You're right about the age.  It takes 75 years before they sprout their first arm in the wild.


Flagstaff is worth seeing.  Tucson, too!

Mike in Tucson

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

The largest Saguaros I've seen are in properties in Sun City AZ.  HUGE with lots of arms!  I'm frequently saddened when I see one of these old gentlemen tumble.  It's all about their root system and the instability during storms.

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

Mike, The giant Saguaro fascinates me as well. I often view them as silent sentinels guarding the high desert. You are right ~ enjoy the moment. We are dancing but for a brief moment in time...

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

Our palm trees down here in Florida have the same problem - shallow roots and hurricanes can blow them over -

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

This is especially sad if they were healthy.  There are less of these each year.

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


Thanks for commenting.  I wish you much success today.


The Saguaros in Saguaro National Park are subject to a census every ten years just like "we the people."  I'm happy to report that this has been the case since 1942 and that the number of saguaros in SNP West had increased by more than 300,000 in number to 1,091,181 (2000 census count) from the previous census.  In SNP East, the number of saguaros is much smaller, but had also increased overall from 190,000 plants to 243,375.


And yet they're surprisingly flexible.  Every time a hurricane blows through, I'm amazed that they don't all just blow down!


...and that's the truth!  Thanks for commenting.


You have some very large saguaros up there in Sun City!  I stopped to take photos the last time I visited your fair city.

Mike in Tucson

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

Hello Mike and so sorry I missed your post, welcome to Self Help and you have found yourself a feature at ........


VB ;)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz almost 11 years ago

Vegas Bob,


Mike in Tucson

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

I saw your other post about the census.  I still think they are going down outside of the monument. 

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

Active rain has been very slow lately.  Reminds me of the early 80 then I typed really fast and the waited and watched the words finally show up. 

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

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