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Smoky Sunset With Saguaro: Saguaro National Park (West)

Smoky sunset in Saguaro National Park: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Smoky Sunset with Saguaro ~

The fires are sixty miles south of us, but this afternoon, the wind shifted, and a pall fell over the desert.  I was hiking the Valley View Trail in Saguaro National Park West (near Picture Rocks) when the sun went down, and all that smoke gave us an amazing sunset!

Here's what the horizon looked like at 7:00 p.m.:

Smoke obscures the desert: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender


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Comment balloon 23 commentsMike Jones • June 20 2011 01:06AM


That is so nice.  A lot of people do not know the beauty of the desert.  Now they do.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 9 years ago

Wow, Mike, your photography is world-class! They are some beautiful shots! Thanks for sharing them.

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 9 years ago

Hi Mike,

You have a couple of great shots there. I used to go out there to the Saquaro Desert back in the 90's and do work for a manufacturer. (Factory Service). I loved it then, I see it has not changed at all.

Love the shots.

Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 9 years ago

Those fires are an amazing detriment to the environment.  The helplessness of man in the face of such destriction is sad.  Thank goodness nature will heal itself over the years.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago

WOW Mike! Those pictures are AMAZING! We've had our share of fires in the Houston area too because of the drought - thank God we are in for some rain this week!!

Posted by Maggie McFarland, Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas (RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland) over 9 years ago

Awesome photos.  My nephew and his family live in SV.  I wonder if they will have to leave??

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 9 years ago

Mike that first picture is amazing.  You should have that framed and put up on a wall.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 9 years ago

I noticed a change in the sunset the other night with the fires going on up North. Amazing

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 9 years ago


So beautifully surrealistic.

So hard to breath!

Cough, cough.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 9 years ago

Mike, those photos are so awesome.  The circumstances allowing for those great photos is a shame.  The news just reported another 200 homes in Sierra Vista had to be evacuated.  I hope they're all safe and their homes are okay. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 9 years ago

Great shots - too bad about the fires.  I hope they are under control soon.

Posted by Brett Reichel, MLO 210215 (Homebridge Financial Services) over 9 years ago

Great shots Mike.

What may I ask is on top of that cactus in photo 1? Looks like a birds nest of some sort.

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) over 9 years ago

We had dinner in the foothills and when we arrived, the smoke was settled in the Tucson valley like a low laying cloud.  When we left, even all of Oro Valley was in the smokey fog.  It must be unbelievably thick at the source.  My heart goes out to residents, business, animals, and everyone working at the fire sites around Arizona.  Especially in this heat.  Those monsoons could come NOW and no one would complain!  BTW - love the photo

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) over 9 years ago

Wow, that first picture was/is a really cool one.  Great shot!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 9 years ago


There has been a little smoke in Arizona recently, but it will soon end.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 9 years ago

Mike - more great desert shots that make me wonder if you are in the wrong line of business. I don't know of anyone who takes better shots of the desert than you.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 9 years ago


You're so encouraging!  Keep it up!


Seems like the whole state is on fire.


I'm glad you like it!


I'm with you on that!  Bring on the monsoons.


It's a Saguaro Cactus, and the crown is a circle of fruit that sets in June after the plant flowers in May.


From your mouth to God's ears!


We had to close our office in Sierra Vista!


It's not good for the lungs.


It's surreal, isn't it?


I sent you the photo in a card.  Good talking to you.


Did they have to evacuate?


Send some our way!


The whole east side of the Chiricahuas is blackened.  That's what happened to Yellowstone a while ago, and it's coming back better than ever.  The ash fertilizes the ground.


C'mon back and visit!


Thanks!  I appreciate your encouragement.


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 9 years ago

Nice pics, as always. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Monsoon not scheduled to start here until July 4 -- they come a little later. But we had some nice, light, steady rain on Sunday, so I expect that means you are getting drenched!

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) over 9 years ago


We're dry as a bone in Tucson.  Quit hogging all the rain.  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

No, they didn't have to leave.  Did get put on notice a couple of times, but so far didn't have to go.  

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 9 years ago

You always WOW ME with your pictures, we are still searching for the solution. Please call me Monday when you get a chance.

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,


John from Benson

Posted by John Hurbon (Homesmart International Tucson,AZ) over 9 years ago


I'll do that!  Thanks for your kind words.


I'm glad your relatives in Sierra Vista made it through!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike, I especially like the top photo "Smokey Sunset with Saquaro" because it has bright colors yet it has a softer feeling.

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 6 years ago

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