Poppies in the Desert

Golden Desert Poppies

Desert Poppies © 2013 Bo Mackison

Notice how present a flower is, how surrendered to life. ~ Eckhart Tolle  

It is a beautiful place, the desert.

I never realized its fullness of life, its diversity
until daily I walked its paths,
treading on mountain peaks lightly frosted in mid winter
climbing in its washes torn asunder by summer’s flash floods.

Walking its rocky trails, aware of each footfall,
threading my way through a maze of deep crevices in the earth.

Reaching towards a saguaro to steady my bearings
only to pull back in mild alarm
imagining my hand pierced with the thorns of a saguaro.

Standing in its washes in spring, yes the desert has its seasons,
admiring the waving yellow poppies, their throats flushed with red,
their roots grounded in a chaos of rock and grit,
their silken petals a delicate offering amidst so much ruggedness.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She repeatedly discovers inspiration in the desert.

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. The consummate observer you are, Bo. Delicacy amid the ruggedness, and a lovely photo of desert poppies. Thank you for sharing your desert with us all. I do miss it, and enjoy my visits here! XO

    • Bo Mackison says:

      There is an amazing amount of delicacy in this rugged terrain. I’m sure you see the same contrast along your ocean shores…

  2. What a beautiful photograph. And what a beautiful piece of prose poetry.

    I love seeing the desert through your eyes.

  3. Striking colors and a wonderful piece about the desert.

  4. Lovely! I’ve always wanted to see the desert in bloom.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Just read that this week and next are going to be peak wildflower displays, need to head out to the desert this weekend! Yay!

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