Happy 5th Blog Birthday

 Happy 5th Blog-a-Birthday, Seeded Earth Photography!

I have posted nearly 1900 photos to my photoblog in the past 5 years.

I pulled out a sample photograph from each of the Octobers I have been photo-blogging. When I began in 2007, I was new to digital photography, new to computers, new to blogging. In short, I had a lot to learn. And learn I did by daily practice.

I hope you enjoy watching as my photography years go by!

Read until the end, there are details on how to enter for a give-away in celebration of my blogging birthday.



Double Yellows © 2007

Deep blue lake trapping
Reflection in calm waters
Double yellow orbs

Photographed just after sunrise on a calm mid-October morning at Indian Lake County Park in Dane County, Wisconsin.



Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park © 2008

We camped at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado in mid-October. I wanted to photograph the dunes at sunrise. The temperatures had dropped into the teens in the early morning hours and iced the sculptured sand, making the trek up the dunes rather easy. It’s much easier to climb frozen dunes than to sink, with every step, into soft sand…



Blue Pumpkin? Yep! © 2009 Bo Mackison

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~~ Henry David Thoreau

You tell ‘em, Mr. Thoreau. Can I join you if I choose a pumpkin on the other side of the patch?



Interior Room at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Table for Two © 2010 Bo Mackison

This little room is in the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, tucked just off the main lobby. The closed door, leading to a storage room, is quite short, and reminds me of an Alice in Wonderland portal. The stairs wrap around the room while allowing natural light to come in through the windows…



Changing Leaves

Changing Leaves © 2011 Bo Mackison

Everything in life is speaking, is audible, is communicating in spite of its apparent silence. ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

In autumn, the colors of nature are what speak to me. They tell me to pay attention, remind me that what I saw yesterday or earlier this morning may well disappear into nothingness by noon. Autumn is the ultimate reminder that nothing remains the same, that change is a constant, that though we may hold treasures in our hands today, tomorrow our hands may be empty…

OCTOBER 2012  – Today’s post!

Autumn Oranges

Autumn with Orange ©2012 Bo Mackison

As I walked through Madison’s Olbrich Botanical Gardens this past weekend, I was happily surprised to see an art installation new to me – orange metallic cones near the bridge across Starkweather Creek.

What a joy to photograph! I love how the bright orange sculptures pop across the water, unexpectedly, and how the bright orange color complements the autumn background colors.

A favorite theme – a bridge crossing reflecting water – becomes even more appealing to me, with the sculptures in orange adding a sense of play to the setting. What an inspiring combination.


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

I am offering you a birthday gift during this birthday celebration of my photoblog. Leave a comment below and I will choose one (by computer number generator) for the birthday give-away.

I will send an original photograph to the winner, The photograph, either an 8 x 10 or an 11 x 15, your choice, will be a photograph I currently offer, and will feature a botanical or garden scene. Please allow me to do the choosing for you! (Special requests considered… 🙂 )

I will pick the winner on October 16th (my birthday, too!) and post the winner’s name on the blog.

Thanks to all who visit. Without you, blogging would not be nearly as much fun.

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. Congratulations on five years of blogging, Bo! I started five years ago, too—in August of 2007.

    I absolutely love the “Changing Leaves” photo! Wonder how I missed that one on your blog? Maybe I started following your blog after that or something? It’s such a gorgeous photo with an unusual color palette!

    Hey, we’re both Libras, I see! My birthday is October 20.

  2. Congratulations, Bo, on staying faithful to your work and yourself, and for drawing our eyes back to beauty again and again.
    Wishing you joy, celebration, and continued eagerness!

  3. Happy blog birthday, Bo! Your photography has grown so much over five years–and that’s your hard work and continued studying. Congratulations on the wonderful progress!

  4. Fun to see the changes.

  5. Congratulations on 5 years and I loved seeing your photography over this time period. I especially love 2011’s shot, something about the color just draws me in.

  6. Happy Blog Birthday Bo!! What a treat to see the passage of time through your images. “Changing Leaves” is stunning!! Thanks for sharing your art with us!

  7. Happy..happy 5th birthday!! I guess that means we’ve ‘known’ each other for that long!! And – what fun to see the images over the years…:-) Great work!

  8. Joanna Paterson says:

    Happy blog birthday Bo! Your blog has always been a source of comfort and inspiration to me and your work has helped to get up close and personal with this most beautiful seeded earth.

  9. OMG! Happy blog birthday from me, too! Just look at how far you’ve come in 5 years time. I love your blog and love you, too. October 16th is my mom’s anniversary, and my own birthday is October 14th. We are kindred spirits in so many ways! Happy happy!

  10. Susan Vial says:

    After hearing your description of each photo this morning on our walk,
    it was great fun to look at them tonight! I like the frosted sand dunes

    Happy birthday!

  11. Happy 5th blogging birthday! When I look back over your work I can see your journey, you have indeed come a long way! Congratulations and keep making photos for us to enjoy.

  12. Happy 5th to the blog! And an early Happy Birthday to you too!

  13. Sandy Pfahler says:

    I am a fan of your photography as you know and have many favorites on your blog. However, Autumn with Orange tops the list today. Beautiful!

  14. Love ‘Autumn with Orange’! An artist friend shared your site with me several years ago when I was making a transition from a 20+ yr mixed media artist to photography. She was from Wisconsin and had a great eye for talent. Your photography and words have been a huge inspiration to me. Happy 5th to the blog and wishing you a very Happy Birthday – the 16th will be here before you know it.

  15. Happy 5th Blog Birthday. Good for you! For your persistence, for your sharing, for your growth.
    I’m especially taken by the 2008 image of sand dunes–gorgeous curves and shadows.

  16. Happy Blogaversary! Thank you for your photographic offerings – pleasing to the eye, and informative…..love the pumpkins and the quote!!


  17. Congratulations, Bo! Your blog is always an inspiration to me, especially as I am started to get more into photography myself. I started reading your blog a few years ago, then stopped for some reason, and just discovered it again late last year. I am glad I did! I can really see how your photos have evolved since I first found your blog.

  18. Happy Blog Birthday, Bo! I love seeing the evolution of your photography. 🙂

  19. Happy Birthday Bo! I enjoyed all of your October photos but the showing you did for us this morning at Panera was very special. Thanks!

  20. Happy 5th Blogging Birthday Bo! October is a beautiful month for taking Seeded Earth photos so very appropriate that this is the month where it all began. 🙂

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