Backyard Blizzard

Blizzard 2012

Backyard Blizzard Β© 2012 Bo Mackison

Madison hasn’t had much snow these past two months, but we appear to be making it up in hasty fashion. A winter’s storm/blizzard/thundersnow is in full blast and I am appreciative of the beautiful white coating on the natural world.We’ve got eight inches on the ground, maybe another eight inches more to fall.

I am appreciative of the moisture from the heavens that is now upon the earth, soon to melt into the earth and increase our low water table.

I am appreciative of my warm home, a furnace that is kicking on and off with regularity, the bowl of beef barley soup I just ate for lunch, warm clothes, warm and cozy everything.

Blizzard 2012

Snow Laden Pine Trees Β© 2012 Bo Mackison

I am appreciative that the airlines have cancelled all the flights from New York City to my part of the Midwest due to extremely bad weather and flight conditions, and that the safety of all passengers and crew completely outweighs the fact that my two daughters are in New York City as I write. One had a flight to Madison today, the other has a flight tomorrow morning. The planned Christmas with all of my children is now unlikely.

Still, the snow is lovely to behold. Blustery, but beautiful. And we are all safe and healthy.

I’m thinking that I haven’t created a snow angel in several decades, and maybe today is the day to resurrect that fun, somewhat cold, experience. Hmm…


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is spending the holidays in Madison, and watching the weather reports in Tucson and New York City.


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. Did you do it? (The snow angel?) I’m sorry the flights were canceled, but glad your daughters are safe.

    The snow is said to be coming this way. It’s looks so beautiful in your images. Please send it to northeast Ohio where I will be appreciate and grateful for it. πŸ™‚

  2. Wow. Well, looks like this Christmas will bring its own magic, even if different to what was planned x

    • Bo Mackison says:

      It IS different, trying to focus on the positives. First time in 31 years all my kids won’t be together for Holidays. We’ll need to communicate in ways other than being together…

  3. Oh…this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I am so wishing for snow like this. Enjoy!!!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Do you have snow yet, Marcie? We have 21 inches on the ground, the most in our area. Just a few miles away, only 10 inches. Quite a difference!

  4. Susan Vial says:

    Beautifully written & peaceful photos. It is hard yet important to see the positives among the inconveniences.

  5. The snow in your garden looks so beautiful Bo, but I am sorry to hear that you may not manage to have all of your family together for Christmas because of it. I am appreciative of your winter wonderland. πŸ™‚

    • Bo Mackison says:

      The snow changed our plans, Joanne. But we learned that you can share Christmas in two places through the magic of Skype! It was a good compromise, considering…

  6. Inconvenient some times, but very pretty!

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