Garden Door in Late Autumn

Garden Door - Autumn

Garden Door in Late Autumn © 2011 Bo Mackison

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile is the source of your joy. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

I am smiling at the memory of the many hours I spent in the gardens and national parks in Arizona. The waning sun often cast a golden glow before it quickly set for the evening.

The quote that I used today is one I repeat often to myself. I found it easy to be filled with joy when I was strolling along the garden paths at Tohono Chul or the Tucson Botanical Garden. A smile came readily to me. Back in Wisconsin, I find the conditions outside are not always conducive to outside shoots. And when the temps are below freezing and the skies are gray, I have to work a bit harder to reach that feeling of joy.

I find that the simple act of smiling while preparing a cup of tea, or sorting through photo catalogs brings me joy. My smile can be a source of joy — for me and for the people around me.


Bo Mackison is a photographer, owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She has returned to Wisconsin from the Southwest to celebrate the Holiday Season with family and friends. Bo’s first show back in Arizona will be in early February – the Tubac Festival of the Arts!

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. Very inviting doorway. I’d like to walk through it.

  2. Joanne Keevers says:

    Beautiful colours in and around the door, Bo. It does indeed look very inviting.

    I’ve noticed that even when smiling whilst talking on the phone, people can sense the happiness in your voice. The quote is one of my favourites also. 🙂

  3. Of all the times I’ve been at Tohono Chul, I have never seen these amazing golds and browns. And the mysterious shadow at the top and behind the door deepen the mystery. I love the warming glow, and I sure hope they didn’t get hit hard by the frost last week.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Have you been in the garden area past the door? I always sit for awhile in this shady courtyard when I visit the garden – and I love to photograph tis garden door.

  4. Beautiful photo, Bo!

  5. Beautiful photo, Bo. This is my new favorite. I love the earthy tones and lighting. 🙂

  6. Wonderful doorway and very inviting.

  7. Marvelous! Great colors and intricate designs.

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