Sunlit Leaf

Sunlit Leaf

Sunlit Leaf © 2011 Bo Mackison

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. ~ Henry David Thoreau

“An insect view of its plain.”

I love that description of my kind of macro-photography, written by none other than Thoreau. It seems I do explore the world of insects, though I am not in search of the creepy crawlers, only in search of the way the sun lights the back of a leaf, the way the ripple of the leaf adds dimension, the many shades of the yellows and oranges.

A magical world exists close to the earth.

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. Extraordinary abstract. the color!!!

  2. This is simply thrilling, Bo. You have such a unique eye and gift for writing to match! Well done, gal!

  3. I absolutely love the colors. Gorgeous abstract.

  4. So beautiful. I love both the color and the texture.

  5. Joanna Paterson says:

    A magical world exists close to the earth – absolutely! One of the wonderful side effects I’ve noticed of taking plant and flower photos is that I’ve noticed and seen bugs and insects that otherwise would have passed me by – and they’re all quite fascinating and beautiful and often also ugly 😉

  6. Different kind of leaf, similar inspiration:

    Minimalism can be so much fun.

    Thanks for the Thoreau quotation, which I wasn’t aware of, even though I’ve grown fond of taking insect views of plains and other things.

  7. Exquisite view and color — love this one! (I find myself saying “I love this one” quite frequently on your blog!!!)

  8. The hard/soft contrast here is dramatic. And that color! Wonderful all over.

  9. Reminds me of Fantasia. I feel music rolling through my brain.

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