Tucson By Choice!: Desert Bighorn Sheep On Pusch Ridge, Oro Valley, AZ

Desert Bighorn Sheep On Pusch Ridge, Oro Valley, AZ

Rainbow on Pusch Ridge, Oro Valley, AZ

Desert Bighorn Sheep at the Arizona Sonoran Desert MuseumThe granite promontory (above) is the identifying feature of Pusch Ridge, an upthrust of rock that runs north from Tucson to Catalina, AZ, and overlooks Arizona's Catalina State Park. This photo was taken from the community of Honeybee Ridge in Oro Valley, AZ.

Pusch Ridge is home to the last surviving herd of wild Desert Bighorn Sheep in the greater Tucson area, and perhaps in all of southern Arizona.

The ram on the right lives at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum (one of the ten best zoos in the world.) 

If you're thinking of making Tucson or one of the surrounding towns your retirement home, subscribe to my blog and give me a call.

 

7/4/09  EDIT:  I received an email from John Peters, Jr. with the following info about Desert Bighorns on Pusch Ridge:

"...there have not been any bighorn sheep on Pusch Ridge for years. Despite numerous flyover and foot searches, no sheep have been spotted. Speculation is that the mountain lions took them out."

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34 commentsMike Jones • July 04 2009 04:21AM

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Mike - I've asked before and I'll ask again .... When are you publishing your coffee table book?

Your photographs are terriffic!

Posted by Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn, Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker (Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs) about 5 years ago

Stewart,

Funny thing; I had a meeting with two people today about a business venture, and the thing that ignited it was my photography.  Thanks for your encouragement; it's much appreciated.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 5 years ago

Hi Mike!
These are beautiful photos...were you really that close to the sheep? Cool!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) about 5 years ago

Beautiful photos, Mike.  And just so you know ... I now have a "Arizona Vacation Fund" envelope in my dresser drawer.  LOL

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 5 years ago

Mike, great photos!  Again, I love photos of desert bighorns, I have seen a few of them in the wild, they are a magnificent animal!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Keller Williams Legacy) about 5 years ago

"A Moment In Time"

This scene may never again exist.  We are treated to a brief moment in time.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Wow! Neat shot Mike. One of the few times that I have seen a photo featured. Congrats...

Your building consultant for life in Nashville, TN

Posted by Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Beautiful!

Posted by Cheryl Johnson (Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) about 5 years ago

Cheryl,

Thanks for stopping by! 

Michael,

Hey, thanks, my friend!

Lenn,

I appreciate your comment.

Tony & Darcy,

I've seen Mountain Goats in the wild in Alaska, but never a Bighorn, let alone a Desert Bighorn.  What a privelege you had.

Carol,

Now you've got a plan, and not just a goal!  I'm looking forward to your visit.  Bring a camera.

Paula,

I really was.  Come on down and visit the Desert Museum.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 5 years ago

Two very nice photos sir and a nice introduction to the area the Bighorns live.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 5 years ago

This was lovely to wake up to on the 4th of July. Gorgeous shot - you are an amazing photograher.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 5 years ago

I love the picture Mike. It gave me much needed peace this morning. Thank you.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Broker/REALTOR, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc (Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc) about 5 years ago

Now that is one cool picture!!  Happy 4th of July Mike!  Keep the pics coming.

Posted by Tony Toto, The Walking Traveler (Freelance Writer & Photographer - Travel) about 5 years ago

Mike - A couple of great photographs and congrats on the feature!

VB

Posted by Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent (REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 ) about 5 years ago

Mike-- you've always got the BEST photos! Thanks for posting this today. Happy 4th!

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) about 5 years ago

Mike - I don't know what to say other than that I'm speechless at the magnificence of this photo! Have a Happy 4th of July.

Posted by Donna Bigda, Greater New Haven CT Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance) about 5 years ago

Mike, Wow, great composition for this pic.  Mind sharing some of the technical info ?  Well done.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 5 years ago

Mike, I just love that rainbow you captured among the cacti.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 5 years ago

Wow, mountains, ram, cactus, and a rainbow!!!  It doesn't get better than this!  Beautiful photography!  I love the comments aligned to the right too...keep it interesting!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 5 years ago

Oh my goodness. . .What a spectacular rainbow, perfectly framed by the arms of a cactus!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 5 years ago

WOW! What absolutely magical images. Did you feel a shift of the soul??? My God, I would!! thanks for sharing these amazing photos!

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) about 5 years ago

I love that top photo. Very nice. I like the cactuses. I want to go there one day so that I can see them.

Posted by Teresa Boardman (Saint Paul Home Realty) about 5 years ago

Mike,

You've out done yourself! a red white and blue rainbow in a cacti, for the Fourth, how appropriate!

Bill

PS: The sheep should prosper, they poor eating!

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 5 years ago

Thanks for the view from your eyes. I just bought a new camera so we can carry it with us to have an opportunity to try and capture shots like that.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 5 years ago

Howdy there Mike

You sure do always post really fine photos, of your area for folks to look at.

 Is Arizina working on a way to keep the Desert Bighorn Sheep around?

Have a fun and safe 4 of July!

God Bless America

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 5 years ago

Dale,

Wikipedia has a tremendously useful article on the Desert Bighorns.  Here's an excerpt:

"Desert Bighorn Sheep populations have trended upward since the 1960s when their population was estimated at 6,700-8,100. The upward trend was caused by conservation measures, including habitat preservation. In 1980 Desert Bighorn Sheep populations were estimated at 8,415-9,040. A state-by-state survey was conducted a few years later and estimated the overall U.S. Desert Bighorn Sheep population at 15,980. The 1993 estimate of the population is 18,965-19,040."

Terry,

Stopping for the photo made me a few minutes late for an appointment, but them's the dirties!

Bill,

It's the rams' racks that did them in at the beginning of the century, but with conservation measures funded in large part by the hunting community, they have rebounded!

Teresa,

We have a lot of snowbirds from your neck of the woods.  Come on down!  :)

Mara,

You're so welcome!  Thanks for the encouragement.

Myrl,

The monsoons bring rainbows with them, and we just love it!  Thanks for commenting.

Sharon,

Thanks for commenting; see you on your blog!

Gary,

Thanks for saying so!  I'm a subscriber to your blog, and I appreciate you.

Bill,

The camera is a relative cheapie:  Panasonic Lumix.  It has a 10X optical zoom, and the glass is Leica.  Auto focus, auto exposure. You can get a newer model than mine at Costco for $220. or so.  I love this camera.

Donna,

Happy Fourth of July to you, too.  (It's our anniversary.)

Erica,

It's good to see you; you're welcome!

Vegas Bob,

That's high praise, coming from you. Thanks!!

Tony,

We'll do it!  Hope all is well with you and yours.

BB,

What a wonderful comment!  Thanks for stopping by.

Anna,

It's the amazing subject matter!  We love living in Tucson, AZ.

Don,

Thanks, my friend!

Mike in Tucson

 

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 5 years ago

Hi Mike,
This country of ours is sooo beautiful, thank you for capturing your area and sharing with us!

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, RealtorĀ® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) about 5 years ago

Cynthia,

I hope your Fourth was fantastic.  It's past 10 where you live, so I expect the fireworks are over.  Thanks for coming by to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 5 years ago

I recently shot a tour down there in Oro Valley..along Pusch Ridge. First time I'd been down there. Beautiful area! Nice Shots!

Desert360

Posted by Anonymous about 5 years ago

Mike, you take some awesome pictures of the hardly seen Arizona wildlife.  Congratulations on being featured.

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers, Associate Broker Realtor Arizona Golf Communities (Long Realty West Valley Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona) about 5 years ago

Spectacular scenery captured so eloquently by you on "film." Thanks.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes) about 5 years ago

Mike - Happy Anniversary!  What a wonderful day to celebrate it!! :)

Posted by Donna Bigda, Greater New Haven CT Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance) about 5 years ago

You're making me want to plan a trip back to Tucson again... we had a great hike in that area together a couple of years ago.  Thanks for the great shots.

Posted by John Morgan about 5 years ago

JD,

We certainly did!  I'm looking forward to your next visit.  Just hiked Madera Canyon this afternoon and evening; you'd like it.

Donna,

Thanks!!

Maria,

Isn't digital photography fantastic?  No film, take as many pictures as you like, and no money wasted on the bad ones.

Leolinda,

Thanks for saying so; see you soon on your blog.

Desert 360,

Visited your linked website, and you're the mystery person.  No name, no photo.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 5 years ago

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