Cactus Sprout

Cactus Sprout!

Cactus Sprout © 2012 Bo Mackison

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.   ~ Herman Hesse

It has been a quiet weekend. There was time for retreat and quiet and there were other times I spent in research, setting some short term goals and a few long term goals, gathering resources.

I wanted to share this lovely cactus, all rosy in its new growth. These cacti appear to be such simple plants  – a long column, lots of thorny spines and a few arms. But upon close examination, I find them to be exquisitely intricate in a quiet way. I enjoyed photographing this particular species, it was a good plant to work with this weekend.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. More slow photography on an intentionally slowed-down weekend. Activity will pick up as the week progresses.

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. Exquisite detail!! I can feel the warmth radiating thru the image..and – today – it feels really really nice!

  2. Joanne Keevers says:

    Quiet time is an absolute neccessity, Bo, to rejuvnenate the soul. It’s after midnight here and I’m enjoying some quiet time myself, whilst admiring your photo! I can see what you mean about it being simple, yet intricate. 🙂

  3. Exquisitely adapted for harsh desert life, these cacti have a lot to show us. Beautiful photograph, Bo.

  4. looks like the size of a football. I don’t think I’d want to play football with it, but might be hard to drop.

  5. I adore cacti; their textures, colors, details and surprises and envy your being there with them. Enjoy them for us all, Bo!!! Lovely image!

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