Saguaro National Park East (Tucson, AZ)
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Javelina Rocks
Greg McCown (Century 21 1st American)
My new favorite spot to photograph is Javelina Rocks in Saguaro National Monument.  I used to avoid the area due to the amount of people there.  They were always getting in the way.  In a recent visit, I climbed around one of the other sides and found some interesting compositions.  I also found myself alone.  I've been there three times in the past couple of weeks and I keep finding new angles that I like.  Javelina Rocks is located inside Saguaro National Park on the east side of Tucson.  For those that may not know, there are two locations for Saguaro National Park.  One is in the Tucson Mountains on the west side of Tucson, the other is at the base of the Rincon Mountains on the east side of Tucson.  The east side location has a paved loop drive that is about 8 miles long.  Javelina Rocks is located right along the drive and is noticeable throughout the park.    If you're looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate in Tucson, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to show what I can do for you. Greg McCown Century 21 1st American (520) 907-6760 www.tucsonhoming.com
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Saguaro Monument Estates Tucson, AZ
Lexa R. Montierth, Real Estate Sales Agent and Marketer (Tierra Antigua Realty)
Looking for a custom home in Tucson, Arizona?  Located on the corner of Escalante Rd. and Old Spanish Trail is Saguaro Monument Estates in Tucson, Arizona. These 3.3-acre luxury homes and lots are located in a private, gated community neighboring Saguaro National Park East.  The builder, TRS Custom Builders Inc., has floor plans with several elevations to choose from, or they can help design and build your own unique requirements. Saguaro Monument Estates Tucson and TRS Custom Builders have included today’s most sought-after features.  Energy concerns are addressed by including 2X6 framing, Smart House thermostats, and R-24 rated wall system and R-30 & R-38 Ceiling Insulation. Beautiful custom kitchens include a variety of hard wood cabinets, granite countertops, and custom features not found in your average cookie cutter homes. Saguaro Monument Estates Tucson is located in the Tanque Verde School District.  Tanque Verde School District is consistently ranked one of the highest districts in Pima County. Each lot is prepared with paved streets and utilities already in place. Tucson Electric Power, Southwest Gas, CenturyLink, Cox Cable, and Tucson Water provide utility service to Saguaro Monument Estates Tucson. For more information about Saguaro Monument Estates Tucson or any other custom home lots in Tucson, contact me, Lexa Montierth at (520) 405 – 2857 or by email through lexa.montierth (at) me.com. Tierra Antigua Realty is your real estate gold mine in the Tucson Arizona area. For buying information, real estate advice, and top selling techniques, contact Lexa Montierth at 520. 405 . 2857 to setup your free consultation. I can help you reach the right decisions in regards to your real estate needs. Looking forward to meeting you!
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Bridal Wreath Falls
Greg McCown (Century 21 1st American)
Bridal Wreath Falls Obviously, Tucson is not well know for waterfalls.  It's a desert and as such does not have a whole lot of water.  But Tucson is surrounded by large mountains and during certain times of the year those mountains receive a lot of rain and snow.  With the rain and snowmelt many of the canyons turn into rivers and the canyon walls turn into waterfalls. Eric and Dave taking pictures of the main fall Bridal Wreath Falls is quite a sight during these times.  The main and first fall drops about 25 feet and is surrounded by granite boulders and saguaros.  To the north of this main waterfall is a steep climb (using the roots of a large tree) up to the next level and many smaller waterfalls.  It also has a spectacular view of the Tucson valley and the Catalina Mountains. How to get there: Bridal Wreath Falls is located just off the Douglas Spring Trail. The trail head begins at the eastern end of Speedway.  The hike starts of level but quickly gets fairly steep as it winds up the foothills of the Rincon Mountains.  This trail is heavily covered in large saguaros and has great views of the canyons and the city of Tucson the whole way. After 2.5 miles on the Douglas Spring Trail there is a trail marker stating 0.2 miles to the southeast for Bridal Wreath Falls. Reminders: Bring plenty of water and sun protection Good shoes Be extremely careful on the rocks especially if you venture up to the second level.  They are quite slick. Cell phone service is very spotty if you get a signal at all Bridal Wreath Falls is a great hike with a beautiful destination. Coming up.....How to Take Pictures of Waterfalls If you're looking to buy or sell real estate in Tucson, I would love the opportunity to show what I can do for you. Please call me at 520-907-6760. Greg McCown Century 21 1st American (520) 907-6760 www.gregmccown.com
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Did you know Saguaros can Glow?
Greg McCown (Century 21 1st American)
Did you know Saguaros can Glow? I'll apologize ahead of time about the cheezy title.  Saguaros and some other cactus actually can glow.  This happens just after sunset and just before sunrise.  When the sun is behind the cactus at the right angle the suns rays will hit the semi translucent needles making them appear to glow.  Some of my favorite pictures are taken from this angle. The cholla cactus actually lights up even more due to the very transparent needles.  Many other types of cactus have a needle that is too dense. I actually don't take many pictures of chollas.  I really just don't like them much.....a few too many unfavorable run-ins with the little devils of the desert.  Saguaros tend to keep their needles to themselves and they make more interesting subjects to photograph. This is actually a night shot with the moon peaking out from behind a saguaro.  I like how it shows the individual needles glowing. If you're looking to buy or sell real estate in Tucson, I would love the opportunity to show what I can do for you.  Please call me at 520-907-6760. Greg McCown Century 21 1st American (520) 907-6760 www.gregmccown.com
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Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona
Greg McCown (Century 21 1st American)
Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona Saguaro National Park is divided into two seperate locations on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona.  Each side has it's own visitor center.  The Saguaro National Park Rincon District is located at the base of the Rincon Mountains on the east side of Tucson.  The Saguaro National Park Tucson Mountain District is located in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains on the west side of Tucson.  Saguaro National Park has a total of over 90,000 acres.  It is fantastic place for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, viewing wildlife and enjoying an incredible sunset.  It is estimated that Saguaro National Park has over 1.6 million saguaros.  So if you want to see this Symbol of the Southwest there's no better place to go than Saguaro National Park. Horseback Riding in Saguaro National Park Saguaro National Park has over 150 miles of maintained hiking trails.  Many of these trails allow for horseback riding.  There are also some paved roads through Saguaro National Park that are ideal for cycling.  Several campsites are provided for those wishing to stay overnight.  The many outdoor activities attract more than an estimated 4 million visitors per year. One of my favorite parts of Saguaro National Park is the Douglas Spring Trail.  It is easy to access and has a gentle rise in the beginning perfect for short hikes and magnificent views.  If followed for about 3 miles, the Douglas Spring Trail will lead to Bridal Wreath Falls.  Keep in mind that this only runs during the rainy season. I went here during a recent cold spell and found the falls completely frozen. Bridal Wreath Falls (Frozen) Unfortunately, the best time to view wildlife in Saguaro National Park is in the middle of monsoon season.  Monsoon season occurs during July and August when temperatures sore to over 110 degrees.  Monsoon storms supply over half the yearly rain count for the area.  With rain, the desert comes to life, especially in the evening, night and mornings.  Toads, snakes, lizards, tortoise, and even the rare Gila Monster become very active.  Mammals tend to be active for most of the year but also see an increase in activity during this time.  Coyotes, rabbits, javelina, bobcats, great horned owls and a variety of many other birds are common sightings.  Even mountain lions, deer, skunk, and black bears can be occassionally found. A young Harris Hawk perches on top of a Saguaro My favorite activity at Saguaro National Park is an early morning or evening hike.  Sunrises and sunsets here are truly spectacular.  Below you will find just a few of my favorite pictures of this amazing place called Saguaro National Park.  It has a unique beauty, an amazing array of wildlife, and is an outdoor activities paradise. Saguaro National Park Rincon District Sunset at Saguaro National Park Tucson Mountain District Saguaro Blooms in Saguaro National Park If you would like to see more of my pictures please visit www.saguaropictures.com. Greg McCown Century 21 1st American (520) 907-6760 www.gregmccown.com
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