Cosmos © 2011 Bo Mackison

Look at everything as if you are looking at it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. ~ Betty Smith

Cosmos are one of the first of the last flowers of the Wisconsin blooming season.

When the cosmos bloom, it is never long before the trees begin to show their autumn colors.

This is one of my favorite photographs of these cosmos, especially since they signal a change of seasons to me. I focused on the seedhead of the flower, the petals already blown away, the center shriveled and dry. But in the background, out of focus, is the fully in bloom flower, lending its summery colors to the photograph.

The cycle of life continues, the garden always a visible reminder.


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. seasons change, take us through life

  2. I’m loving the cosmos…especially at this time of year!! Exquisitely beautiful capture!!!

  3. Joanna Paterson says:

    Bo, that is extraordinarily beautiful – I feel as though I can see the whole of life here. Thank you.

  4. One spectacular image. Joanna’s comment is spot on. The beauty fades but remains fuzzy in our minds eye forever.

  5. I especially like this photo too, Bo. Wonderful capture!

  6. I’m glad to see someone else playing off one stage of a flower against another:

    It seems like a natural thing to do, yet I don’t often find nature photographers doing it. Apparently it’s not as much in their nature as I’ve thought.

  7. And as for “loving the cosmos,” as a previous commenter wrote, who doesn’t love the universe?

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