On Watch

photo(21)On Watch © 2013 Bo Mackison

A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature.
It is Earth’s eye, into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Skies hint of purple,
the sun withdraws.
Winds calm in the heavy summer air.

A tumble of rocks deep
disappear in gray shadow.
Ghost carp glide under the dock.

The spirit trembles, shaken, then
regains its equilibrium
On watch for the first star.

Oak Leaves Amidst the Snow

Oak Leaves And Snowy Tree Trunks

Oak Leaves And Snowy Tree Trunks © 2012 Bo Mackison

“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods,
if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature.
Be cold and hungry and weary.” ~ Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

The skies are a bright blue and the snow’s brightness has turned this wintry wonderland into a glittering reflection of light. I love the woods when the trees wear winter white thanks to the blowing blizzard and the sideways falling snow. And I especially like the contrast of the brown oak leaves, still on the trees.

The snow was perfectly timed to greet the official beginning of winter.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.

The newest issue of Sprout Magazine , edited by Amanda Fall, is now available for download and purchase. I am pleased to be included in such a wonderful group of gifted and inspiring contributors. This issue’s theme is simplicity.

December Sunrise

Sunrise in December

The Sun Rises ©2012 Bo Mackison

“You don’t need somebody to interpret for you what a beautiful sunrise it is.” ~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Owen Park Gate at Sunrise

Owen Park Fence at Sunrise

What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?
E. M. Forster


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. Winter clouds, snow and the sunrise – a combination worth getting up early to capture.

Waiting for Silence

Prairie Rosinweed

Prairie Rosinweed © 2012 Bo Mackison

Waiting for Silence – A Poem

i listen
for the noise of daily life to subside;
for the voices in my head to quiet;
for the busyness of business to halt.

slowly i discover

silence is not…




Sun Salutation with Black Eyed Susans

Sun Salutation © 2012 Bo Mackison

silence is…





Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  She takes photos constantly, and shares them daily. She writes poetry often, but shares it infrequently. Today she is on her way to the prairie again – her muse for both photography and words.

Sunday Series – Historic Log Church

Praire Land on Hauge Log Church Property, Church Visible on Hilltop

Hauge Log Church above the Prairie © 2012 Bo Mackison

I am trying to teach my mind
To bear the long slow growth
of the fields, and to sing
of its passing while it waits…
~ Wendell Berry

Hauge Log Church - Exterior and Door

The Door of the Hauge Log Church  © 2012 Bo Mackison

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and give strength
to body and soul alike.  ~ John Muir

Hauge Log Church - Exterior

Hauge Log Church – Church on a Hill Overlooking the Prairie © 2012 Bo Mackison

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. ~ Andre Gide

Gray-headed Coneflower

Gray-headed Coneflower in the Hauge Log Church’s Prairie  © 2012 Bo Mackison

Notice how present a flower is, how surrendered to life it is. ~ Eckhardt Tolle

Hauge Log Church - Main Floor Interior and Pulpit, Photographed from Rear of Church

Hauge Log Church – Simple Interior © 2012 Bo Mackison.

A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your entire life.  ~ Christopher K. Germer

Hauge Log Church - Front Window and Pulpit

Hauge Log Church’s Pulpit © 2012 Bo Mackison

Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.  ~  Sir Francis Bacon

Hauge Log Church - Rear Balcony with Window and Four Rows of Pews

Balcony of the Hauge Log Church with Window and Pews © 2012 Bo Mackison

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. ~ Ansel Adams

Hauge Log Church - Outside Grounds, Swing and Cemetery

Swing and Cemetery at the Hauge Log Church © 2012 Bo Mackison

You don’t get to choose how you die or when, you can only decide how you are going to live. ~ Joan Baez


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. On Sundays, Bo shares a series of photographs and quotes she finds meaningful. This photo series is of the Historic Hauge Log Church and its adjacent lands. The church was built in Dane County, Wisconsin in 1852. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and its upkeep is provided by a group of dedicated volunteers.