Orange Bumper © 2013 Bo Mackison
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” ~ Albert Einstein
It is a foggy day in Wisconsin, and when I peer out the windows I see only thick clouds hugging the earth. The streetlights are specks, the world is at a hush. As I paused at my window, taking a break from the last bits of writing for my new website, my mind wandered. Ah, day dreams! I reflected on the many places I have traveled in 2013, and truly paused with awe when recalling the wondrous sights held lovingly in my memory.
Several of my most memorable visits were when I stood on shorelines, oceans beyond. In early July I stood on the very edge of a gritty shoreline, where the eastern tip of Long Island extends far into the Atlantic. I was mesmerized with the waves, infinite. Six weeks later I stood on a shore near the Giant Redwoods, in coastal northern California, and I again watched as the waves pummeled the black sands and stared into the vast forever of the Pacific. Then just a month ago, I again headed east from Wisconsin to the Atlantic Coast, this time landing in North Carolina. I walked the beaches there, the pale sand cushioning every step. Again I stared into the waters, the seemingly never-ending ocean.
I have such fond memories of those hours looking into the spaciousness of the sea. Staring out into the ocean requires great imagination on my part. There is nothing but the relentless pounding surf, and yet an entire world exists in its depths. And as long as my feet are solidly upon the sandy earth, I feel a deep connection with that which I can only imagine.
In a couple of days – December 5th – I’ll be moving from Seeded Earth to my new website. It’s been in the making for nearly half the year as I gathered together my passions — my photography, book making, and writing, my love of nature and of travel — and gently wrapped them together into new offerings.
Every day is an opportunity for learning and exploring. The new and mysterious are just beyond.
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Agave, in Bloom © 2012 Bo Mackison
Today is the first day of Cigdem Kobu’s Winter Joy Retreat. This year’s theme is homecoming — as in coming home to yourself. One of today’s prompts was to create a 6 word memoir.
These six words were my first thought:
Wandering the desert, I found myself.
Grandma’s Pie © 2013 Bo Mackison
“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” ~ Laurie Colwin
It was a grand day when I was big enough to stand on a wooden chair and reach the work surface of the kitchen counter. I was perhaps 4 or 5. As my great-grandmother rolled dough for her pies, she would give me bits of pie dough and I would make tiny sculpted birds. Then we’d bake my dough birds on a small tray, next to her fruit pies.
I never make a pie crust without remembering those tiny birds. They were a bit grimy from being shaped and re-shaped, and they certainly were not flaky, considering a light touch is necessary for a light crust. But they were delightful treats, especially when shared with my grandmother.
Simple activities filled with kindnesses, a patient teacher, and lots of loving.
Bo Mackison is a photographer, book-artist, collector of stories, traveler, naturalist, curator, and owner of Seeded Earth Studio. She has many fond memories of growing up with grandmothers.
An Inspiring December Offering by Cigdem Kobu
It’s a busy time of year, and a good time to take a quiet retreat.
A year ago I took Cigdem Kobu’s December Retreat – Reset, Revive, Retreat – a workshop that I found immensely helpful as I said goodbye to 2012 and looked forward to 2013. This year Cigdem is again offering a December Retreat, re-christened the Winter Joy Retreat, and it promises to be as inspirational as the inaugural December retreat.
The focus this year is on HOMECOMING.
Coming home to yourself! What could be a better way to move towards a new year!
As Cigdem says, “It’s for women who want to feel empowered, hopeful and full of joyful energy as one year ends and a new one begins.”
If this is of interest to you, please click here for more information. (affiliate link)
Having worked with Cigdem over the past year, I can highly recommend her courses and workshops. The Winter Joy Retreat will not disappoint.
I hope to connect with some of you at Cigdem ‘s Winter Joy Retreat.
Blowing Seeds © 2012 Bo Mackison
How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.” ~ Elizabeth Lesser
Since 2007 I’ve been blogging on Seeded Earth. I chose the name quickly one afternoon, as I was setting up my blog for the first time. That autumn most of the photographs I took were of landscapes, gardens, prairies, flowers, all growing things. Since these all had their beginning as seeds in the earth, I determined that Seeded Earth would be an appropriate name for my new blog.
Seeds are, indeed, good beginnings, and Seeded Earth took root and grew. It began as Seeded Earth Photography, morphed into Seeded Earth Studios when I added new products and services, and eventually became my official, government approved, business name, Seeded Earth Studios LLC.
The name served me well as I embarked on the art fair circuit and traveled in the Midwest and Southwest, showing my macro-photographs of botanicals. It worked less well as I photographed fewer landscapes and more desert-scapes. And when I added stories about the arts and healing, and more personal writing, it lost even more of its cohesiveness.
While I still love the Seeded Earth moniker, it’s time to step up and re-christen my soon to be launched website Bo Mackison. The seeded wonders and desert wonders will still be featured as I continue to post my photography, but I am expanding. I’ll be offering online photography workshops beginning in early 2014, and adding Desert Wisdom Workshops and Retreats later in the year.
Seeded Earth has grown, flowered, given fruit. Now the fruit’s seeds have burst from their container.
In a few days, my new website will be launching at BoMackison.com. Please join me soon in welcoming my newest venture (and adventure).
Bo Mackison is a photographer, book-artist, collector of stories, traveler, naturalist, curator, and still the owner of Seeded Earth Studio. Her new website at BoMackison.com will be arriving soon.