Salmo Pond in November

Salmo Pond

Salmo Pond © 2011 Bo Mackison

Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them.  ~ Marcus Aurelius

November – the month when the brilliant colors of October change to muted hues of yellows, greens, browns. Tree skeletons appear. Grasses that waved tall and proud are now brittle and bent to the ground. There are days when the sky is blue and sunshine gives nature a soft glow, but these days are outnumbered by cloudy gray days, days of rain and wind.

November is all about change. This is the time of year that offers us lessons in acceptance — offers us glimpses of nothingness, provides  us with daily reminders that nothing stays the same, and challenges us to practice the art of learning how to say goodbye.


Bo Mackison is a photographer, owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  It is November, perhaps the most contemplative month of the year.

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 love the sparness of November. This photo captures it it nicely. Super observations about this transition month.

  2. Up here it’s hard to see any beautiful signs of this month. Everything is mostly grey. This is a lovely November image.

  3. Oh my, that’s a gorgeous scene!

  4. Fall going into winter. Nice quote.

  5. Beautiful Autumn Salmo Pond scene! I agree and so resonate with what you said about November and is all about change and practice the art of learning how to say goodbye. Well stated, Bo.

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