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under the Wisconsin Capitols Christmas Tree

under the Wisconsin Capitol's Christmas Tree

For as many years as I have been visiting the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin to see the Christmas Tree filling the rotunda, it has always had a certain simplicity about it which I love. The tree sparkles with lights. There are hundreds of hand crafted paper ornaments made by Wisconsin school children. And there has always been a model train circling the tree. Nothing fancy – this year a Wisconsin & Southern replica engine and a few cars are traveling ’round and ’round along a circular track – but it follows a rather nice tradition.

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. What a nice image with that train in red and gold against ta colurful lamps in the background. Merry christmas.

  2. It is a very nice and colorful Christmas image.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours Bo.

  3. Such fun!! Love the color and light. Wishing you and yours all the best!!!

  4. Oh! I love trains and especially toy trains. Preston and I were longingly looking at a train set the other day. This is such a nice, bright and Christmasy shot!

    Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you and yours from Preston and I. 🙂

  5. That’s a great tradition! For many years we also had a train that ran beneath or Christmas tree. Happy Holidays!

  6. Thanks. Brought back fond memories of my model trains at Christmas.

  7. I adore trains!!!!! Just stopping by on Christmas Eve to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a delightful New Year. Thank you for a fabulous year of beautiful photography and amazing prose, Bo.

  8. Beautiful photograph, Bo. I love trains and have almost always lived near them. Even now, we hear the nearby train whistle once in a while. Happy Holidays, my friend. So happy to have met you through the blogosphere.

  9. It’s your own “Polar Express”. 🙂

  10. Ooohhh… your blog looks *beautiful*.

    And trains are so festive. They aren’t the first thing you think of, either, at Christmas, but very Christmassy.

    I hope your holiday is a happy one, Bo.

  11. Merry Christmas Bo. 🙂

  12. Bo Mackison says:

    Merry Christmas to all. Thanks for visiting and all your kind comments.

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