Be My Valentine?

Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus

Today is the last day of our Southwestern adventure. It’s also Valentine’s Day, though in our family we have celebrated our son’s birthday on February 14th more than we celebrated Valentine’s Day. Or at least we have until the last few years.

Fitting that my Valentine’s post is a sweet heart of a prickly cactus from the Sonoran Desert just west of Tucson. Love that desert!

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. Cool there some kinda message with this maybe love can be a bit prickly sometimes !!

  2. Nice find. And know the feeling — our daughter’s birthday is on the 13th, so it’s always been a 2-day holiday with emphasis on the birthday.

  3. Such a perfect Valentine’s Day find!! Great eye!!!

  4. Very cool shot! What a great find. 🙂

  5. Love your valentine. It was Tucson I lived at as a child.

  6. Interesting image, the kind you would give to your fav tatoo artist for VD.

  7. That’s just a great valentine, Bo! Love the desert!

  8. I love it when heart shapes turn up in unexpected places…like a prickly pear cactus!

  9. This is just too cool. What a delight!

  10. I’ve seen Prickly Pear Cactus but not in a shape of a heart! This is a wonderful find and capture. 🙂

  11. I’ve seen Prickly Pear Cactus but not in a shape of a heart! This is a wonderful find and capture. 🙂

  12. What a great shot! I love how you can see both orange and purple in the thorns. Perfect for Valentine’s!

  13. This is so cool, and I agree with the love can be a bit prickly comment, haha. Awesome Valentine pic.

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