Desert Heat

Dixie's Final Resting Place

Dixie’s Final Resting Place ©2013 Bo Mackison


1 [uh-ban-duhn]


1. to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert.

2. to cast away, leave, or desert, as property or a child.


Abandoned in the Desert

Abandoned in the Desert ©2013 Bo Mackison




1. to leave (a person, place, etc.) without intending to return, especially in violation of a duty or promise. Synonyms: abandon, leave, quit; forsake.


Desert Heat

Desert Heat ©2013 Bo Mackison


1 [dez-ert]


1. a region so arid because of little rainfall that it supports only sparse and widely spaced vegetation or no vegetation at all.

2. any area in which few forms of life can exist because of lack of water, permanent frost, or absence of soil.



Abandoned Stove in the Desert

Abandoned Range in the Desert ©2013 Bo Mackison



1. The act of wandering or roaming over a large area.

2. A stove with spaces for cooking a number of things at the same time.
Hot Stove in the Desert

Hot Stove in the Desert ©2013 Bo Mackison





1. the state of a body perceived as having or generating a relatively high degree of warmth.

2. the condition or quality of being hot: the heat of an oven.

3. the degree of hotness; temperature

4. to become hot or warm


I first photographed these abandoned ranges/ovens/stoves scattered about the grounds of the Post Picket House, a historical but unmaintained property that’s part of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Globe, Arizona. Ovens abandoned in the desert. Really, who needs an oven in the desert?

The good folks in the Southwest describe their temperature highs with the disclaimer that it’s a dry heat, as if that negates the fact that is it nearly as hot as Hades. In my mind, when heat is described as “dry as an oven” it is still hot. Really, no matter what words you use, lingering temps over 100˚F deserve the descriptor HOT. If you’re not convinced, you could always poke  your head in a hot oven for a second or two — not advised though.

So…is the interior temperature of an oven abandoned in a desert as accurate as an oven abandoned elsewhere? I would presume so, considering age and condition of said abandoned ovens.

Disclaimer: Obviously, the prolonged high humidity and temperatures in the Midwest — though NOT dry like an oven — is responsible for the lucidity of this post. A week with temps over 90˚ and brains begin to soften around the edges…


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.   She is awaiting a break in the weather. Or not.


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. fun and cute post 🙂

  2. How fun!

  3. HA! We’re experiencing that same extreme heat and humidity…and it’s little solace to think about abandoned hot ovens in the desert southwest – :-)! That being said – love how you put the post together. Such fun!!!

  4. The Post Picket House has been left to desiccate? How sad. You travel back to the Midwest for the summer, but Monsoon Rains are possible only with high humidity–at least for us, it feels high. This morning, it’s over 70 percent humidity. We long for our desert dryness. Wonder what memories those stoves and ovens have?

    • Bo Mackison says:

      They are looking for funding for the Picket Post House, though doesn’t look promising…

      Bet you are wishing for your dry heat. I compared the temps/humidity of our Madison/Tucson places a few days ago. Humidity was only 10% higher in Wisconsin. temps were about even. And that was on a cooler day in Arizona, and a warmer than usual day here.

      Wouldn;t you love to know the meals that were prepared using those vintage stoves? What stories…

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