Yipes, Stripes at Saguaro National Park

Yipes Stripes, Saguaro National Park Visitor Center

Saguaro National Park Visitor Center © 2013 Bo Mackison

The Red Hills Visitor Center offers information to visitors at Saguaro National Park’s western unit, stands watch over thousands of saguaro cacti on the adjacent mountains, and presents an astounding photo opportunity working with light and dark.

Before I even got my boots dusty of the trails, I spent an hour playing with different camera angles, patterns of light and shadow, and composition. I finally had to stop because first, I did want to go hiking, and second, I was getting darn dizzy!


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  Bo discovers beauty and inspiration, even when exploring the light play at Saguaro National Park.

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. Gandalf says:

    Great lines. I love the image.

  2. Oh, my wonderful God. This image exceeded my expectations. Exquisite, Bo. The interplay of light and shadow brings me to my knees in prayer and meditation. You are a marvel.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Not so sure about marvel, Debi, but I did attract a lot of attention as I prowled the exterior of the visitor center. I was intent on the light and shadow play — but most people wanted to know “where’s the lizard?” 🙂

  3. A very fun image! Looks like a cubist zebra.

  4. Awesome piece of Art Bo, love the lines and shadow play in this, well done !!

  5. What a photo, Bo! You had fun with that, didn’t you!

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