Arizona Sycamore

second in the set of wabi-sabi

second in the wabi-sabi set

The bark of the Arizona Sycamore produces a pleasing composition, the pale greens and brown tones play well off each other.

This tree was photographed at Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, just north of Phoenix. The Monument protects Native American dwellings tucked into the breaks of a mountain. The property has many Arizona sycamores and velvet mesquites. Quite a lovely place in the fall, with Arizona’s  moderately high temperatures offset by the welcoming shade of the tall Sycamores and a cooling stream running through the property.

This is the second photograph in the wabi-sabi series.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. I do love the texture in this photo. You’ve even captured remnants of someone carving initials in the bark.

  2. Nice abstract. Love the soft tones..the colors..the textures. Interesting about the Arizona Sycamore.

  3. Montezuma’s Castle is one of my favorite places on this earth, Bo. The air smells sweet and that’s the first place I witnessed Arizona Sycamores. We have Sycamores in the South, but those in Arizona are mosaics of textures and subtle colors that call to the artist and photographer. A Beautiful photo highlighting a beautiful place on this earth. Thank you for lighting my memories of that place. Sigh.

  4. I’ve spent many hours in the shade of the Sycamores. Your photo brought back pleasant memories!

  5. nice abstraction

  6. I love Sycamore bark. I swear it had to be the model for camouflage. The patterns that remain can be and are fascinating.

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