Quiet Space – September’s Photo-Heart Connection

Quiet Space

Quiet Space © 2012 Bo Mackison

The beginning of a new month! When I turn the calendar to a new month, I know it’s time to look for a photograph for Photo-Heart Connection from the last month’s photos. I look for one that speaks to me in a special way.

Here is my choice from the many photos I took in September. I took it on the last day of September, on an early Sunday morning when Autumn’s sunlight cast a spell on me. I stopped at this set of prayer benches situated high on a hill overlooking the city I call home.

It was a quiet morning.

A quiet time in a quiet place and I was grateful to spend some time resting on one of these benches.

I felt a deep connection with place, a sense of renewal, a new strength. I acknowledged that I am at a crossroads, and that simple acknowledgement gave me an inner peace for which I had been searching.

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
~ Chas. R Surndoll

This photo is my choice for this month’s Photo Heart Connection.

Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  She joins other photographers at  Kat Eye Studio and posts a photo taken the prior month that “connects with her heart’ during the first few days of the new month.
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 can feel the quiet in your lovely photo, Bo. It’s almost as if I’m standing there, in that golden light. Such a beautiful time of year. Thanks for sharing the moment with us.

  2. Love this idea of prayer benches, a gentle reminder for us to sit and reflect, hope you have a wonderful autumn!

  3. Wow, I would have been so moved by these prayer benches, what a lovely idea. I can see the peacefulness, and feel the breeze and I feel invited to sit down . . . such a wonderful connection, and I love that quote!

  4. a very contemplative spot… wonderful! a true invitation to rest and reflect. beautifully captured

  5. I too was quite touched by the benches and grandness of the trees around you. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I can so relate to being at this peaceful crossroad. I can see why this image – in particular – spoke to your heart!

  7. This looks like a wonderful place to contemplate, so warm and inviting.

  8. I love how I can feel and sense the quiet in this photo.

    Wishing you all the best,
    Mary (from September Photo-Heart Connection)

  9. Love the colour and tones in your image against that beautiful blue sky. Fabulous quote too.

  10. I love the quotation and the peaceful image with perfect autumn lighting. How amazing to see church benches – inviting us to quiet contemplation!
    Greetings, Sandra

    • Bo Mackison says:

      They are used for meditation or prayer benches and similar to a popular and simple bench designed by Aldo Leopold – a well known environmentalist from Wisconsin.

  11. I love those seats, I like to take place and look at the sky and nature and relax, lovely post

  12. A beautiful light and a beautiful spot to just sit, catch your breath, and think!

  13. Such wonderful benches. The benches and the scene itself look so peaceful and relaxed.

  14. A prayer bench. What a lovely, simple thing. Beautiful photo, Bo.

  15. Fantastic photo and wonderful photo-heart connection

  16. What a wonderful, wonderful place. I can feel the sunlight on my skin as I imagine sitting on those benches. Your words share with me that feeling of peace and acceptance for where you are. Thank you so much for sharing in the Photo-Heart Connection this month!

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