Cactus Flower in Pink and White

Torch Cactus - Pink Flower

Torch Cactus in Pink and White © 2012 Bo Mackison

We all walk in mysteries. We do not know what is stirring in the atmosphere that surrounds us. ~ Goethe

I am starting to understand this. I am a slow changer.

I packed my bags with a small amount of trepidation and drive from Madison to Tucson last January. I looked forward to the change in weather, to the sunshine and warm days.

I arrived, expecting to slide right in to a new life, and instead struggled for weeks to acclimate to a new place, a new routine, the newness of solitary living.

And, eventually, I slide into the routines of Arizona, and I feel I am where I belong. (Except when I get lonely and long for companionship.)

Three months and a few extra days pass, and I again pack a few bags and with a small amount of trepidation I leave my space in Tucson and drive to Madison. I look forward to again being immersed in the greens of spring and my circle of family.

Again, I arrive. And again I struggle as I adapt to the old familiar place, the old routine with a few new twists, and the change from living a solitary, very quiet life with a lightly filled calendar to days that are not solitary, quiet, nor lightly demanding.

I am giving myself time and space to re-orient myself. And that is good.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  She is also a slow changer – she requires time to adjust to new places and new routines. And that is an OK thing.

p.s. The sun is shining this morning.

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. Marcie says:

    The transitions in life – are always so hard. Good that you’re being gentle with yourself..showing yourself some kindness and patience!!! Beautiful image!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      My only option is to be patient, Marcie. Sure can;t rush the adjustment. But Wisconsin feels preyty fine, now.

  2. It has to be exciting and satisfying to live in two worlds!

  3. While I haven’t spent the length of time you have in two places, I do feel I can understand the need for transition from one place to another. Lovely image.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I think with practice, I’ll transition more smoothly. Funny how you can get so attached to a place in 3 months!

  4. Gandalf says:

    Transitions can be interesting and exciting. Enjoy your Northern greens.

  5. Joanne Keevers says:

    Pink flowers in the desert, amazing, and so beautiful. 🙂
    I know how you feel Bo. I’m a slow changer too. Hang in there.

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