Bee on Constellation Plant

Bee on Constellation Plant

Bee on Constellation Plant © 2011 Bo Mackison

Even though I have called this plant the “constellation plant” for as long I can remember – it has different sized globes shooting off in all directions, just like a constellation in space – its common name is Rattlesnake Master, a name given to it by Native Americans who used its root as an antidote for a rattlesnake bite.

This perennial is a marker of the tallgrass prairies of the Midwest, and often found with companion plants Bush Clover, Purple Coneflower, Sweet Black-eyed Susan, Big Bluestem Grass and Indian Grass. Rattlesnake Master is not easily missed, as it grows to heights of 5 feet. The honey bee pollinates the plant, and it usually has a small swarm of bees buzzing about the flowers (and the photographer!)


Marcie Scudder of Daily Practice is again featuring a photographer on Saturday Salon, a monthly feature on her photo blog. Marcie interviewed Anita Bower of Anita’s Photoblog on her post today. I have long followed Anita who is a master at photographing botanicals with textured backgrounds. I highly recommend checking out Anita’s interview and her blog.

(If you missed it, Marcie interviewed me last month and we discussed the evolution of Seeded Earth Photography.)  Marcie does great interviews!


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.

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. Looks like a southern yellow jacket to me, Bo, but surely not. Their nasty dispositions would have never allowed you that close! LOL! Gorgeous shot!

  2. Joanna Paterson says:

    Oh, I like this very much – and love the idea of flowers as constellations 🙂

  3. what a great macro of the bee, good spotted too, they can easily be looked over

  4. Constellation plant is a cool name, but I like Rattlesnake Master better.

  5. I love that photo, Bo!

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