Transitions © 2011 Bo Mackison

I love how this photograph so captures both the last bit of the growing season and nature’s preparation for winter.

Flowers and all their complicated, tiny parts hold a fascination for me, and add to my interest in photographing them. But there is something deep and grounding about the autumn trees and the annual dropping of their leaves, as they prepare to withstand a long winter.

Nature gives us so many lessons if we only pay attention.

Appreciate the beauty of each day, but also prepare for the coming days. I am pondering that it is often true — that less is more.


Bo Mackison is the photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  She is paying attention to nature and change, listening and watching.

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:

    Indeed. I’m loving watching the trees as they shed their leaves and reveal their shape, beauty and strength in unencumbered form. As you say: lessons, always!

  2. Gorgeous photo, and a perfect illustration of the transition between seasons!

  3. Such gorgeous patterns in this. A beautiful autumnnal image.

  4. this photo to me says two seasons combined, I like that a lot

  5. Completely agree with what you wrote!
    You asked about the ratio of my Dahlia Macro image. I did crop it. I often crop to get the look I want, with no regard to the ratio. It does cause some extra work in matting and framing.

  6. Joanne Keevers says:

    Alyssum are one of my favourite tiny flowers to grow, Bo. So dainty, yet complex.

    Oh yes! Less is more!! 🙂

  7. Snowy alyssum – your photo captures 3 seasons at once. 🙂

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