To Photograph a Leaf

Leaf and Light ©2012 Bo Mackison

It is no accident that a photographer becomes a photographer any more than a lion tamer becomes a lion tamer. ~ Dorothea Lange

I love how the sun light on the backs of these layers of leaves, subtracts the light and adds the shadows. I feels like one big leafy puzzle to me. These are the kinds of photographs – ones that delight and surprise – that make me happy I have fallen so passionately involved with photography. When I saw this leaf, I just had to take its portrait!

There’s hardly a day that passes without me taking a walk with camera in tow or me pulling over to the side of the road when a photo opportunity catches my eye. So thankful am I for my camera that rides shot-gun whenever I run errands to a store, drive to the other side of town, or take a cross-country trip.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. Bo is looking forward to her next cross country trip – planning, packing, and counting down the hours until it’s time to go!

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. This is great! I have about the same camera habits. It’s a very good kind of addiction.

  2. This is gorgeous! The simplicity of leaves isn’t quite so simple when studied by your camera, seen with your eye. Exquisite!

  3. Love, love, love this image! It is almost but not quite abstract. Wonderful tricks of light and shape. An image to look at again and agains.

  4. Love this image, Bo. It’s gorgeous!

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