Close to Home: Arboretum Exhibit

Three in the Prairie © 2010 Bo Mackison

The University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Arboretum provides me with frequent opportunities to photograph a tallgrass prairie. This prairie is the oldest restored prairie in the country, established in 1934. The Arboretum is a pioneer in the restoration and management of ecological communities. In focusing on re-establishing historic landscapes, especially those that predated large-scale human settlement, the arboretum staff introduced a new concept in ecology nearly eight decades ago: ecological restoration.

This Sunday (only) the Arboretum is sponsoring a special holiday sale — their second annual Close to Home: Arboretum Local Products Expo. The center will feature art,  gifts, and edible treats, all made in the Madison area by artists, craftspeople, and foodies, extraordinaire! It’s a great opportunity to purchase meaningful gifts this holiday season.

Where: University of Wisconsin – Madison Arboretum

When: Sunday November 28   10 AM to 4 PM

Shop Locally, Give Green this Holiday Season!

This will be my last art show of the year, although my photography and art cards are always available through the internet (see above on the header bar) or contact me for details and special orders. I will be several art festivals in Arizona in early 2011, and will return to Wisconsin for the “summer season” which will begin in May.

If you are in the Madison area, hope to see you at the Arboretum this Sunday. My booth will prominently feature large scale botanicals, both prints and canvases, and sets of photo art cards. Look for the green and white sign Seeded Earth Studio, Photography by Bo Mackison. Thanks!

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. Angela Willis says:

    I hope your exhibition goes well – the Arboretum sounds like a wonderful project and your photographs will complement it brilliantly. I love these perky seed heads against the blue sky.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Yes, the “skeletons” of these Queen Anne’s Lace were quite remarkable against the sky just after sunset.

  2. One of your best!

  3. Bo your pictures are so dreamy, and conjure up so many words and ideas for me. I have been drawing the houses on the prairie, the old, dead ones, and wish you could come with me to see them.

    Good luck on your exhibit, and I am so, so impressed that you have made your way with this art.

  4. Exquisite detail and use of dof. Perfectly simple..and simply perfect!

  5. Simply. Beautiful.

  6. Waitng to catch some snow. Beautiful photo.

  7. Is it wrong that this sort of reminds me of a Doctor Seuss book? It it intriques me as well.

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