Flaming Torch Flower

Flaming Torch

Flaming Torch © 2012 Bo Mackison

“A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul.” ~ Sadi

Yes, it is another view of the famed Torch Cactus, the desert flower I fell in love with a few weeks ago, just days before I traveled from the arid, hot deserts of Arizona to the moist, cool Midwest. It is a good thing (for me, at least) that I was quite infatuated with these particular flowers and so took hundreds of photographs of them in different poses, colors, etc.

In fact, these flowers will be, though unintentional when photographed, one of my themes for a week or so.

Since returning to Wisconsin, I’ve managed to mess up my photo catalogs and so my many thousands of photos (including photos of subjects other than the Torch Cactus flowers) are hiding somewhere in my computer or on one of my external hard drives, but I’ll be darned if I can figure what the magic words are to make them appear again. (Sigh. Big sigh. Oh heck, a really, really big sigh!!)

And yes, I could take some new photographs and re-install all my software and reboot my computer a dozen time with the  hope that I would then have some new photographs to work with.

But . . .  since I’ve been back in Wisconsin (one week today) I have seen a great deal of rain clouds and rain, two things I work hard to be grateful for, because they are greatly responsible for all these glorious greens in the trees and the grasses and the gardens. But wet conditions have caused delays in my outdoor photography plans. So I am posting a new view of the Torch Cactus flower.

Patience. Soon, very soon, the sun will shine. I’m sure of it.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is cleaning her house, and occasionally checking the weather channel. Just in case . . .

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. This is a gorgeous photo of this unusual and lovely flower!
    I know the frustrations with organizing and finding (or not) photos on the computer.

  2. Joanna Paterson says:

    I’m not complaining! It’s a beautiful flower 🙂

  3. I think if I ever came across the place where those grew naturally I would stay there!

  4. Gandalf says:

    Beautiful flower. Is the sun shining yet? I hope so.

  5. Beautiful flower. I hope you were able to find your photos, and get out for a few photo walks. 🙂

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