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Desert Oddity: Ironwood Gargoyle #1

Ironwood Gargoyle: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~Ironwood Gargoyle #1~

Everyone has favorite haunts--special places to go and get away from the everyday.  Some of my favorite haunts are deep canyon washes (arroyos) frequented by few humans and many desert creatures.

Zebra Tailed Lizard: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lenderSome of these creatures are animated, like the Zebra Tailed Lizard on the right.  This little guy makes a living off of spiders, beetles, bees, wasps and moths.  He'll sit quietly on the sandy floor of the wash and suddenly leap several body-lengths to grab a flying insect out of the air.

Other less active (though still very much alive) desert creatures peer silently at my approach, and watch as I pass by.  This Ironwood Gargoyle is one of those...

Unseen by the casual observer, he comes into sharper focus as the sun sets in the west, casting its long yellow rays up the canyon and painting shadows on his craggy face.  You can see that the searing summer sun has taken its toll on his complexion. 

Ironwood Gargoyle #1 has friends up and down this particular wash in Saguaro National Park's Tucson Mountain District.  You'll want to come back sometime soon and see them...


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Comment balloon 13 commentsMike Jones • June 22 2011 12:52AM


Hi Mike--saw the title of your post and just had to read it.  I lived in Tucson for 8 years and loved the desert---hiked Sabino Canyon nearly every day.  Great photos.  

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 9 years ago

That is an awesome picture! Thank you for sharing it!

Posted by Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL, QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise (SaraMana Properties - QuickFreeMLS.com) over 9 years ago


You're welcome!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.  I went to your blog to reciprocate, only to find that comments are disabled on all of your posts.  Guess I'll have to write to you by snail mail.


Thanks for being the first to comment.  Sabino Canyon is closed right now except for the tram ride because of the fire danger.  No hiking, no swimming.  Saguaro National Park's east side trails are closed for the same reason, but all of the trails in SNP West are open.

That's something, going from the desert for eight years to Hawaii!  I'll see you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

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


That is the ugliest thing!

It's also fascinating.


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

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  It's funny how something so unattractive can look so beautiful!

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Mike - I've never seen one of these, but of course I live in Tennessee, and we don't have ironwood trees here. It is a curiosity.

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

Mike that definitely an oddity but yet an amazing work of art.

I can only imagine the things you must come across while hiking the desert and it changes daily.

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356 (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) over 9 years ago


I'll do that; thanks for stopping by to comment!


Think of the burls that form on some of your trees in Tennessee.  This is sort of like that.


True, dat!


I'm in agreement there.  Thanks for commenting!

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike, Burls can make some really nice bowls....Ironwood, what a great name for a strong growing tree.

Good eye.


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) over 9 years ago

So, do they slice these up and make table tops and other cool looking things?  

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

Coming back to say this gets my vote as the most interesting and coolest of the bunch so far...  

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

It's nice when an artist can blend their creativity in without disturbing the surrounding area. Are there other surprises along this path?

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 9 years ago

You know that after seeing the other two posts I just had to find out what the first one was!

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 9 years ago

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