Autumn’s Hello?

Leafy Shadow

Leafy Shadow © 2011 Bo Mackison

Is this early autumn’s hello?

These shadows of a breeze-inspired dance imprinted on this golden leaf?

Those hidden leaves — my camera records only their browned shadow, though they are green for a few more weeks perhaps. Remnants of late summer, hugging the earth to escape the cooling nights.

I notice the sun’s lateness in rising and its hasty departure at suppertime.

No more suppers on the porch, taking in the last hours of daylight. No more thrown together meals. Lounging on the porch, munching salads and sandwiches, stripping corn off the cob, typewriter style, re-filling our glasses of iced tea repeatedly.

Now supper wears an air of autumn formality. A tablecloth is spread on the polished wood. Fiesta Ware replaces the old plaid Melmac. Autumn meals require tableware for thick stews and casseroles, mashed vegetables.

I put the gallon glass jar for sun tea on the storage shelf in the basement next to the summer dishes.

The garden flowers have turned to seed.

They stand tall, awaiting the winter birds who will be eager to find a meal in January.


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. Gorgeous shadows..color and light. Something warmly autumnal about the image!

  2. Lovely, Bo. Image and prose. “Typewriter style,” indeed! Sheer genius!!! Miss you, gal.

  3. What’s a typewriter? I seem to have forgotten. 🙂 Great imagery in your observations.

  4. A very friendly “Hello” it is. Such a pretty gold and the shadows are perfect!

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