Frosted Leaf

Frosty Maple Leaf

Frosty Maple Leaf © 2011 Bo Mackison

We do not remember days, we remember moments. – Cesare Pavese

Maybe this is a good time to post another frosty photograph. I checked the weather forecast for later today and saw a four letter word — snow. So, before the snow flies and my outdoor world becomes white, I’ll share one of my more colorful autumn macro photographs.

When this maple leaf fell from the tree, it became wedged on its side in the grass. The frost added an outline of lacy white ice to the orange-red leaf.

I love how the maple leaf’s familiar outline is highlighted, how the simplest things in nature — a fallen leaf, a touch of frost — turn into a captured moment of beauty, of life.

And how the photograph also captures a moment of time, and I watch as autumn turns her face towards winter.


Bo Mackison is a photographer, owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She also loves the very first snowfall of the season when her whole world looks freshly dressed in pure white.

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. Beautiful. The frost outlines the leaf and the shadowplay of the grass on the leaf is exquisite.

  2. Breath-taking beauty. So easily missed. And you captured it and brought it to us. Thank you.

  3. Lovely image, simple and elegant.

  4. Exquisitely beautiful detail and light. Me too – I’ve been photographing the frosty leaves.

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