Shadows of Leaves – Great Sand Dunes Nature Trail


On Great Sand Dunes Nature Trail © 2008 Bo Mackison

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world. ~ Arnold Newman  (American photographer)

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. Now, that is a great quote! Lovely starkness with the play of shadow and light. 🙂

  2. I couldn’t agree more, which is why photography is, to my way of thinking, yet one more art form. Lovely quote and photo.

  3. Where’d you find that quote?? So absolutely perfect! Love how you captured the shadow and light.

  4. Very, very nice!

  5. How can photos not be real? Do you mean all those shots in The Enquirer are an illusion? 🙂

    Your shots with the shadow play are among my favorites. Very nice capture.

  6. Lovely light and shadow shot. I think these are my favorites. You’re good with shadow.

  7. suehenryphotography says:

    I always find it interesting how the camera helps us see things we probably otherwise overlook — like shadows of leaves. Lovely capture of light and shadow.

  8. I like that thought, the illusion. I remember learning about how we see color. The colors we can view are the ones that aren’t really there, the particular quality of light that isn’t absorbed in an object, but deflected… that’s what we see. The objects around us are every other color.

    That thought sort of boggled my mind.

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