Terrace Seating at Memorial Union at University of Wisconsin in Madison

Waiting © 2011 Bo Mackison

I’m waiting. Waiting to gather enough information to make informed decisions about important people in my life. Waiting for the rain to stop pouring –it will and the sun will soon shine, but I had hoped to distract myself with some camera work. I can wait.

While I am waiting, I am watching more rain water pour into the Mississippi River. I am grateful that I am north of the flooding, but my thoughts are with the many thousands of people who have been or soon will be affected by the out of control Mississippi.

I lived in a Mississippi River town until I was eighteen. I still have relatives living in river towns up and down the Mississippi — in Illinois, Missouri, and Louisiana. I’ve seen the Mighty Mississippi when it was roiling and raging and overflowing its banks, spreading water as far as the eye could see. It’s not a pretty sight when the river floods.

All affected by this disaster are in my thoughts.

Waiting times are important practice times for me. I am impatient. It is good to practice patience. I don’t find it easy, but then life isn’t all about easy, is it?


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is waiting, and practicing patience today.

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. Love this photo, Bo. The perspective and color all go so well with your words.

    The Mighty Mississippi and many other rivers are having a tough time with the rain this year. We lived in St. Louis in ’93 (not near the river). I think that was the first time since Hurricane Agnes (in ’73, I think, when we experienced flooding on the east coast) that I realized just how much damage water can do.

    I hope your family are all well and above the flooding.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Most of my family is way north of the severe flooding. The Mississippi is high here, but not at a dangerous stage. But I look at the river, barely contained in her banks, and imagine how more rain, here and elsewhere, makes the situation further south so difficult and sad.

  2. I cannot imagine the amount of water that’s coming down the Mississippi. Watching the spillway being opened up yesterday and all the news reports it is just sad. Sad. My thoughts, too, are with all the people who have been and who will be touched by this tragedy. Good luck with your waiting and patience and decisions.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      It’s been a rough spring as far as weather.

      Patience is a good thing to learn, Debi, but I’m not being a very good student. 🙂

  3. Gandalf says:

    Waiting is a part of life, and I certainly can’t claim to be a person who tolerates it well either.

  4. Waiting is always the hardest place to be. And as for the Mississippi – there have been just too many heartbreaking natural disasters of late. A rough spring – for sure!

  5. I sure feel for those affected by the flooding: that has to be heart-rending. Our rivers are high here too, but our topography is such that there is little flood damage.

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