The Red Stem

Red Stem

Red Stem © 2011 Bo Mackison

It is a good idea to be alone in the garden at dawn or dusk so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.   ~ James Douglas

When I study this photograph, it gives me a feeling of being supported.

I see the red stem divide to support the two-lobed, dew soaked leaf. I see the leaf, waving in a steady breeze. I see the stem sway back and forth, absorbing nature’s forces. The leaf has such a magnificent support system in place.

A single leaf has adequate support.

Surely I also have a support system in place, perhaps invisible or unnoticed, but strong and flexible nonetheless.

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. Joanna Paterson says:

    Oh Bo… I love that image, and your reflection on it. Thank you.

  2. Great metaphor, Bo. Amazing what you can see in one leaf.

  3. Intricately beautiful

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