Tucson, Here We Come

Driving To Tucson

Driving to Tucson © 2011 Bo Mackison

After a couple of days reprieve from driving, we stopped in Phoenix for a visit which included good times, good conversation and a great Thanksgiving feast. Friday morning, bright and early, we got back on the interstate and headed southeast towards Tucson.

The Desert is Green

The Desert is Green © 2011 Bo Mackison

This part of the Southwest has had rain. And this part of the Sonoran Desert is green. All last year, I hardly saw green, unless it was in the form of a cactus. Oh, how I love even a few hours of green when seen in the desert.

On the 19

On the 19 © 2011 Bo Mackison

The clouds were quite amazing. White fluffy clouds floating across the desert and the interstate. When the clouds reached the Santa Rita Mountains to the west, they hung in the creases and valleys. There were no mountain tops to see when we were driving through Tucson and heading a bit further south to our home.

Pecan Orchards

Pecan Orchards © 2011 Bo Mackison

More clouds and more green. These pecan orchards looked like rows upon rows of dead trees last year. Today they are covered with leaves, the leaves are turning a yellowish brown. I love the pecan trees with their leafy cover. But I suspect that when I return here in another month the trees will again stand bare – and remind me of the trees in Wisconsin.

We have arrived. Now to stock up on groceries, paper products, and begin the dusting, vacuuming, window washing routine. Tucson has it all – great scenery, great people, great weather, and dust storms which tend to keep home interiors slightly dusty, no matter how often one cleans.


Bo Mackison is a photographer, owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is on a ten-day explore in Tucson with Sherpa. While they are sight-seeing, Bo will continue using the Hipstamatic — fast photography approach. Once she is on her own, she will again practice her slow photography. (Hope the Canon doesn’t get too lonely.)

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. Love your processing here. And – I guess we’ll be seeing images of Arizona from here on in. Lucky you!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Marcie. Sherpa and I are only here for two weeks, long enough to get the art show set-up to Arizona. Then home for the holidays. I’ll be back in Tucson to do some art shows from January til April. Yep, you are so right — I am lucky!!!

  2. You are lucky! I sure do miss that part of the country (but not the traffic).

  3. Enjoy your time in the desert. It is truly a wonderland.

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