Mike in Tucson's Saturday Night Post

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Saturday Night Sunset: Mike in Tucson, Mortgage Lender

~ Sonoran Desert Sunset ~

It never fails.  The parking lot on the summit of Gates Pass Road is full one-half hour before sunset.  The glow of the setting sun brings a chorus of "Ooohs" and "Aahhs" from the tourists.  Their sunset is the little one you see there on the right.

The sun's glow fades, and the sky turns gray.  People make their way to their cars and head on down the hill, lights on, glad to have experienced a Tucson sunset.

They left the party too early.  Ten minutes after dusk begins to fall, color again begins to flush on the bottoms of the clouds, and within a minute or two, this (the photo above) is what the sky looks like behind them to the west.

I call it the "afterglow."  Many tourists never see it.  Satisfied that they had experienced all there was to see, they're gone.  Anticipating dinner, they head east down the mountain, leaving me to photograph the kind of sunset most people in higher latitudes will never enjoy.

There's a business lesson there, my friends.

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Good morning Mike. Cool picture. I really enjoy visiting the high desert. The sunrises and sun sets are spectacular...

Nov 06, 2010 09:28 PM #9
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Mike,

It's so sad that so many have never taken the time to sit on top a hill and watch a sunset! Or seen the hope that is sunrise! Preferably with some one you love.

Great work!

Bill

Nov 06, 2010 11:56 PM #10
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Good morning Mike,

You are right..the "afterglow" is usually missed. I'm so glad you waited as this is a stunning photo! Thanks for sharing.

Nov 07, 2010 12:35 AM #11
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Beautiful pictures, Mike. Isn't that the problem these days, everyone is in a hurry to get to the next thing and never really enjoy what they have at that moment. Not only is it a business lesson; but a lesson in life.

Nov 07, 2010 01:10 AM #12
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Mike - absolutely glorious!  LOVE the photo. Gay

Nov 07, 2010 01:12 AM #13
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I have to say that you take some great pics. I love living in the desert.

Nov 07, 2010 01:55 AM #14
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Mike - the photos are fantastic, and some day I'll get the chance to see these sights myself. Enjoy the weekend.

Nov 07, 2010 01:59 AM #15
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Larry,

Good deal!  Please let me know when you're coming.

Harry,

Thanks!

Gay,

It's beautiful, isn't it?

Toni,

I like your take on this; we do need to take a litte more time...

Dorie,

Good morning!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Bill,

Thank you! 

Michael,

...and a "good morning" to you, Mr. Holmes!  Love the profile photo.

Em,

...and they're not too shabby in New Mexico, either!

Joetta,

That particular parking lot at the summit of Gates Pass draws visitors from around the world.  Maybe even you, one of these days!

Jane,

It certainly pays to wait another 10 or 15 minutes!

Lynda,

We want to see some of those; see you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Nov 07, 2010 01:23 AM #16
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Mike, how wonderful to have such a beautiful landscape and sunset to enjoy.  I'll have to make the drive, go to San Diego to see Heritage Park that William Johnson wrote about in his featured blog today, and make my way back to Arizona for an inspiring sunset.  Thanks for sharing!

Nov 07, 2010 01:39 AM #17
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Mike, spectacular sunset. Well worth the wait to get the afterglow. Thanks.

Nov 07, 2010 03:18 AM #18
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Beautiful....I love sunsets. I'm from California and used to seeing them over the ocean, when I lived in PA for a year there were some wonderful sunsets....with no where to go to see them :)

Nov 07, 2010 04:36 AM #19
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Mike, there are few places on the planet with the same glorious sunsets and its a treasure that you manage to document and share as well as enjoy!

Nov 07, 2010 09:53 AM #20
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Mike, there are few places on the planet with the same glorious sunsets and its a treasure that you manage to document and share as well as enjoy!

Nov 07, 2010 09:53 AM #21
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My husband loves to take pictures of the Arizona sunsets and sun rises. People who have never visited Arizona miss the beauty the state has to offer.  Your pictures add to the attraction that brings the snowbirds year after year.

Nov 07, 2010 10:19 AM #22
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Mike what a stunning photograph, I must say you get some of the prettiest sunsets.   I am never disappointed when I stop by.

Nov 07, 2010 11:09 AM #23
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That is one gorgeous "afterglow".

Nov 07, 2010 03:20 PM #24
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Hi Mike,

I never heard of the "afterglow".  What a great way to describe it.

Nov 07, 2010 04:24 PM #26
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Okay, just where is Gates Pass Rd?  I place I need to put on my must see list next time I come down there.  AWESOME photos, Mike.

Nov 08, 2010 05:20 AM #27
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Blue Saguaro: Mike in Tucson, Mortgage LenderJuli,

Exit I-10 at Speedway.  Go west.  Speedway becomes Gates Pass Road.

Bruce,

Some of my favorite shots happen just after the sky goes gray. This one on the right is one of those. 

Then, all of a sudden, it seems, you get an afterglow like the photo in the post.

Karli,

Thanks for your encouragement!

Tammy,

Thanks!!

Jennifer,

One of these days, you're going to leave the Hudson Valley and take a trip to Tucson.  Call me when you do.

Roberta,

I'll mosey on over to your post and look for some of them!

Russell,

I sure enjoy doing it.

Karen,

Too many trees in Pennsylvania!  And the latitude is too far north.

Michael,

Thanks!

Kate,

Call before you come, and we'll have a mini-AR-meetup!

Mike in Tucson

Nov 11, 2010 02:58 PM #28
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WOW Mike some great photos ...

Vegas Bob ;-)

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