Dahlia, Oh Dahlia

Dahlia, Oh Dahlia

Dahlia, Oh Dahlia © 2012 Bo Mackison

It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. ~ Diane Ackerman

Dahlias are my favorite flower to shoot. When I find a dahlia I love, I usually return a dozen times so I can capture the dahlia in its many stages, from bud to petals scattered on the garden earth. But when a dahlia I fall in love with is in a garden 200 miles from my home, I can’t visit over and over. The next best thing? Take an hour’s worth of photos in this patch of dahlias, every angle, in diffused light, in sun patches. Blowing in the breeze, and captured in a still air.

After I processed with photograph by de-saturating the colors, I could only look at the giant photo on my computer screen and think, “Dahlia, oh dahlia!” I’m in awe of this beautiful flower.



Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is busy at work, finishing a few new photographs to bring to the Third Ward Art Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this coming weekend. More info to follow.

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. that is awesome. do you grow them in your garden?

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I wish I did, but no. I visit gardens in the area. But maybe I’ll try a few plants in my yard next year. Great idea, Gandalf!

  2. Dahlias are wonderful flowers to grow and photograph.

  3. Gorgeous photo. I have loved dahlias even before I knew what they were called. I love taking pictures but don’t do so often enough. I’ll have to to something about that. Your photos are always so inspiring.

  4. Beautiful.

  5. Joanne Keevers says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Bo. 🙂

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thank you, Joanne. You are so kind to visit my blog and leave comments so often. I truly appreciate all my commentors!

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