Beauty Surrounds Us

It is easy to miss the details when looking at the whole. We admire the forest, but don’t see the trees, or we do notice a tree, but never examine the pattern of its bark or the intricacies of its flower.

I’ve been admiring the great stalks of flowers branching out from the many yuccas and agaves in bloom for many weeks, and just first thought to take a close up look at one of its flowers.

Spanish Bayonet Macro

Sotolillo Blossoms in Macro © 2012 Bo Mackison

And when I finally did get a closer look – wow. Thousands of tiny white flowers on this sotolillo, white tinges with shades of purple, petals closing together, as if harboring a secret.

Spring pops up in the desert in the most unlikely of places, but when I began in earnest to go on a “spring hunt” looking for bits of spring, I realized that the season of new life surrounds me. Beauty of a different sort, perhaps, but beauty nonetheless.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC, living and photographing in southern Arizona.


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. Oh that is exquisite Bo. What absolutely lovely shades of pale 🙂

  2. Thank you for reminding me to get really close.

  3. Gandalf says:

    Great thoughts and a beautiful image.

  4. Loved viewing this from ‘Part One’ to ‘Part Two.’ And, as you can imagine, ‘Part Two’ is my favorite! I love getting in really close to savor the details.

  5. What a beautiful flower–the colors are just lovely, and the unfolding must be breath-taking.

  6. I’m always amazed at what there is to see when we take a closer look. This is a beautiful image.

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