Busy As A Bee In Tucson, Arizona

Mortgage and Lending with SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) NMLS 223495

It's amazing what you can capture with an ordinary camera if you have a little patience

Jet black bumblebee enjoying a sip of nectar

Sales are picking up in Tucson for single family homes under $240,000.  AR REALTOR Kevin Wood had a buyer referred by a business source from our BNI Chapter.  I stopped by Kevin's office (Realty Executives of Southern Arizona on Kolb) but Kevin hadn't yet arrived.

It was early morning, and I had my camera, so I looked for something to photograph. 

This is the time of year we love best here in the Old Pueblo.  Daytime high in the 80s, nights down in the 60s.  Flowers are in bloom, and the entrance to Realty Executives sported these purple flowers.

One lonesome bee (it isn't a honeybee) was checking me out, hovering like a helicopter six or eight feet away, darting off, and then coming back to the same spot.

I'm thinking the infra-red autofocus was in a spectrum he could see, because each time I focused the camera on him, he did an about-face and showed me his backside.  LOL

Still, I was happy with the result.  The bees are busy, and so are REALTORS and lenders in Tucson, AZ.


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William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

Good morning Mike,

Obviously this bee is a shutter bug.

My Grand Mother the "Cooger" was also "Flapper" she'd have liked this, because if you look real close at the last photo you can see "the bee's knees."


Nov 06, 2009 08:37 PM #15
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


'Morning to you!  I remember my grandma saying something was "the bee's knees," as well.  Thanks!


Definitely "point and shoot."  Then "crop and publish."  LOL


AMEN (from the choir...) 



Thanks for stopping by!


It's great for the buyers, but not for the sellers...


Thanks for stopping comment!  See you on your blog.


I don't think it is a "killer bee."  Killer bees are common honeybees with a hangover.  This guy didn't fly like a honey bee.  He hovered, darted off sideways or vertically, and stopped on a dime, then hovered again.  I think he kept coming back because he was interested in the nectar from the flowers.  I got a shot of him on the flower, but is was out of focus.


To get the shots with the blue sky background, I kneeled to get under the bee looking up.  The background in that first photo is someone's car.  I was using the macro setting, and it blurred out the background nicely.


You're welcome!  Thanks for taking time to comment.

Mark (or are you Tim?)

Orange County is buzzing!  LOL


When I did my student teaching back in the dark ages, the 11th graders in the honors class I taught gave me "The Rubiyat of Omar K" as a gift.  Thanks for the smile!


 Thanks for coming by to read and comment!


I like all those adjectives.  See you on your blog.


Thanks for being the first to comment.  Much success this weekend!

Mike in Tucson


Nov 06, 2009 10:13 PM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Mike!  I love your new photo and what great shots of the bee!  It's amazing what you find to shoot when you just take a moment to appreciate nature, isn't it?!

Nov 07, 2009 12:22 AM #17
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


I am thinking that you teased the bee just long enough to get him to stand still for the photo.  I must say you are a very talented photographer.

Nov 07, 2009 12:53 AM #18
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Mike, oh my gosh!  You can see the little faces! 

Nov 07, 2009 12:56 AM #19
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

As always, Mike ... wonderful photos!  I love to photograph bees, but being as how I'm allergic to them I have to do it carefully.  LOL  Love those purple flowers!

Nov 07, 2009 02:49 AM #20
Bill Ladewig
LoanOfficerSchool.com - Escondido, CA
Experience Is Your Advantage

Thanks Mike, whenever your blog comes to the top of my list I know I will find something interesting.  Who would think, this time, I would find bee butts. 

My digital camera is pretty basic and there is always a small delay between my click and shutter opening.  So if something is moving I have to take a bunch of pictures. 

My wife just got a Yorky and she wanted pictures to send to her friends.  The little guy won't stay still so I had several dog butt shots before I got one that worked.

I guess I could limber up my old 35mm but it is such a pain getting the pictures developed.


Nov 07, 2009 02:53 AM #21
Jane Penttinen
V.I.P. Mortgage - Tucson, AZ
NMLS #222178

Mike - I don't believe there is ANYTHING that you could not turn into an interesting picture and post.  You have the most creative mind!

Nov 07, 2009 03:36 AM #22
Sallie Williams
Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS - Baton Rouge, LA
REALTOR - MBA, Baton Rouge

Mike, this is a great reminder for me ==> take the camera with me, and next ... use it!  Thanks for fascinating photos and for a post that has elicited so many interesting comments.  I've read them all.

Nov 07, 2009 04:29 AM #23
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Always take the camera with you!  You never know what you'll see.


Thanks for the kind words.  ...and congratulations on your featured post today.  You really touched a nerve re BofA!


My digital camera is a cheapie, and pretty basic.  It's a Panasonic Lumix, but I've learned its idiosyncrasies and it works for me.  I'll bet yours would do just as well.


I made a card with that jet black bumblebee on the vivid purple flower.  I'll have to send you one.


LOL!  You're looking at their little butts!  The head is at the other end.


Thanks for saying so.  I took 30 pictures to get three good ones.


There's no subject matter like God's creation!

Mike in Tucson

Nov 07, 2009 11:50 AM #24
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Not sure what happened to our earlier comment on your post -- but you have great photos as always -- have a good weekend.

Nov 08, 2009 02:02 AM #26
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Thanks for coming back!  I wish you and Bob a successful week!

Mike in Tucson

Nov 08, 2009 11:34 AM #27
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Mike you have captured some fantastic bee shots. I love the first photo, a great close up.

Nov 08, 2009 01:08 PM #28
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


The bee seemed to have two different "gears" for his wings when he was hovering.  The first photo shows the slower of the two speeds for the wings.  The bee was about 20' away in that first shot, but the camera has a 10X zoom.

Mike in Tucson

Nov 08, 2009 11:41 PM #29
John Hurbon
Homesmart International Tucson,AZ - Benson, AZ

BEE have with that camera of yours Mike In Tucson.

John Hurbon



Nov 12, 2009 02:01 PM #30
Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

Mike - Love the shot! Funny we just watched the bee movie :) ~Rita

Nov 12, 2009 02:23 PM #31
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


That's just serendipitous timing!  LOL

Brother John,

Too funny!  Thanks for stopping by.

Mike in Tucson

Nov 12, 2009 02:26 PM #32
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

Mike, I appreciate you driving to Phoenix next week, then waiting for several hours, just to assist our buyer.  Both Stephen and I appreciate your hard work and dedication, each of us knowing that you too are busy as a bee.

Nov 12, 2009 02:27 PM #33
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I can't tell you how much I appreciate the referrals!  Thanks for letting me do a good job for you and Stephen.

Mike in Tucson

Nov 12, 2009 02:29 PM #34
Kathie Morgan

I'll BEE darned - your blog is amazing.  You know it seems to me that we just don't know what you are going to come up with next - FUN.  Hope to see you soon - Sis-in-law

Nov 16, 2009 06:43 AM #35
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