Golden Arch

Golden Arch

Golden Arch © 2008 Bo Mackison

On the Mississippi Riverfront at Dubuque, Iowa. The bridge in the background is the Julian Dubuque Bridge and connects to East Dubuque, Illinois. I was attracted to the patterns and colors in the glow of the setting sun.

We pulled over along the river to take a few photographs and when I got out of the car, I was immediately swarmed by buffalo gnats. Evidently the wet weather and high waters have provided the little beasts with a perfect breeding ground. I took only a couple of shots, and I did those super fast. Yech!

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. Another shot with beautiful muted rusts and greens, yellows, blues. I love the texture, too.

  2. Cool perspective and patterns in this Bo, the arch is great leading line into the sky, well done !!

  3. Gandalf says:

    I agree with Bernie. The patterns and lines create a super perspective. You’ve also captured a wonderful mix of colors. The evening sun must have been very rich that night.

  4. I agree with ybonesy, Bernie K., and Gandalf… all I wanted to say. I love this capture and my type of photo. I’d hang this one on my wall, for sure. Very captivating with the patterns and line. Excellent! 🙂

  5. Chris Osborne says:

    Sorry about the gnats. They’re a pain, but at least they’re not mosquitoes.

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