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A Sense of Place With Open Space

Looking west from Tucson Estates 2 towards the Kitt Peak observatories

The white structures on the mountain are the telescopes of the Kitt Peak National Observatory.  That mountain ridge is 75 miles from where we're standing.  It doesn't look it, does it? 

Wikipedia describes Kitt Peak: "With 23 telescopes, it is the largest, most diverse gathering of astronomical instruments in the world."

The first rays of the morning sun light up those white telescopes long before they warm the valley floor below.  This is the first thing I see on my morning walks.

The homes you see in our community of Tucson Estates II are regulated with respect to allowable night lighting because of Kitt Peak.

Light pollution would diminish the capability of the telescopes, so all of our homes' exterior lighting consists of "down lights."  The effect in the evening is enchanting.  What you see are puddles of light on the ground, and brilliant stars above.

Of course, you need to be here to see it.  That can be arranged.  :)

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EDIT:  Here's The Kitt Peak Virtual Tour for you astronomers.  Please comment before you leave.  :)

Comment balloon 55 commentsMike Jones • March 24 2009 06:31AM

Comments

Wow that is beautiful.  You really make someone want to visit Arizona!

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

Kate,

Apparently not enough!  LOL  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 10 years ago

Great photo, Mike!  Do they have any type of scheduled tours or anything like that at Kitt peak?

Posted by Randy Hooker, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek (Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area) over 10 years ago

Beautiful view and photo Mike! I'd visit but not enough in checkbook right now. ;-)

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 10 years ago

Mike,

My wife has an Astromy degree from the University of Texas and she was able to go to Kitts Peak Obsevatory to do a couple of studies. Working there would have been her dream job but she ended up working at McDonald Observatory in Texas for awhile. Then she joined the Navy, met me and the rest is history.

Posted by Dan Callahan (Callahan's Home Inspections) over 10 years ago

Fascinating.  Reading ActiveRain is often like a guided tour of the U.S.  I love it. 

You captured so much with the colors of the homes in the foreground.  That's got to be unique to the desert communities. 

Never heard of Kitts Peak before.  Like all "kids", I'm fascinated with astronomy.

 

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

Wow that is gorgeous Mike. I wouldn't mind waking up to that every morning.

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

Bill,

I have a neighbor two doors away, a snowbird from Massachussets, who feels the same way.  Hint, hint...

Lenn,

Our HOA is progressive, and appreciates the vibrant southwest colors.  (The big national builders seem to have a "sameness" clause in their HOA regs.)  I've edited a link to the virtual tour of Kitt Peak up above to satisfy your fascination.  Enjoy!

Dan,

She must have some great photos of the mountain!

Susie,

Thanks for stopping by!  I've got a feeling this is going to turn around for you soon.

Randy,

They do have scheduled tours.  Here's the link.  My Darlin' and I especially enjoy the night tours.  Fantastic!

Mike in Tucson

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

ToulaRosebrock.comHi Mike:

Just a gorgeous photo!

Arizona is so beautiful.

By the way, congrats on the feature...

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 10 years ago

Toula,

Yes it is!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.  Enjoy the virtual tour.

Mike in Tucson

 

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

Hey Mike, great Localism post and I love the 'hook" at the end. Have a good week!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Mike, beautiful photograph. I used to live on a cattle ranch in AZ when I was a teen. In the middle of nowhere, by Horseshoe Dam. It is a spectacular place to be sure. Miss it terribly. Thanks for the beautiful shot.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

Great post, Mike, and I love the call to action at the end!  Very nice photograph too. Just beautiful...

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 10 years ago

Mike - Kitt Peak sounds like a "must visit" place. I am sure there are beautiful stars to be enjoyed with telescopes - your skies are so clear. Great post! Congrats on the gold star!

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

Thanks for the link.  I found something interesting.  The photo of The Whirlpool Nebula is a "virtual tour".

They stitched 3 shots together to make the published image.

Just like a real estate agent would do.

Funny.

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

Lenn,

They're selling the universe!  It's an absolutely fascinating place.  When you take the night tour, they give you a "starfinder" and teach you to use it to locate and identify constellations from anywhere on any given day of the year.

Sharon,

It certainly is a must-visit!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Christianne,

So when are you coming to visit?  :)

Andrea,

I can understand why you miss being here.  Thanks for commenting.

Russell,

Ask, and ye shall receive...  :)

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike, Great photos...

Posted by Jean Terry (Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C.) over 10 years ago

Mike, what a wonderful picture!  Thank you for a peak of Tucson.  I'm looking forward to going back.

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate over 10 years ago

Tony,

Let us know when you're coming!

Jean,

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

Dear Mike,

Gorgeous photo. What an inspiring site to see on your morning walks!

Thanks for sharing.

Barbara

Posted by Barbara Delaney (Park Place REALTORS, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Mike - Sometimes it's the little things - like open space and and natural beauty that matter at end of they day.  I'm sure the stars on a clear night are just breathtaking :)

Posted by Jessica Bigger, Freelance Real Estate Business Writer (Bigger Communications) over 10 years ago

Mike..great photo. I've visited Tucson and it is indeed a beautiful place.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 10 years ago

Just gorgeous and post card picture perfect.  It caught so much -- the western architecture, valley, beautiful mountain and of course the telescopes.

If I had the funds I would love to come out and see your part of the world.  The next best thing is being transported there via the Internet and/or the Travel Channel.

Thanks,
Sue of Robin and Sue in also beautiful Western NC.

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 10 years ago

What a well written post with a great picture!  I would love to know more about those telescopes, too.  Thanks!

Posted by Bruce & Mary Smith, REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC (Savannah Lakes Homes) over 10 years ago

That's cool, here I thought we were cool with our one telescope up on Palomar Mountain, but you've trumped us with your 23!

Posted by Real Estate Virtual Assistant & Agent, Proud to Serve Your Real Estate Needs (Christine Wade) over 10 years ago

Mike - Wide open spaces. On my bucket list. Thanks for the glimpse into your backyard

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike...What a clever way to encourage folks to check out your part of the world. 

The photo and the text make it very appealing.

Take care,

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 10 years ago

Beautiful, it almost looks like it cant be real

Posted by Aaron Poling, Working to get YOU the BEST Deal! (Long & Foster) over 10 years ago

Mike, you should enter Theresa Boardmans contest. You take such great pictures, you always have.

Posted by Dena Stevens Coriz, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) over 10 years ago

Dena,

Thanks for the encouragement; I read Theresa Boardman's contest post this morning and commented.  Think I'll have to do that!

Walter,

We say that at least once a week!

Kate,

Thanks for commenting; I'll see you on your blog.

Claude,

It's worth putting on the list!

Christine,

Thanks for the link; I'll check it out.

Bruce & Mary,

Check out the link at the end of the post; you can take the virtual tour of the universe.

Sue,

You live in a beautiful part of the world; I miss your Blue Ridge Mountains!

Rebecca,

I hope you'll do it again!

Jessica,

It's amazing how bright the night sky is when there is no light pollution to hide the stars.

Barbara,

You're most welcome!  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike- gorgous photo, of course, you always take awesome photos that I just love!

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 10 years ago

It's pictures like these that remind me why I moved here from Connecticut to go to Arizona St. sight unseen.

Posted by Mark MacKenzie over 10 years ago

How cool. I love the idea of those telescopes spreading more light. And keeping your outdoor lighting low, in order to maximize the telescopic light is great too. Is that some kind of ordinance?

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 10 years ago

Lisa,

It is a law of some sort, to minimize what is actually called "light pollution."  It minimizes extraneous light.  The guys on top of the mountain hate the full moon for the same reason.  "Hey!  Turn down the lights!"  LOL

Mark,

You and me both!

Katerina,

You're always so encouraging!  Thanks.

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike- this is a stunning photo!  Did you use HDR to properly expose the homes and the mountains?

Posted by JB Brookman, High School Senior Portrait Photographer (JB Brookman Photography) over 10 years ago

JB,

Help me out.  What's HDR?  I'll google it.

Mike in Tucson

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

Okay.  I'm back, JB. THANK YOU!

No, I didn't use HDR, but I really appreciate knowing about it.  For the rest of you who would like to check it out, here's the link:  High Dynamic Range imaging.

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

Mike - Looks and sounds gorgeous.  Thanks for sharing a bit of your home with us!

Posted by _ _ over 10 years ago

Mike, beautiful photo. Well composed.

I wish more places did down lights, or lower light levels. It makes for more interesting lighting.

I suppose the down lights in Tuscon are also to illuminate all the eggs that fry on the sidewalks in the summer.

Posted by Andrew Haslett, Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector (Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI) over 10 years ago

Andrew,

It does get hot in the summer, but we love it!

Jason,

You're welcome; come back soon.

Mike in Tucson

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

Beutiful picture Mike!! That area is one of my favorite parts of the country!!

Posted by Dan Magstadt (Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc) over 10 years ago

Dan,

I'm glad you like it!  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

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

Another great photo -- you always have good post and good photos.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Fascinating!  I love the photography!

This is now featured on the TravelingRainers Group.

Great job!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

Heads up. On top of aaaallll these features you got on this post, you're also on my list of featured posts on the blog I just wrote, for the Things to Do/Places to Visit group.

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 10 years ago

Lisa,

You are so kind!  Thanks for the feature.

Mirela,

Ditto!  Thank you so much.

Carolin,

I appreciate the encouragement!  Do you ever make Bob do the blogging and commenting?

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike Great photo! Makes me want to jump on a plane and come visit Arizona. Just Beautiful thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jackie DeShazer (Montana Country Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I remember Kitt Peak as one of the first places I visited when I moved to Tucson all those years ago. The telescopes are trully amazing!!

Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie, Previews Property Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

I haven't been there since I was a kid.  Hmmm, maybe I'll have to see it through grown up eyes.  :) 

It looks so close to you.  I forget how close it is.  Just last night I was talking to a friend about my old neighborhood not having street lights because of Kitt Peak.

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

Doreen,

Doesn't it make you want to come back?

Anne,

We visited it when we first moved here more than a decade ago; it's a great place.

Jackie,

Well, do it!  Act on your promptings.

Mike in Tucson

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

yes.

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

Doreen,

LOL!  Today, you're my favorite commenter.  Now go write something so I can come reciprocate!

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike - First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on the feature:-)  I continue to be amazed by the beautiful Tucson photo shots you provide with that little camera of your's.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 10 years ago

Myrl,

Thanks for stopping by to say so!  Here's hoping your week is super successful.

Mike in Tucson

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

Great post - thanks for sharing the photos.  I'm in Texas and don't get around to seeing mountains very often!  Beautiful!

Posted by Renee Marrs Caperton, Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate (Marrs & Associates) about 10 years ago

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