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Another World: After Dark in the Tucson Mountains

Moon over the Tucson Mountains: Mike in Tucson, AZ lender

~ Another World In The Tucson Mountains ~

There's no other description that fits so well...  The Tucson Mountains after dark are another world.  The sense of quiet peacefulness is created by the ridge of ancient volcanic rock separating me from the City of Tucson. 

Here there is the yip of a coyote enjoying that same moon that tugged me away from the comfort of my home in Tucson Estates II.  The yips crescendo into a chorus of answering coyotes, howling at that big yellow moon.

Tonight, the TV is off.  I didn't bring my I-Pod.  Give me, tonight, what drew Muir to the wilderness, and Thoreau to Ralph Waldo Emerson's woodland cabin near Walden Pond.  Give me the sounds and quiet beauty of God's nature, and I'm content.

Today, I took four new loan applications for four separate buyers around the Arizona.  I called four REALTORS, one in Tucson, one in Scottsdale, one in Glendale and one in Phoenix.  All of them got good news about their buyers and a strong LSR to add to their offer.  Active Rain brought me three of the four.  I have yet to meet the fourth, as my relationship is with the buyer, but I'll tell her about the Active Rain Real Estate Network!

It was a successful day.  Life is good, and I'm grateful.


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Arizona Mortgage Lender.

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Comment balloon 28 commentsMike Jones • January 27 2011 12:16AM


wow what a picture. I want to travel out there now.

Posted by Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, (Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH) almost 10 years ago

Mike, great photo!  Really beautiful!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) almost 10 years ago

Mike in Tucson:  Wow.  What an amazing photo.  It clearly shows the beauty of the area, and also show that, even with all of the horrifying violence recently in Tucson... at least at the end of the day... there is beauty. 

If somehow it brings even a smidge of comfort to all of those in need... it indeed is miraculous.  Mother Nature surely does know how to show off Her beauty when we need it.  <grateful smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Mike, what a beautiful photo and a great reference to Muir, Thoreou and Emerson.  There's nothing better than just taking that moment off - just breathing.  Your photos help me do that.

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) almost 10 years ago


That's good to hear!  Thanks for the encouragement.

Karen Anne,

Thanks for stopping by.  We're still in shock about the shootings, but so very encouraged to hear this morning that Gabby Giffords condition has been upgraded to "Good" by her doctors there in Houston.

Tony & Darcy,

Thanks!  Don't we live in a beautiful world?


I'm lucky to live here.  Come on out for a visit, and call first!

Mike in Tucson

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

WOW!  I am impressed.  As usual, your photographs of Arizona scenery is spectacular.  What type of camera do you use?

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 10 years ago


It's a Panasonic Lumix that I bought on sale at Costco for $130.  It's my fourth generation of Lumix.  I love them; it's the software in the camera that makes the difference, IMHO.

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike, I looked up the Panasonic Lumix, and they look great.  Lots of models, though.  Which specific model is your camera ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

WOW - You use a $130 camera?  I thought that you had a jillion dollar camera.  What an eye!

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) almost 10 years ago

Wow Mike ... What an amazing photograph and thanks for the view!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz almost 10 years ago

Wow! Very good picture Mike...

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

You have cracked the ActiveRain nut - that of bringing business in from a blog.  I believe that blogging may actually be more beneficial for loan officers than the average real estate agent, with the exception of posts about local communities and homes. 

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

Gorgeous shot, Mike, you certainly do know how to catch them; and, thank you for letting us in on them.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 10 years ago

Mike I saw the same pictures. Also, you are a great example blogging for business. You take a proactive approach by calling other real estate agents to get new business. As I say on the radio show--Make the Call.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) almost 10 years ago

Wow just beautiful Mike. You really have a snack for taking some awesome shots!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

Sounds like a productive day ended by a perfect and peaceful night. Thanks for sharing the great photo.

Your Friend in Charlottesville

Posted by Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Solutions) almost 10 years ago

Wow Mike, I have a Panasonic Lumix and I guess I need to learn how to use it!


Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) almost 10 years ago

Beam me up Scotty!!! What a magnificent photo! It really does look as if you are on another planet!

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 10 years ago


Well" beam me up Scotty" and put me there in that picture! What a photo! What a story! If I was there right now, I'd be the happiest person around!

You are so lucky!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 10 years ago


I'll be right over to your blog to commiserate about the weather!  :)


Isn't it just beautiful?!

Mike in Tucson

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

HI MIKE!  Well - your moon sure is enticing me to move to your side of town!  It's stunning! Congrats on all your recent LSRs - you definitely work hard and deserve them all!   --G

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Mike - another fantatic shot. I guess the full moon is bright enough that you almost don't need headlights.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 10 years ago

Hi Mike - Wonderful photo to go with the sentiments you have shared with us. Way to end a productive day!

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) almost 10 years ago

That purple color is just awesome! It's my favorite color BTW.  When I was in the desert in Egypt the sky was actually navy blue there & it reminded me of that.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 10 years ago

Gorgeous picture!  It looks so peaceful! Thank you for posting such an amazing shot!

Posted by Olga Diaz, Potter, Mng Broker, CRS, ASP, ePRO, ABR (COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON) almost 10 years ago

Hello Mike and I have to come back for a double take of your wonderful post & photo, and I have featured it at one of my favorite groups ...



Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz almost 10 years ago

Vegas Bob,

Thanks for coming back, and Thanks for the Feature!


You're welcome!  Thanks for stopping by.


I'd like to see a photo of that sky in Egypt!


That it was!  I hope your day was successful.


We have very little light pollution on the west side of the Tucson Mountains, so when the moon is full, it's a beauty!


The moon doesn't show up like this on your side of town?  LOL

Mike in Tucson

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

Your very welcome Mike and what a wonderful photo!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz almost 10 years ago

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