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Sunday Driver: Blooming Desert (First of Several)

Beauty in the desert

I bought a new camera on Saturday.  Sunday evening, west of Three Points, Arizona, and halfway to Ajo, I found some beautiful flowers by the roadside.  We've had a lot of rain since the first of the year (over five inches, and we only get 12" for an entire year on average.)

Thanks for stopping by.  I knew you would like this one.


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Comment balloon 25 commentsMike Jones • March 24 2010 12:13AM


Very nice color!  I bet the desert will be a blooming with all the rain!

Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (Novella Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Great shot Mike.  My wife keeps telling me we've got to visit Arizona in the early Spring, and now I see why.

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


She's a smart lady.  Better listen up!  LOL


Thanks for jumping in and being the first to comment!  You win that bet!

Mike in Tucson

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

It is true the desert is a beautiful place after the rains.

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

Do I win a prize if I say foxgloves?  Beautiful color.

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

Very beautiful shot of the flowers and the color is magnificent.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) almost 11 years ago

Mike, great photo!  Wonderful colors, thanks for sharing them with us!

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

Happy Spring Mike. We aren't as far along as you are.

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

Hi Mike, Stunning photo Mike.  What kind of Camera did you get.  

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

Hi Susie, I haven't seen you on in a while, Oops, Sorry Mike, Susie is one great photographer. She had done a collection of flowers that is nothing short of awesome. I suggested she publish a book.

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

Very pretty.  What kind of flower is this, I'm not sure I've seen it here.  What elevation? 

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

Mike, I heard that the desert has gotten a lot of rain. From what I hear, it is supposed to be a spectacular year for flowers...

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


That we have!  This photo was taken near the base of Kitt Peak, west of Tucson, and while that area is not spectacular this year, other areas like Reddington Pass are much better. Google "Desert Wildflower Report Tucson."


Lupinus sparsiflorus
Mojave Lupine, Coulter's Lupine.  Elevation guess?  3400'


Newest version of the same Panasonic Lumix, paid $139. plus tax at Costco.  Original price was $189. but this was the last one, and the floor model.  The aperature is big to gather a lot of light, and the software is much advanced over my previous Lumix.  Same Leica glass.  Speed is much faster.  My old Lumix had 1/8th of a second, while the new one has 1/250th of a second.  I'm still figuring it out.


William's right.  You ought to publish a book.  I'll buy one!

Tony & Darcy,

Thanks!  It's good to see you.


Thanks for saying so!


They're Lupine, but you win a prize anyhow just for showing up and commenting!  LOL

KW Elite,

That it is!  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

Good morning Mike,

I'm so glad you are giving Jane a prize..she has been up trying to get a turn in to create her post s and she needs a reward! Your photo is awesome! I'd say you made a wise purchase on your camera ..a great shot!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 11 years ago

Good morning Mike!

Well worth fighting through the "proxy erros" and "bad gateways."


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

What a BEAUTIFUL photo!!!!  What a way to start my day!


Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike, I love the color of the flowers and wouldn't have guessed Lupine.  It looks like you purchased a good camera, it's a beautiful shot!

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


Absolutely beautiful....I'd love to be in ARizona right now and be seeing these in bloom.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Oh!  My!  These are my favorite shade of blue!  Just beautiful!

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

Eye popping photograph, Mike! Stunning! Congrats on your new camera :)


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

Hi Mike,

These are absolutely spectacular, the color is amazing. I spend a little time in the So Cal desert area myself and this year (thanks to El Nino) the colors are dramatic.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) almost 11 years ago


I'll be over to your blog to check it out.


Thanks for stopping by and commenting!




It might just be time for a visit!


Didn't you just get a foot of snow?  Please see my comment to Jo!


You're welcome!


I tried to show someone the benefits of AR yesterday, and had to quit in the middle because of "proxy errors and bad gateways."  Thanks for commenting.


I'll have to go check out her blog!

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike - when I see photos like this it reminds me of my years in Europe - most of those flowers are not able to survive here in Florida - thanks!

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

Hello Mike and another wonderful photo and we have some of these wild flowers like this in Nevada.

Vegas Bob

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz almost 11 years ago

Vegas Bob,

Isn't it amazing what will grow in the desert after a little rain?


We want to see a blog post about your years in Europe!

Mike in Tucson

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

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