Tucson By Choice!: Where In the World Is Tucson Estates II? And Are Those Sunsets For Real?

Where In the World Is Tucson Estates II? And Are Those Sunsets For Real?

Sunset in Tucson Estates II

Spring's coming in the desert.  You can smell it at dawn.  Birds are starting to nest, and the males are calling up a racket.  It's a wonderful time to live here.

Tucson Estates II is a gated community of 600 or so homes nestled on the west flank of the Tucson Mountains.  The noise and bustle of the city are on the other side of the Tucson Mountains.

At sunset, we look down over the Avra Valley toward that mountain range you see in the photo above.  The distinctive "shark tooth" in the left third of the photo is Baboquivari, on the Tohono O'odham reservation.  From my camera's vantage point, it's 75 miles west.

Baboquivari at sunset

That's a ways off, but the optics (Leica) are pretty good on this inexpensive Panasonic Lumix camera.  The lower the sun, the deeper the colors of this evening sky.  I backed the 10X telephoto lens down to capture the saguaro silhouetted against the sun's last rays. 

By this time, the street was filling with neighbors, drawn out of their homes by the spectacular sunset.  The mood was quiet.  Hushed.  Our little community was a cathedral, and our sky its stained glass window.

Saguaro sunset, Tucson Estates II, in the Tucson Mountains

Colors intensified, then faded to purple just before the stars made their appearance. 

I think it's the purple that discombobulates folks from the more northerly climes. It doesn't seem possible that nature has such a pallette, does it?  It does here!

Baboquivari painted purple at sunset

That's the desert floor in the foreground.  Minutes after this photo was taken, the mountain range was an inky black sillouhette against a less black sky, and one by one, the stars came out.  If I ever wanted an expensive camera, it would be to take photos of the night sky.

 

There are more than half a dozen lovely homes for sale in our community, from the low $200s to $500,000.  Don't you want to come join us?  Look up a REALTOR here on Active Rain.  Tell 'em Mike in Tucson sent you.

 

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Comment balloon 30 commentsMike Jones • February 25 2009 10:38PM

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Great shots, Mike!  Think what you could do with an expensive camera.  The sunsets in AZ are pretty amazing.

Posted by Christine L, Broker (Property Cupid, LLC) about 9 years ago

There is absolutely nothing like a Sonoran Desert sunset.  Great shots, Mike.

Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) about 9 years ago

Paul,

Thanks for stopping by to comment.  You get some pretty spectacular sunsets there in Scottsdale, too!

Christine,

Thanks for being the first to comment.  You get a gold star!  :)

 

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

Mike - absolutely stunning, beautiful, amazing... what else can I say :) ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Rita,

That's a good start...  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

Mike,

When I login each morning I always look for your photos. It's a great way to start the day.

Thanks,

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 9 years ago

Bill,

I'm glad to help.  Thanks for being a subscriber.  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

Great sunset! Some subscribers actually called me about the cows and telling me how funny those photos were and how much they enjoyed them. Thanks for the RE-Blog!

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) about 9 years ago

You have the best pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 9 years ago

ToulaRosebrock.comHi Mike:

Awesome photos.  Those sunsets are magnificent!

Did you watch the golf tournament yesterday?

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) about 9 years ago

Mike,

Those are some pretty awesome sunset photos.  I think that you should do some sunrise photos next.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

Mike, great photos, thank you for sharing!

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate about 9 years ago

We don't have the colors but I do see signs of spring the snow is only a foot or so deep and I didn't have to shovel the driveway today. Great photos

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 9 years ago

What a beautiful way to start my morning!  THE SHOTS ARE GORGEOUS! It is raining here in the Bay Area.  Have a wonderful day Mike.

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) about 9 years ago

Beautiful, as usual.  That saguaro is awesome, another Arizona Highways shot. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 9 years ago

Doreen,

The saguaro makes the photo; no doubt about it.  Thanks for commenting.

Cathy,

I'm glad to help!  LOL  Thanks for being a subscriber.

Terry,

It's time for a break, young man!  Come on down.

Tony,

You're welcome!

Don,

I've only gotten one beautiful sunrise photo; sunrise is usually cloudless.

Toula,

I did watch the first day matches, but didn't have time yesterday.  Tiger's out.  :(

Dorie,

You're welcome.  Thanks for coming by.

Laura,

I'm surprised they didn't kick me off the Rain.  LOL  Cows will be cows; thanks for re-blogging.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

The pictures in this blog are so beautiful! Thanks for posting!

Posted by Sherie Earley-Womack (Choice Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Mike - what absolutely beautiful photos you have taken and thank you for sharing them.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate (Arbor Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Mike your photos are absolutely outstanding. What fantastic sunset. Only once here in NH have I seen the sky with such color and it was when I witnessed the Aurora Borialis (not sure of the spelling) It was indeed captivating.

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) about 9 years ago

Judy,

Thanks for comment, and I really appreciate the encouragement.  AR is such a wonderful community because of people like you.

Sharon,

You're welcome!  Thank you for taking the time to comment.  See you soon on your blog.

Sherie,

Ditto!  I'll be over to reciprocate.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

Mike,

Great pictures, as usual...! I bought my wife a Panasonic Lumix with a Leica lens and she never uses it! I will have to snarl it away from her...!!!

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Oh my.  That third one CAN'T be real.  Can it?  You've shared some amazing shots with us, but I'm stunned by the color in picture #3!  I don't think I've ever seen a sunset like that in my whole life.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) about 9 years ago

Thimble peak at sunset; purple mountains' majesty!Bruce,

It's real.  Remember the line from the song America the Beautiful?  "Purple mountains majesty."  At one point when the sun's setting, it is the clouds.  A few minutes later, it's the mountains themselves.

Kate,

Never too late.  Thanks for the ahhs!

Fran,

It is a wonderful little camera; grab it and run.  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

Bruce,

Here's another from that series. This is a few minutes earlier than the third one above, with a wider angle.  That's the same saguaro cactus in both photos.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

oooh aaww, glad I came back.  It's cool to see the other sunset shot.  Are there flowers on top of that saguaro?  The one in the mountain shot.

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 9 years ago

Doreen,

No flowers on top of the saguaro; what you see are the white-tipped spines where new growth is occuring.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

Mike, those photos are absolutely stunning. I do admire you for your vocabulary, you don't come across "discombobulate" every day!  Thanks!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 9 years ago

Wow, love the sunset photos.  This has reminded me that I have some great sunset shots from my trip to Cabo last month.  I'll have to post those even if they may not be as grand as yours... Thanks!

Posted by Pam Jank, Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro (Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty) about 9 years ago

Mike!  I LOVE your enthusiasm and your blogs/posts.  Not to mention your incredible photos.  You really sound like such a happy guy.  We All need your great attitude and Smiles. 

Just when I was getting ready to turn my system down and head for sleepy time (Gee what time is it?  The Spring Forward gets mew every time)  I read your posts and I'm excited about AR all over again.  Good Job!  Great place to just 'Hang-Out'   ~   Jo-Ann Borelli Tarbell, Realtors OC Homes/California   (Yorba Linda-Land of Gracious Living

Posted by JoAnn Borelli-Mardesich about 9 years ago

JoAnn,

Thanks so much for the encouragement!  I guess I am a happy guy. 

Pam,

I'll be over to see your Cabo photos.  Thanks for commenting.

Silvia,

I love that word "discombobulate."

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

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