Arizona Sycamores at Montezuma Castle National Monument – The Trees and Me!


Portrait with Arizona Sycamores © 2014 Bo Mackison

It’s not often that I post a photo of me. I am the one with the camera in hand and haven’t much embraced the practice of selfies. So I am seldom in a photo, and happy enough to be the one behind the camera.

But these trees — these Arizona sycamore trees were not only calling to me, they were singing my name! They were insistent. “Sit on my perfect little tree nook and smile for the camera.” And so I did.

Aren’t those trees magnificent? I can never resist running my hands along their bark, connecting the many puzzle pieces I see.

I am honored to have had my portrait taken in the midst of such grand company!

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. You look very much at home amongst those beautiful trees Bo.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks! I love these trees – the patterns and textures of these Arizona sycamores, so amazing. (And I rather hoped that the trees would be so beautiful, I wouldn’t be much noticed,) I needed a new portrait and this seemed reasonable!

  2. “The many puzzle pieces…” How perfectly described, Bo, for that’s exactly how their bark is! I love this photo of you – your happiness is shining!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Ha, the photographer who is made up of so many puzzles with the puzzle piece trees! 🙂

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