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110 Degrees, and Momma Woodpecker is Working to Feed the Babies!

Self portrait at sunset: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Self portrait at sunset ~

It hit 110 degrees in Tucson this afternoon, so I made an adjustment.  I took four bottles of water on on my 4:00 hike, and I chose a trail that intersects with the Dobe Wash.  Today wasn't a day for hiking a trail with a lot of lines on the topo map.

This Gila Woodpecker was working, though.  I could hear the babies in the nest calling for food, and I set myself up in the shade of another saguaro cactus and started clicking away.  Keep at something long enough, and you'll get a winner.

Gila Woodpecker: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

All in all, it was a great day!  How's by you?


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Comment balloon 19 commentsMike Jones • June 27 2011 01:17AM


Now in that kind of heat it is difficult to go on a hike.  Good shot it was worth it.

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

Wow!  I love your pics.  I can just feel the heat in the colors.  You live in a wonderful place.

Posted by Lynn Donn, Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC (Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty) over 9 years ago

That's one tough woodpecker, Mike! 110 degrees! Whew - the only good thing about your Arizona heat is that there's virtually no humidity.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) over 9 years ago

That's a pretty cool self-portrait and a busy mamma. I saw them first on Facebook.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 9 years ago

I'm up in Phoenix and I had two tours today with Buyers.  And it was freaking hot.  This couple of months it's pretty intense, out showing properties.  You try for early in the morning, but sometimes the client's schedule will not allow for it. 

Posted by Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®, Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona (DPR Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Great shots, both of them. Sounds like you have your 4pm hikes down to a relative science - good for you!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 9 years ago

Mike - more of those amazing shots that you always manage to take and share! Thanks!

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

Great picture of the woodpecker, Mike. It's so true-if you just keep on shooting-you will get the great shot. You'll have to take a look at my picture of a picture.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 9 years ago

Mike, amazing shots.

I guess if you wait long enough and have the talent you do you'll get the shot as well as the memory.

Enjoy the day

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

Mike - That's a couple more for your database. I've noticed that the birds don't really seem to mind the heat at all, I guess that's the environment they live in and they adjust. In order to succeed, we all need to adjust. Great shots.

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

Wonderful photograph.  I hope you will post it in the Birds Group on ActiveRain.

 Life is good!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 9 years ago


Your self-servant leadership as a Volunteer Ranger putting out the fires in AZ are to be applauded and commended. You are putting your own life on the line and trying to save wildlife. I think you're my hero and the Staff at AR and everyone in the RAIN needs to know about you and start praying for RAIN in AZ. We need to pray that you are protected along with all the landscape, homes, and wilflife that you are trying to protect.

Mike, you are a heroic man who emobdies courage. Your self-serfance leadership is not about praise and glory, or recognition for you, but to alert the people that the hot temperatures, exceeding 110 in AZ is out of control. With limited manpower, there's only so much you can do. You are doing the best you can and at the very least we can do is give a shout out for prayers to protect you, the people, their homes, the wildlife and all it's landscaping.

Mike thank you for your Volunteer efforts as a Ranger. Putting out fires is hot and hard work. I pray for safety. The air has to be hard to breath. Take care of yourself and know that I'm praying for you and for RAIN.


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 9 years ago


I appreciate your kind words, but in my work as a volunteer ranger, I just stand behind the desk at the Red Hills Visitor Center, 60 miles from the nearest of the fires, and answer questions for our visitors.  No danger there.  Saguaro National Park (West) is open, and all the trails are available to visitors.


Thanks, my friend!


That's right.  In order to succeed, we all need to adjust.  Thanks for stopping by.


Anyone can do it.  (And I use an inexpensive camera.)


Thanks for stopping by!  I commented on your blog just now.


You're welcome!


There was a young lady about your age who overtook me on the trail and kept going.  She was jogging!


What a day to be showing houses in Phoenix.  I'm betting the AC wasn't on in those homes.


Thanks for clicking the link on Facebook!  It's pretty hot there in Texas, isn't it?


You're so right about the humidity!  It's comfortable in the shade.


That I do!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.


Thanks for being the first to comment.  Isn't the RAIN a wonderful place?!

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike that is another beautiful sunset in the first picture.  I got the card today of the sunset you took the other day.  Everyone in the office loved it.  THANK YOU.

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

Love the self portrait, is that at the park?  The woodpecker coming to feed her young ones is great, too.  

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

Hi Mike, Thanks so much for posting your wonderful photos.  Your thirst for capturing photos in the wild no matter what the temp is a gift to us all.


Thanks to Juli Vosmik's post about your efforts as a Volunteer in AZ. 

(I've been spotty on my time here due to health issues, so glad I caught Juli's post)

Take care,

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

Mike, great photos, as always.  And, now that we're 115, I hope this fine feathered friend is staying cool.

Gloria, I'm sorry to hear about you being ill.  I hope everything's fine, now.

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


Thanks for stopping by on vacation!


Thanks for the feature, and for the link to Juli's blog post.  I hadn't seen it.


The window is the west facade of the Red Hills Visitor's Center at Saguaro National Park West.


You're welcome!

Mike in Tucson

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

What an amazing shot, Mike - I was sent to your blog from Juli's post as well - you're a great guy! Subscribing!!

Posted by Emily Read over 9 years ago

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