Cabbage as an Exercise in Zen Mindfulness?

Zen Mindfulness in a Cabbage

Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second. ~ Mark Riboud

A cabbage as a study in Zen mindfulness.


When I was readying the tripod to photograph this flowering cabbage, I never expected this result.  A mesmerizing photograph of line and color.

Look at the colors, the tight spirals, the intricate patterns. Follow the circuitous lines of the green outer foliage, continue as it changes into a slate green, then an icy magenta, and finally a deep fuchsia.

I’ve never considered studying a photograph of a cabbage before. But now I find that it seems to be an unusual exercise in Zen mindfulness. It has the ability to capture the interest of the eye, to encourage a state of attentiveness.

A Zen cabbage!


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

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. It is amazingly beautiful, and rather unexpectedly.

  2. Hi! I’m back! A Zen cabbage. Not what I expected upon my visit but what a delightful Monday morning surprise. Clearly Zen. Moreover, it’s a labyrinth. My mind’s feet are traveling around, my mind’s eye is looking down and into the colors and becoming calm. I love this Zen cabbage. You never cease to surprise me, dearie!

  3. Love the color and detail Bo, definitely a good call on your choice of subject !!

  4. It feels as if you could continue delving deeper and deeper into the heart of the cabbage. Captivating.

  5. I love the colors – I might need to plant something like this next spring.

  6. You are quite correct that this is a Zen cabbage. Love how you captured it.

  7. Yes!

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