Roses on a Trellis

Old Fashioned Pink Roses on Trellis

Old Fashioned Pink Roses © 2012 Bo Mackison

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. ~ Rumi

I love planting the seeds of exploration. Looking at maps. Finding places that are unknown to me. Thinking I cannot go there, I do not know that place. Where would I stay? Who would I talk to?

Eventually I accept my fears, accept the anxiety that sometimes takes my breath away. I let myself be pulled by my unrelenting need to see anew, to satisfy my urge to explore, to follow my curiosity, and then to document what I see and experience with my camera and my journal.

I just decided to plan a new explore.

I have an incredibly hectic two weeks ahead of me. My son’s wedding is only ten days away. Soon there will be a houseful of relative. They are coming from the East Coast (my eldest lives within minutes of the Atlantic Ocean) and the West Coast (my sister-in-law and her spouse live within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean) and many geographical points in between — all eager to celebrate this joyous family occasion.

A few days after the wedding, Sherpa and I will head to Chicago for one of my biggest art fairs of the summer – a Thursday through Sunday affair at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

And then I shall go on a solitary explore to a part of Wisconsin that I have yet to visit in the 33 years that I have been a resident here. More to follow. That’s a promise!


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. Gandalf says:

    A delightful summertime image. Very refreshing.

  2. Good idea! I hope to explore some new territory here this summer too.

  3. Lovely image–the red against brown, and the downward arches. You are brave and adventurous.

  4. Joanne Keevers says:

    A new adventure Bo, and in Wisconsin. That sounds exciting and interesting. It seems as though you may have a few new adventures on the horizon, with the wedding and Chicago too. 🙂

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I have plenty of adventures coming up, Joanne. But I think of my adventure on the Mississippi as more of an explore. It gives me a different mindset and focus. I see an explore as a place to visit without an agenda or a schedule, a time to spend looking and absorbing. We’ll see what comes of it… 🙂

  5. Godspeed, dear friend. Sounds lovely to me. Have a wonderful wedding experience and great time in Chicago! XO

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thank you, dear Debi. The wedding shall be lovely, the art show in Chicago hectic. Living life!

  6. Beautiful image. I’m looking forward to reading more about your explore.

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