On the Journey

Tumacacori - In Balance

Tumacacori – In Balance © 2011 Bo Mackison

I am rather fascinated by the granary and the clay pottery. So many opportunities for composition studies. Maybe too many, hmm? Even though I have moved on, and I am visiting new places, I will share these photos of pots in this post, and then I will share photos of the cemetery at Tumacacori National Historic Park tomorrow.

Tumacacori - Two Plus Three

Tumacacori – Two Plus Three © 2011 Bo Mackison

I was asked, after I wrote about sitting in the garden at Tumacacori, what I heard and felt as I rested in that sacred space.

I let my thoughts flow freely as I sat there, as I took in this ancient place, still filled with the “ancient.” And as my thoughts came, I thought about freedom. It was as if this place was filled with an energy that was all about seeking freedom.

Tumacacori - Three Pots

Tumacacori – Three Pots

I sat mostly in silence, and listened–to the birds singing, the wind rustling the dried grasses, the footsteps retreating from me, and I wrote only a few words in my journal. As the thoughts came, I wrote, no censoring, no editing.

Give us our freedom.
Give us our freedom,
but we were never freed.

Now you say, “Let me be free.”
And your request has been answered.

Do not look back at the past; live in this moment.

Take this gift, give thanks, move on.

As I spend my time exploring southern Arizona on my own, I have been thinking a great deal about freedom, but also about connectedness, about creating, about making meaning.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is living in Tucson for two months, exhibiting her photography in art shows, taking photographs of Arizona landmarks, both historical and natural, and blogging about photography, art fairs, and learning to live on her own. It is an experience well worth the effort.

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. Joanne Keevers says:

    I feel your freedom, Bo. And your connectedness, creating and making meaning; but don’t forget the possibilities! They are all gifts to be treasured and to give thanks for.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts from your journal with us. 🙂

  2. Angie Willis says:

    Thank you for that lovely post Bo. Your journal words are simple and lovely and say it just how it is. Your photographs add to the words by being simple and beautiful too.

  3. Simply lovely. I’m enjoying the vicarious tour of AZ.

  4. Thank you for sharing that with us, Bo. And thank you so much for sharing your journey. 🙂

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Why, you are welcome, Robin. It’s a journey I really want to have the privilege of sharing–an important part of my journey is documenting it.

  5. Love how you’re weaving your words in with your images. Am loving ‘observing’ you on your ‘journey’.

  6. Bo, this is simply lovely. I’m envious of this, your trip, your soul trip. Sitting in those ancient places, feeling, sensing, absorbing the spirit, the quiet, writing your muse. Fabulous. Love your imagery as always.

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