Stormy Weather Doesn’t Dim Beauty

Yellow Aspen in the Rockies

Yellow Aspen in the Rockies ©2008 Bo Mackison

All day the clouds hung heavy over the Rockies. We hit rain driving through the passes, but we could see snow accumulating on the higher peaks above 9000 feet.

Our campsite straddled the Colorado River and the train tracks hugged the canyon walls across the river. Between the rushing waters (why does the sound of running water cause that biological trigger?) and the howling, screech-braking trains passing through a half dozen times, sleep was frequently interrupted. Amazingly enough, it was never hard to fall back aleep – over and over and over.

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. Beautiful shot of the Aspens! Brings back memories of when I lived in Colorado!

  2. Beautiful color Bo, I love to photograph in stormy weather the moisture adds a lot of saturation to the natural world when it rains !!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous capture. I love the aspens, and Colorado–long time no see. LOL… Sounds like running water and the howling, screech-braking trains passing disturbed your biological rhythm. 🙂

  4. Exquisite ..I am jealous..I wish I was there camping too!! 🙂

  5. wow, awesome colors

  6. Gorgeous, Bo! Absolutely gorgeous. I’m jealous.

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