Zen Bench

On a Quiet Village Street

On a Quiet Village Street

We drove to Mineral Point today, a town a good hour away from Madison, and pleasingly filled with galleries and such stores. The town is old, very old by Wisconsin’s standards, and many of the homes and buildings are built with huge quarried stone, a lovely golden yellow in color. Though I chose to go with the black and white photograph of the stone bench. I loved all the lines and all the tones in the photo. It’s a solid piece of stone work, though on a day like this which feels close to true winter, with temperatures hovering near the freezing mark, there remained a bit of ice on the bench. Not even a steady show of the sun melted all the icy slush. Has a peaceful feel though. Nice.

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. I’d sit there. 🙂

  2. I really like the b&W because it draws out the textures and lines. Nice composition and shot.

  3. I’m zoning already on a Monday. Very nice.

  4. A perfect spot for meditation. Love the shapes in this.

  5. Sheer perfection.

  6. Nicely composed and great choice with the black and white.

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