Another View of Royalty

Royal Heritage Hellebore Blossom at Olbrich Botanical Garden

Hellebore Blossom © 2011 Bo Mackison

Another view of the Royal Heritage Hellebore, more commonly known as the Lenten Rose.

It is amazing how a walk in a garden, noticing the many colors, textures, and the scents of the different flowers — a true sensory walk — can make me feel connected to my world in a positive way, and chase away the gremlins. I walked in the gardens this morning — I needed a break from the last few days of preparation for the art festival season.

My summer shows begin in earnest next weekend with my first big show in the Chicago area. And I have eleven shows scheduled from Memorial Day weekend through August, so my summer will be filled with hectic fun and excitement.

Half of my shows are in the Chicago area. I am looking forward to lots of visits to my “adopted” big city–I earned my college degree in Chicago, met Sherpa there, and lived on the north side and in Oak Park for several years. Now I’ll see Chicago from a new perspective– from the inside of my art booth.

But there are still last-minute preparations calling for my attention, and the walk in the garden was the perfect antidote to the pre-show jitters.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is almost ready to begin her summer of art festivals in the Midwest area–just one more week!

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. Stacey Dawn says:

    Stunning… simply beautiful.

  2. That is just such an enchanting blossom!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      It is a lovely flower, one I’m not very familiar with. But I was pleased to make its acquaintance.

  3. Joanne Keevers says:

    I love the shade of pink in the Hellebore, Bo. My thoughts will be with you as you spend your summer at the art shows around Chicago. It sounds exciting!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      It will certainly be an exciting summer, Joanne. I’m eager to get the shows on the road!

  4. How soft and beautiful. Helebores are some of my favorites. Great photo, dearie!

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