Sunlit Milkweed Pod

Milkweed Pod

Milkweed Pod Ā© 2011 Bo Mackison

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.
~ Robert A. Heinlein

I wouldn’t be autumn without a photo session with a milkweed pod, recently split open, and spilling its many feathery light seeds into the world. Even as I was shooting, a light breeze picked up many of the seeds and sent them sailing into the sky.

I was lucky to be shooting early in the morning, when the winds had not yet turned strong and the morning sun rays illuminated the milk pods in its golden light.

Milkweed seeds are closely associated with my business name, Seeded Earth.

I began taking macro-photographs of the many autumn seeds in a nearby prairie in early October, 2007, and really took my first prolonged look at a few of the millions of seeds covering the earth. At the time I thought of how the earth was a “seeded earth”. When the time came to choose the name of my first blog, one in which I planned to feature a daily photograph of nature, the name “Seeded Earth Photography” came to mind.

Macro Milkweed Exploding Seeds

My First Milkweed Seed Photograph Ā© 2007 Bo Mackison

This is one of the first photographs I took when I began my daily photography challenge in October, 2007. And that was the beginning of Seeded Earth Studio.


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. Joanne Keevers says:

    What a lovely story that is Bo. I’ve always liked your blog and photography name, it has such an “earthy” feel to it, but the first photo story gives it even more meaning. The top photo reminds me of peacock feathers!

    October, 2007? So I should be wishing you a happy anniversary of sorts. šŸ™‚

  2. Joanna Paterson says:

    Oh, these are beautiful. I’ve always loved the expression ‘seeded earth’ too, and learned so much from this site about how to sow, scatter, harvest and see.

  3. Gorgeous Bo

  4. So interesting how the simple milkweed inspired the naming of your blog. And – me too – I love photographing these aging beauties!

  5. It’s a lovely story, Bo, but perhaps more importantly, look at how much you’ve grown since choosing that name — the difference between the two photographs is remarkable. You started with passion and raw talent and developed great skill — amazing progress!

  6. Very nice, Bo. I enjoyed learning how “Seeded Earth” came into being. I cannot improve upon any of the earlier comments but can also see how you have grown through the years in your craft. Love the milkweed seeds!

  7. Bo:

    What a wonderful story about the naming of your blog. I love the idea of the earth being full of seeds–seeds of new life and hope for the future. A most meaningful name.

    Our milkweeds haven’t broken open yet, at least not as of a few days ago. They are a sign of fall. Lovely colors and brightness in these images. I can see how you have grown as a photographer.

    Thanks for your suggestions on my Dahlia photo. šŸ™‚

  8. Wow. What a difference 4 Years makes :). Wonderful story on how you named your blog and business.

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