Desert Oddity: Ironwood Gargoyle #1

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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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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

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.  

Jun 22, 2011 01:09 AM #1
Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL
SaraMana Properties - - Bradenton, FL - Listings In Paradise

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

Jun 22, 2011 01:12 AM #2
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


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

Jun 22, 2011 06:27 AM #3
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


That is the ugliest thing!

It's also fascinating.


Jun 22, 2011 07:37 AM #4
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

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

Jun 22, 2011 08:43 AM #5
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

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.

Jun 22, 2011 09:24 AM #6
Don MacLean
Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY - Franklin, MA
Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA

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

Jun 22, 2011 09:43 AM #7
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


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

Jun 22, 2011 10:43 AM #8
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686

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

Good eye.


Jun 22, 2011 10:48 PM #9
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

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

Jun 23, 2011 10:37 AM #10
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

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

Jun 24, 2011 12:15 PM #11
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

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

Jun 24, 2011 12:22 PM #12
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

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

Jun 27, 2011 08:41 AM #13
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