Walking with the Trees

Bare Branches

Bare Branches ©2012 Bo Mackison

“Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”
–   Karle Wilson Baker

I think if I ever decided to limit myself to only a few subjects to photograph, I would choose first the tree.

When I photograph a tree, I capture the structure of the tree, and its beauty, its strength. But it seems the tree portraits become self-portraits in a sense, as they often capture my mood and state of being, too.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. During this month of endings and beginnings, of many journeys and quite a bit of upheaval, I will be posting iPhonography.

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. Definitely something you can look up to. 🙂

  2. Interesting. I actually find trees one of the most difficult subjects to photograph. Get far enough away to capture the entire tree, and I lose detail. Get close enough to see the detail, and it’s hard to capture the full size and majesty of the tree.

    I love the somewhat surreal quality of the white branches on the white sky in your photo. It really captures the mood of November, I think.

  3. Trees are a favorite of mine as well. I love your treatment of this tree – the angle of the capture, the texture and colors. Definitely grants a sense of place, and of being. Mood. Lovely.

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