Garden Door in Late Autumn

Garden Door - Autumn

Garden Door in Late Autumn © 2011 Bo Mackison

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile is the source of your joy. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

I am smiling at the memory of the many hours I spent in the gardens and national parks in Arizona. The waning sun often cast a golden glow before it quickly set for the evening.

The quote that I used today is one I repeat often to myself. I found it easy to be filled with joy when I was strolling along the garden paths at Tohono Chul or the Tucson Botanical Garden. A smile came readily to me. Back in Wisconsin, I find the conditions outside are not always conducive to outside shoots. And when the temps are below freezing and the skies are gray, I have to work a bit harder to reach that feeling of joy.

I find that the simple act of smiling while preparing a cup of tea, or sorting through photo catalogs brings me joy. My smile can be a source of joy — for me and for the people around me.


Bo Mackison is a photographer, owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She has returned to Wisconsin from the Southwest to celebrate the Holiday Season with family and friends. Bo’s first show back in Arizona will be in early February – the Tubac Festival of the Arts!



Sunlit © 2011 Bo Mackison

Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress. ~ Bruce Barton

Change is in the air, and it’s not only the changing of autumn trees.Though the change in the trees has been spectacular this year.

In a few hours, I’ll be getting on a plane and traveling to Long Island to celebrate the wedding of my older daughter. There will be a wine tasting, dinner under the stars, a clam bake and picnic on the beach, oh yes, and a wonderful marriage ceremony. Another spectacular event for this autumn.

If I’m not around for the next few days, I’m either traveling, taking photographs on Long Island, drying my eyes, or eating wedding cake!

Congratulations to the happy couple, Jeanne and Judy!


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. Bo is taking a few days off to celebrate a special family occasion.


Changing Seasons

Turning Leaves

Changing Leaves © 2011 Bo Mackison

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~ Lao Tzu

The more I look with intention, the more I see.

I watch as these leaves gradually change from green to orange and lose their lustrous coating. Each day I see more, even as the leaves wither and physically become less.They are no less beautiful.

When they grew in green clumps on the summer trees, I did not notice individual leaves. Now I can easily see them as individuals, notice the one with more orange than its neighbor, see another wobbling with the breeze as it loses its grip on the branch, and another has developed a fringe of dark brown.

Wabi-sabi leaves.

How many will still be on this branch when autumn officially begins?


Two Shadows on Halloween


Two kinds of shadows today. The first, a shadowy tree trunk photo for Halloween. This is nearly the last autumn color left in my neck of the woods. (Sorry, bad pun!) Most of the color has changed into crunchy brown on the forest floor, but this clump of trees posed for an early morning shot today. Photographed at Owen Park, a Madison Conservation Park in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sadly, while I was hiking I saw two steam shovels leveling land for a subdivision 100 yards from the trail. They cast the second shadow, a shadow on my spirit. Soon we’ll have nothing left to conserve but concrete. Go, progress! (Go away, that is.)

© 2007 barbara