A Field of Cosmos

A Field of Cosmos at West Madison Test Gardens in Madison Wisconsin

A Field of Cosmos © 2010 Bo Mackison

For a wild, abandoned look of beauty, I love a field of cosmos. They crinkle and dip low to the ground, then spring back. Nothing neat and tidy about cosmos, they always remind me of the “unmade bed” portion of an otherwise well tended garden. I do love these flowers.

Photographed at the West Madison Test Gardens, the experimental garden site of the University of Wisconsin in Madison Wisconsin.

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. Simple and pretty. And you’re right – nothing uniform and strict about them. Whimsical and fun are these flowers. Such a delightful photo. Great way to start my morning.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Isn’t it interesting how a bunch of flowers can affect mood? Well, I think it’s interesting — a good reason to take flower photos…

  2. These are stunning!! Love the perfect clarity..the contrasting color!!!

  3. Lovely image! I like the way you set this one up.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Actually, it was pretty much set up for me. When I saw those flowers sprawling in the setting sunlight, I had to get my tripod out! Thanks.

  4. Gandalf says:

    Wonderful composition. It looks as if you have overlaid a photo on a water color field.

  5. Couldn’t have siad it better myself

    For a wild, abandoned look of beauty, I love a field of cosmos

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