A Sea of Mystery

Pink Starlight

Pink and Orange Mystery © 2012 Bo Mackison

To create is to move into the unknown — to move into the mystery of yourself, to have feeling, to awaken buried perceptions, to be alive and free without worrying [what others think] about the results. ~ Michael Cassou

There is something about this garden plot of chives that brought forth my compulsion to change the humble purple orbs into a sea of pinks and oranges, waving blissfully with the tempo of the wind.

Chive flowers are such simply designed specimens of nature, and I take hundreds of photos of them.

What is it about chives? Their fringed edges? Their clumpiness — all squeezed together as if they are holding each other up? Their willingness to hold quite still, even with the wind about? Their slightly unkempt look, a bit tussled, a un-posed, natural look?

Some of my favorite photographs are ones I’ve taken of chives and then adapted so that the photo shows how I first saw the flowery fields. One of my clients’ all time favorites is also a row of chives, highly desaturated in post processing. People fall in love with the mood, the vintage look, and most have no idea they are praising the beauty of chive flowers.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. Yesterday, she played with her photographs and her computer all day. Bo thinks it a wonderful thing when she can refer to what she does as both work and play!

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 think it’s a wonderful thing too. 🙂

    I really like what you did with the chives. It suits them, and the resulting image is gorgeous.

  2. Bo Mackison says:

    Thanks, Robin. There are days when I get play and work mixed up! That’s a good thing!

  3. Gandalf says:

    very cool photo.

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