Contemplate the Beauty

Orange Poppy

Orange Poppy © 2012 Bo Mackison

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. ~ Rachel Carson

I am heading into a stretch of days that will be a test of my endurance. As I was looking through my notebooks of quotes, looking for a quotation to pair with this cheerful poppy, I came across the above quote by Rachel Carson.

Contemplate the beauty of the earth. There will be found reserves of strength that will endure.

Contemplate the beauty of the earth.

Contemplate the beauty.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.

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. Rachel Carson knew the healing power of earth. Just a few days ago, you wrote so beautifully about holding onto the earth as it spins. It works.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Oh I love how you phrased that. “Holding onto the earth as it spins.” Yes, we hold on tightly and with intention — and it works.

  2. Bo, I was going to say something similar – hold on to the solidity of the earth beneath your feet. Will be thinking of you over the next few days.

  3. Whatever it is that is testing you, I picture you strong enough to not only endure, but come through even better than you started.

    Love the quote and the poppy.

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