Changing Seasons

Turning Leaves

Changing Leaves © 2011 Bo Mackison

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~ Lao Tzu

The more I look with intention, the more I see.

I watch as these leaves gradually change from green to orange and lose their lustrous coating. Each day I see more, even as the leaves wither and physically become less.They are no less beautiful.

When they grew in green clumps on the summer trees, I did not notice individual leaves. Now I can easily see them as individuals, notice the one with more orange than its neighbor, see another wobbling with the breeze as it loses its grip on the branch, and another has developed a fringe of dark brown.

Wabi-sabi leaves.

How many will still be on this branch when autumn officially begins?


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. Summer is giving way to autumn here too, even though it is quite warm today.

    Beautiful image, Bo. It’s amazing how much we see when we go out with intention. 🙂

  2. It does seem to be that time of yeat!

  3. I love fall, but i will indeed miss summer. I do appreciate your image and thoughts on the changing of the guard.

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