Blanket Flowers

Blanket Flowers

Blanket Flowers © 2011 Bo Mackison

. . . when I am out searching, I never have a set idea of what it is I’m looking for. I simply seek, occasionally finding what it was I wasn’t seeking.   ~ Jeff T. Alu

Gaillardia, or Blanket Flower, is a perennial that has brightly colored, daisy-like flowers.

They are typically found in a bright red and yellow combination. Easily grown, different varieties of blanket flower can be grown almost anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Sometimes I am careful in choosing which flowers I photograph. I will look for flowers that do not have large blemishes or insect damage, and I will try to photograph so that the flowers that are past prime are not in the photograph. But I decided to include flowers in all stages — from bud to seedhead — in this photograph of a mounded blanket flower. I am most fond of the composition, though I also like seeing the different stages of the flower.

Another day of wabi-sabi appreciation.

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 like the pov and the gorgeous colors.

  2. I like seeing the various stages in one photo too! It’s a very attractive image.

  3. The colors strike me most Bo

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