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Monsoon Petroglyph Find: Jellyfish in Baboquivari Park

Lightning strike near Baboquivari Peak: Mike in Tucson

Himdag Ki:  Mike in TucsonSaturday afternoon, and I found myself in the desert 60 miles west of Tucson.  The monsoon rains have come late this year, but they're here now!

At the entrance to Baboquivari Park (near Topawa, AZ, on the Tohono O'odham Nation,) is a magnificent structure, the Nation's Himdag Ki building. 

"Himdag Ki" means "Way of Life." It's both a museum and a cultural center.  The museum and its library are open to the public, and I spent nearly an hour in the library.  But that's another story...


Twelve miles into the park (the lightning photo above) I saw a small sign pointing off the the south that read "Picture Rock."

Petroglyphs at Baboquivari Park: Mike in Tucson

Don't the rock carvings off to the right look like jellyfish?!  I have a book on petroglyphs, and I'll have to look that up and find out what it really means.  The closest jellyfish to this area are less than 100 miles southwest, on the coast of the Baja Peninsula.  I wonder...


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Comment balloon 21 commentsMike Jones • July 18 2010 10:14AM


Great pictures next time I'm in AZ i'll have to check that place out, and don't forget even the Grand Canyon was underwater at one time.  So, jellyfish, yes.....maybe......

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago


They're aliens. There's a TV repoter that will tell you they are alive and well livig in goverment housing at Area 51.


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

Mike - They sure do look like jellyfish to me!   Thanks for showing the rest of us the wall!   That's one place I may never get to.   Keep em' comin' for me ......

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Looks logical enough to me ... Some guy was just saving pictures from his vacation in Baja.... :-)

Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 10 years ago

Cara Cara at Baboquivari: Mike in TucsonCJ,



It's a beautiful area!  You might want to put it on the "bucket list."


Maybe so!


Thanks for being the first to comment. 

Mike in Tucson

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

..and a turtle drawing in the upper left..maybe?

Your lightening photo is outstanding! As Dagny says: "keep em coming".


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 10 years ago

Great capture of the lightning. We had a lightning/thunder storm here in San Diego this week. Very unusual for our area. This looks like a great museum to visit! We will have to remember this for our next trip to AZ!

Posted by Stephanie Reynolds, East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408 (Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. ) over 10 years ago


I have been trying to catch an awesome lightning shot for years. Incredible. Also, there are some petroglyphs in the North Carolina Mountains that are quite mysterious as to their origin.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 10 years ago

GEEZ!  I was astounded when I saw the lightening.  Then the Petroglyphs.

I find these carvings fascinating and I don't even know why.  Actually, I find all things prehistoric and don't even know why.  It's like I want to get inside of their head and see what they saw.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago

MIke stay safe down there!  I know how close lightening can get in our storms - way to close for comfort as we live between 2 mountains and it's like a light show from heaven. I love the monsoon season!  You guys are lucky to be getting some rain. We haven't had a drop yet and focrast says maybe not until towards the end of next week. 

Great photo's!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 10 years ago

Mike, you need to get AR University to have you teach a camera class.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 10 years ago

Mike,  Fantastic pictures.  Your area is such a beautiful part of the country.  Catching a lighting shot is no easy trick.  Congrats!

Posted by Deborah "Dee Dee" Garvin, C2 Financial (C2 Financial) over 10 years ago

Petroglyphs are fascinating. Love that big bolt of lightening. Boom!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 10 years ago

Raven on Saguaro at Baboquivari: Mike in TucsonAll,

Thanks for your kind comments!  Here's another photo from yesterday to whet your whistle for a trip to Arizona!

Mike in Tucson

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

I don't know how you catch these photos, Mike.  Your finger must be attached to the click button.

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

Unless their seconds apart how the heck do you get such a dynamic shot?

I don't have anything in my neck of the woods (city) like the rock. Wonderful place you live.

Posted by Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified (Dilbeck Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Nice lightening shot!  Did you just happen to shoot at the right time or did you wait with the shutter open?  

I see an anchor...

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

You are getting the rains before we are up here -- humidity is higher and thunder and lightening but no rain except a few drops.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 10 years ago


We'll send it your way.  :)

Doreen, Ken & Jane,

I stood in the same spot and took 72 photos in 3-photo bursts with my little digital camera.  Number 72 was the winner, and I ran down to the car before the storm engulfed me.  It just takes patience and a little luck.

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike, I can totally understand how painstaking it is to take photos of lightning strikes. Talk about a shot in the dark. Being persistent does pay off... 

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

What a magnificent photo of that lightening bolt striking the earth!

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) over 10 years ago

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