110 Degrees, and Momma Woodpecker is Working to Feed the Babies!

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Self portrait at sunset: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Self portrait at sunset ~

It hit 110 degrees in Tucson this afternoon, so I made an adjustment.  I took four bottles of water on on my 4:00 hike, and I chose a trail that intersects with the Dobe Wash.  Today wasn't a day for hiking a trail with a lot of lines on the topo map.

This Gila Woodpecker was working, though.  I could hear the babies in the nest calling for food, and I set myself up in the shade of another saguaro cactus and started clicking away.  Keep at something long enough, and you'll get a winner.

Gila Woodpecker: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

All in all, it was a great day!  How's by you?


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Comments (19)

Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Now in that kind of heat it is difficult to go on a hike.  Good shot it was worth it.

Jun 26, 2011 06:19 PM
Lynn Donn
Royal Lepage Nanaimo Realty - Nanaimo, BC
Homes for Sale in Nanaimo BC

Wow!  I love your pics.  I can just feel the heat in the colors.  You live in a wonderful place.

Jun 26, 2011 06:31 PM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

That's one tough woodpecker, Mike! 110 degrees! Whew - the only good thing about your Arizona heat is that there's virtually no humidity.

Jun 26, 2011 06:35 PM
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

That's a pretty cool self-portrait and a busy mamma. I saw them first on Facebook.

Jun 26, 2011 06:36 PM
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

I'm up in Phoenix and I had two tours today with Buyers.  And it was freaking hot.  This couple of months it's pretty intense, out showing properties.  You try for early in the morning, but sometimes the client's schedule will not allow for it. 

Jun 26, 2011 06:39 PM
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Great shots, both of them. Sounds like you have your 4pm hikes down to a relative science - good for you!

Jun 26, 2011 10:57 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Mike - more of those amazing shots that you always manage to take and share! Thanks!

Jun 27, 2011 01:37 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Great picture of the woodpecker, Mike. It's so true-if you just keep on shooting-you will get the great shot. You'll have to take a look at my picture of a picture.

Jun 27, 2011 01:45 AM
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356

Mike, amazing shots.

I guess if you wait long enough and have the talent you do you'll get the shot as well as the memory.

Enjoy the day

Jun 27, 2011 01:48 AM
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Mike - That's a couple more for your database. I've noticed that the birds don't really seem to mind the heat at all, I guess that's the environment they live in and they adjust. In order to succeed, we all need to adjust. Great shots.

Jun 27, 2011 03:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Wonderful photograph.  I hope you will post it in the Birds Group on ActiveRain.

 Life is good!

Jun 27, 2011 03:22 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Your self-servant leadership as a Volunteer Ranger putting out the fires in AZ are to be applauded and commended. You are putting your own life on the line and trying to save wildlife. I think you're my hero and the Staff at AR and everyone in the RAIN needs to know about you and start praying for RAIN in AZ. We need to pray that you are protected along with all the landscape, homes, and wilflife that you are trying to protect.

Mike, you are a heroic man who emobdies courage. Your self-serfance leadership is not about praise and glory, or recognition for you, but to alert the people that the hot temperatures, exceeding 110 in AZ is out of control. With limited manpower, there's only so much you can do. You are doing the best you can and at the very least we can do is give a shout out for prayers to protect you, the people, their homes, the wildlife and all it's landscaping.

Mike thank you for your Volunteer efforts as a Ranger. Putting out fires is hot and hard work. I pray for safety. The air has to be hard to breath. Take care of yourself and know that I'm praying for you and for RAIN.


Jun 27, 2011 03:23 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I appreciate your kind words, but in my work as a volunteer ranger, I just stand behind the desk at the Red Hills Visitor Center, 60 miles from the nearest of the fires, and answer questions for our visitors.  No danger there.  Saguaro National Park (West) is open, and all the trails are available to visitors.


Thanks, my friend!


That's right.  In order to succeed, we all need to adjust.  Thanks for stopping by.


Anyone can do it.  (And I use an inexpensive camera.)


Thanks for stopping by!  I commented on your blog just now.


You're welcome!


There was a young lady about your age who overtook me on the trail and kept going.  She was jogging!


What a day to be showing houses in Phoenix.  I'm betting the AC wasn't on in those homes.


Thanks for clicking the link on Facebook!  It's pretty hot there in Texas, isn't it?


You're so right about the humidity!  It's comfortable in the shade.


That I do!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.


Thanks for being the first to comment.  Isn't the RAIN a wonderful place?!

Mike in Tucson

Jun 27, 2011 04:19 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Mike that is another beautiful sunset in the first picture.  I got the card today of the sunset you took the other day.  Everyone in the office loved it.  THANK YOU.

Jun 27, 2011 01:32 PM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

Love the self portrait, is that at the park?  The woodpecker coming to feed her young ones is great, too.  

Jun 28, 2011 03:28 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Mike, Thanks so much for posting your wonderful photos.  Your thirst for capturing photos in the wild no matter what the temp is a gift to us all.


Thanks to Juli Vosmik's post about your efforts as a Volunteer in AZ. 

(I've been spotty on my time here due to health issues, so glad I caught Juli's post)

Take care,

Jun 28, 2011 05:00 AM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Mike, great photos, as always.  And, now that we're 115, I hope this fine feathered friend is staying cool.

Gloria, I'm sorry to hear about you being ill.  I hope everything's fine, now.

Jun 28, 2011 06:00 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Thanks for stopping by on vacation!


Thanks for the feature, and for the link to Juli's blog post.  I hadn't seen it.


The window is the west facade of the Red Hills Visitor's Center at Saguaro National Park West.


You're welcome!

Mike in Tucson

Jun 28, 2011 06:44 AM
Emily Read
Salt Lake City, UT

What an amazing shot, Mike - I was sent to your blog from Juli's post as well - you're a great guy! Subscribing!!

Jun 28, 2011 10:26 AM