‘Be Happy’ Dahlia

Pink Hearts Flower

‘Be Happy’ Dahlia

 “Be grateful for those who give us happiness; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls bloom.” ~ Marcel Proust

I found this charming dahlia at Olbrich Gardens yesterday morning while taking the last few photographs for a big project. I had to stop and take a break from “Big Project” — which is more than I bargained for anyway — so I could photograph this dainty dahlia.

When I checked the flower’s  ID plate, I laughed out loud. Her name is “Be Happy” Dahlia — how great is that? This is the kind of flower that just begs you to smile and start humming a happy tune. I’m not much of a heart lover, but I do love the little hearts tucked into the petals. They seem perfectly placed, and match the flower-induced smile.

This is an appropriate photograph for today because it’s a celebration day in our family. Today is the birthday of the guy I married a million years ago — well, to be correct it was really only 12,867 days ago! (I just added up all those days — WOW!)

Wishing my Sherpa, who brings much happiness into my life, a very happy birthday!


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  Bo is humming today while she does her work. “Happy birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Sherpa, Happy Birthday to you!”

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. ♥ the “Be Happy” Dahlia. (I just had to put the ♥ in there…tee hee) And, happy birthday Sherpa!

  2. Lovely Dahlia image. Great name for it. Mimicking you, I’ve begun calling my husband Sherpa when he carries some of my equipment.

  3. Happy Birthday to Sherpa!

    I ♥ this Be Happy Dahlia. It made me smile (a big, goofy kind of smile). It’s a beautiful, obviously happy flower. 🙂

  4. Gorgeous colors on that dahlia.

  5. I’d call this the Bob Marley Dahlia (at least for a subtitle) 🙂

    Thanks Bo and all for the kind BD wishes. I just might have a beer tonight to celebrate.

  6. Hard not to ‘be happy’ looking at that. What an exquisite burst of color!!!

  7. That beautiful blossoms is well named!

    Happy birthday to your Sherpa!

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