Desert Yucca

Yucca in Bloom

Yucca in Bloom © 2012 Bo Mackison

The yucca is one of the more prominent plants in the desert Southwest when in bloom, sending a long stalk eight feet into the air topped  with white flowers.

These kinds of plants are common in the desert. For much of the year they grow low to the ground, green sharp spikes in a rosette. And then, spring arrives, a  few rainfalls followed by hot weather and the yuccas bloom soft and white.

The desert is a study in contrasts.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She traveled to Arizona to live and photograph the desert’s beauty for one hundred days. Down to the last two desert days.

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. That is a truly beautiful photo Bo!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Montucky. It reminds me of an old fashioned card. I don;t often put borders on photos, but this seemed top call for some framing.

  2. I have never seen a yucca in bloom. This is beautiful!

  3. Wonderful photo, the composition & dof. Love it.

  4. Joanne Keevers says:

    How unusual for a desert flower, being so white and delicate. It’s beautiful Bo. 🙂

  5. Bo Mackison says:

    It is very common, Joanne, and very spectacular, waving high above most plants in the desert.

  6. I love what you did with this one, Bo. Gorgeous!

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