Smoky Sunset With Saguaro: Saguaro National Park (West)

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Smoky sunset in Saguaro National Park: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Smoky Sunset with Saguaro ~

The fires are sixty miles south of us, but this afternoon, the wind shifted, and a pall fell over the desert.  I was hiking the Valley View Trail in Saguaro National Park West (near Picture Rocks) when the sun went down, and all that smoke gave us an amazing sunset!

Here's what the horizon looked like at 7:00 p.m.:

Smoke obscures the desert: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender


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Comments (23)

Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Those fires are an amazing detriment to the environment.  The helplessness of man in the face of such destriction is sad.  Thank goodness nature will heal itself over the years.

Jun 19, 2011 10:21 PM
Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

WOW Mike! Those pictures are AMAZING! We've had our share of fires in the Houston area too because of the drought - thank God we are in for some rain this week!!

Jun 19, 2011 10:53 PM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

Awesome photos.  My nephew and his family live in SV.  I wonder if they will have to leave??

Jun 19, 2011 11:21 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Mike that first picture is amazing.  You should have that framed and put up on a wall.

Jun 20, 2011 12:43 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I noticed a change in the sunset the other night with the fires going on up North. Amazing

Jun 20, 2011 01:35 AM
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


So beautifully surrealistic.

So hard to breath!

Cough, cough.


Jun 20, 2011 02:57 AM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Mike, those photos are so awesome.  The circumstances allowing for those great photos is a shame.  The news just reported another 200 homes in Sierra Vista had to be evacuated.  I hope they're all safe and their homes are okay. 

Jun 20, 2011 04:03 AM
Brett Reichel
Homebridge Financial Services - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
MLO 210215

Great shots - too bad about the fires.  I hope they are under control soon.

Jun 20, 2011 04:22 AM
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356

Great shots Mike.

What may I ask is on top of that cactus in photo 1? Looks like a birds nest of some sort.

Enjoy the day

Jun 20, 2011 04:29 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

We had dinner in the foothills and when we arrived, the smoke was settled in the Tucson valley like a low laying cloud.  When we left, even all of Oro Valley was in the smokey fog.  It must be unbelievably thick at the source.  My heart goes out to residents, business, animals, and everyone working at the fire sites around Arizona.  Especially in this heat.  Those monsoons could come NOW and no one would complain!  BTW - love the photo

Jun 20, 2011 04:43 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Wow, that first picture was/is a really cool one.  Great shot!

Jun 20, 2011 05:50 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


There has been a little smoke in Arizona recently, but it will soon end.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 20, 2011 01:02 PM
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Mike - more great desert shots that make me wonder if you are in the wrong line of business. I don't know of anyone who takes better shots of the desert than you.

Jun 21, 2011 01:52 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


You're so encouraging!  Keep it up!


Seems like the whole state is on fire.


I'm glad you like it!


I'm with you on that!  Bring on the monsoons.


It's a Saguaro Cactus, and the crown is a circle of fruit that sets in June after the plant flowers in May.


From your mouth to God's ears!


We had to close our office in Sierra Vista!


It's not good for the lungs.


It's surreal, isn't it?


I sent you the photo in a card.  Good talking to you.


Did they have to evacuate?


Send some our way!


The whole east side of the Chiricahuas is blackened.  That's what happened to Yellowstone a while ago, and it's coming back better than ever.  The ash fertilizes the ground.


C'mon back and visit!


Thanks!  I appreciate your encouragement.


Thanks for being the first to comment!

Mike in Tucson

Jun 21, 2011 12:29 PM
Ann Heitland
Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales

Nice pics, as always. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Monsoon not scheduled to start here until July 4 -- they come a little later. But we had some nice, light, steady rain on Sunday, so I expect that means you are getting drenched!

Jun 21, 2011 03:47 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


We're dry as a bone in Tucson.  Quit hogging all the rain.  :)

Mike in Tucson

Jun 21, 2011 05:28 PM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

No, they didn't have to leave.  Did get put on notice a couple of times, but so far didn't have to go.  

Jun 23, 2011 03:32 AM
John Hurbon
Homesmart International Tucson,AZ - Benson, AZ

You always WOW ME with your pictures, we are still searching for the solution. Please call me Monday when you get a chance.

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,


John from Benson

Jun 25, 2011 04:48 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I'll do that!  Thanks for your kind words.


I'm glad your relatives in Sierra Vista made it through!

Mike in Tucson

Jun 27, 2011 04:35 AM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Mike, I especially like the top photo "Smokey Sunset with Saquaro" because it has bright colors yet it has a softer feeling.

Sep 11, 2014 10:42 PM