The Whisper of Life

Heritage Tree

Heritage Oak Tree © 2013 Bo Mackison

The following quote is about writing, but it seems, with a few adaptations, to also apply to the art of photography as I practice it.

Writing provides a way to make sense of the puzzling wild beautiful moments our lives keep delivering to us. Here whispers Life. Figure this out. Offering us psychic space, privacy, and slowness in a rushed and noisy world, . . . gives us a chance to tell our secrets, voice our own perceptions.  ~ from “Getting Lost” in Island of Bones by Joy Castro

Making photographs also provides me with a way of making sense of my wild beautiful life. It slows me down in the rushed and noisy world, gives me permission to be myself. Whispers secrets of life to me.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  She is looking around, seeing what there is to see.

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. Gorgeous tree!!! When I’m “in the zone” the entire world disappears and I’m in a world of my own making. Brings out a delicious sense of discovery when all the planets are aligned…XO

  2. I certainly agree!

  3. A gorgeous tree beautifully photographed.

  4. What wisdom resides in the heart of that tree? It looks old and wise.

  5. Yes. It does that for me too. 🙂
    That is an incredible tree, beautifully photographed.

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