Pondering the Pond

Pond, Under and Above

Pond and Plants © 2011 Bo Mackison

One looks long and the world comes in. ~ Joseph Campbell

The skies were clear this morning and I saw the sun rise. My day always begins in a better place when I can greet the sun personally, and not have the clouds be an intermediary.

I walked around Strickers Pond again. Part of it winds through woodland on a bike path, part of the path divides the water from a few grassy backyards, part walks through tall plants and past a beavers’ territory, and the last part borders a dead end lane and allows great access to the shoreline.

I intend for my morning walk to be meditative, quieting. Some of the time it is. But then I get distracted. How could I not stare in awe at the lines of these aquatic plants, dried, decaying?  Some are broken, others still stand tall. A few hold the lingering plants they once held aloft.

I was distracted by the view above the thin ice and the view below the ice. Amazed at the lines – angular, half hidden. The shadows added another dimension.

Don’t shadows always add another dimension – both in the plant world and in our lives.


Bo Mackison is a photographer, 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. I like that photo. Wonderful lines and contrasts!

  2. Joanna Paterson says:

    I have found myself mesmerised by waterscapes recently. There are some bird sanctuary wetlands near here that are amazing to watch – pulling you in, like a meditation as you say, but then also so full of life, reeds bending, ducks cavorting, so many rich lessons there! yes, the world comes in. (thank goodness).

  3. I found myself sitting and staring at this photo. It has so many layers to it. I like it.

    Ponds do tend to be a distraction, especially if you walk by them regularly. They have so many different moods and personalities. And yes, I have to agree with you about shadows. I suspect life would be dull without them.

  4. Shadows definitely add another dimension. Another story. Another perspective. I like the thought of many layers.

  5. I – too – often find myself lost in the abstract lines and patterns of nature’s frozen palette. Wonderful!!!

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