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Tortoise Eye View: Blooming Cactus in Tucson Mountain Park

Tortoise-eye view of blooming cactus: Mike in Tucson

The perspective from which we view the world changes everything!  The circle of brilliant pink flowers caught my eye as I was hiking in Tucson Mountain Park.  Without the flowers, I might not have noticed the cactus.

Desert Tortoise: Mike in TucsonFrom six feet up in the air, this little cactus was a pretty insignificant part of my view of the landscape.  Wondering to myself what this would look like from the perspective of the Desert Tortoise, I got down on my hands and knees, and then laid down full length on the ground.

What had been a tiny cactus suddenly became a fortified tower ringed with flowers, a significant part of the landscape.  Nothing had changed... except my perspective.  And that made all the difference.


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Comment balloon 31 commentsMike Jones • August 11 2010 12:01PM


I love these little things - I have some in my garden.  Isn't it GREAT when you get a fresh perspective!!??

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) over 10 years ago


"The perspective from which we view the world changes everything!"  AMEN!

Although I'm not sure I want to be nose to nose with the tortoise. That is how I met my first Dimondback, nose to nose about a foor apart.


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


I remember your story about that Diamondback Rattlesnake.  Fortunately, the Tortoise just eats vegetables and flowers.  :)


Thanks for being the first to comment on my post today, and congratulations on achieving your goal of "top ten" AR bloggers in Tucson!  Keep on blogging!

Mike in Tucson

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

Awesome shots, Mike.  Those pretty flowers are thorn bait for three year olds.  I speak from recent experience.

Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) over 10 years ago

Very thought provoking post, Mike!   And, great photos.

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 10 years ago


Now I know how a tortoise views cactus flowers and it is a pretty interesting perspective.  I just don't think I really want to be head-on with the tortoise like that. How big is he?


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 10 years ago

Wish I could see something like that in my neck of the woods!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Cool photo. What are you shooting with? Stats?

Posted by Dave Keys, Chief Search Strategist Real Estate SEO Expert (MOVE UP in Google Search Learn How Here) over 10 years ago

I don't, personally, care for cactus much, but as usual it's a great photo. ANd hoe nice that you allow people to use the photos!

Posted by Leslie Prest, Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson, (Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ) over 10 years ago


I got the idea from reading Seth Godin's LINCHPIN.


It's an inexpensive point and shoot ~ Panasonic Lumix.


You'll just have to come visit us!


He's harmless; he only eats veggies.  This one was 14" long and 6" high.




Ouch!  You're a good Dad, and I love your posts.

Mike in Tucson

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

It always is surprising to see these beautiful flowers from such a prickly plant!   THX for sharing!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike,  Great pic and, as usual, great analogy.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 10 years ago


You know if we could spot something like this on lets Mars, we would spend trillions to investigate and explore it. Here on earth, we run them over and walk past them all day long. But I want to believe that other creatures respect it even other cactus, for what it is.......amazing....Thank you for allowing to express these thought via your good post

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 10 years ago

Great shot, Mike.  And, I did copy it for my computer. It looks great, thanks!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 10 years ago

Beautiful to look at, but not something I'd like to accidentally sit on!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) over 10 years ago

I like your perspective, Mike. A couple of years ago I thought it would be fun to shoot a whole series of photos from 2-3 feet off the ground and call it "Through the Eyes of a Child." Haven't done it yet ... someday.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 10 years ago

Mike, that is a great picture of the cactus.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) over 10 years ago

You are getting so creative.  I hope you lay a blanket or something on the ground to protect you (somewhat) from whatever may be hiding under the rocks or nearby!!!!!!  

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

Oh, duh!  The photo is lovely.  I love the color of those flowers.  

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

Great photo! Saw many of these (but I didn't get the pro photo) when we visited AZ last fall. Just georgous. Thanks!

Posted by Curt Hess, Luxury Home Consultant, Team Leader & CEO (ExecuHome Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike, Perspective can and often does change everything. But getting that close to this leaning tower of needles ( despite the flowers), a tortoise just knows better than to do, LMAO Wonderful photo. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 10 years ago

I have posted a few pictures n the past like that, if you stop for a few min and look areound i mean really look around you will see lots of things!!

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) over 10 years ago

Clever idea, Mike.  It certainly is impressive-looking from that angle.

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

Cool, buddy.  It's funny you mention it, I was driving yesterday and thought to myself, you know, your perspective on situations really determines how big or how small you make issues. 

Posted by Keith Sellers, Greater Kalamazoo and Lakeshore (Sellers Real Estate) over 10 years ago

A beautiful photograph and a beautiful thought, Mike.  I DO love your photos of Arizona.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

That thing is a monster to a desert tortoise!  They'd just have a hard time reaching those yummy flowers!  Great pic/post Mike!

Posted by Bob Hertzog, Designated Broker (Summit Home Consultants) over 10 years ago

Ah perspective.  If I were a Scorpion and I saw a huge creature coming down to my level, I might want to take defensive measures.


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


We ALWAYS look down to see what might be there...  I friend here in the neighborhood didn't do that, and stepped on a scorpion with bare feet.  He jumped (my friend, that is) in the air, and came down on the same scorpion with the other foot!


Those flowers are about eyeball height for the Tortoise.  yummy!


Thank you!!


Thanks for stopping by to comment.  See you (and those little ones too) on your blog.


Why, thank you, maam!


It's the truth!


...leaning tower of needles. I like that!


I'll bet you got a bunch of good photos from your trip.  Come again!


No blanket.  I did look around carefully, though...


Thanks for saying so!


That sounds like a lot of fun!  I hope you do it.


No, you wouldn't!


Thank you!  I'm honored.


You're welcome!  See you on your blog.




You're very welcome!

Mike in Tucson

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

Very cool photo, Mike. I use the same “change the perspective” approach when photographing homes for listings. It’s amazing how much impact a different perspective can have.

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) over 10 years ago

HI Mike - another great analogy, and you are right, it is all about perspective. Your posts are inspirational to me today - thanks!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 10 years ago


You're welcome!  Comments like yours inspire me to keep on keeping on.


I'll have to come visit your blog and check out the photos.  Thanks for stopping by.

Mike in Tucson

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

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