Rain Sweeping

Rain Sweeping

Rain Sweeping © 2012 Bo Mackison

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Another rainy day. Rain came down so fast, i went out on the patio with the broom to sweep away the standing water – send it into the flower beds and the grass.

While I was sweeping away the water, making big splashes and laughing, I noticed the broom which has been a fixture in the garage and porch for nearly a dozen years. It is a Shaker hand-made broom that we bought on a vacation to the Canterbury Shaker Settlement in Canterbury, New Hampshire in the summer of 2000.

I fell in love with this broom. Yes, it is possible to love a broom, especially one so beautifully crafted. Notice the weaving where the straw is attached to the handle. And after years of hard use, the broom shows its age, but it may just be around for another dozen years.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.Usually Bo photographs landscapes or botanicals. But today she photographed her beautiful broom.

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. What a perfect broom for rain sweeping! I think that broom is an example of a small thing done right.

  2. Gandalf says:

    The image resonates with me, but I’m not sure why. I am not a fanatic about cleaning. Maybe it’s my inner self telling me something. 🙂

  3. Me too – I love old brooms. There’s something so notalgic about them. And – I have to say – I’m a bit envious of your rain….
    Wonderful imagery!!!

  4. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to say/write, “Another rainy day,” and to have enough to sweep?

    I love old brooms too. This image is lovely. 🙂

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