‘Esther’ Dahlia Visits Festival of the Arts in Glen Ellyn IL

'Esther' Dahlia at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison Wisconsin

'Esther' Dahlia © 2010 Bo Mackison

I’m posting another photograph of ‘Esther’ dahlia, easily my favorite flower of the year. She has posed for me many times this summer.

‘Esther’ will be on display along with many of my botanical photographs this weekend at the Festival of the Arts in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Seeded Earth Photography will be on the road again, as we head to Glen Ellyn, a northwest suburb of Chicago. The art show is in Lake Ellyn Park and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29.

If you are in the area, be sure and stop by Seeded Earth’s booth and say hello. I’d love to show you my photography.

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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. Congratulations – to both you and ‘Esther’!!! What a beautiful image. Wish I could be there to see for myself…
    Best of luck!!!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Marcie! I’ve begun to consider Esther my “good fortune” photo subject. She’s fun to show – everyone loves here cheery appearance..

  2. Fabulous image. One of my favorites. The texture, the colors, the way it just glows. It’s signature Bo. All the best to you at the art festival.

  3. Good luck on the fair. Lovely photo of “Esther.” She’s very photogenic.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Always helps to have a photogenic subject. Too bad it’s near the end of her season…hope to see her again next July and August.

  4. Esther is a sweetie–so photogenic, and constantly showing ever-changing details! I hope she brings you lots of ooohs and ahhhhs at the festival. The two of you will be the stars of the show!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      That is what I love about Esther — she has so many wonderful details to catch the eye. Maybe we’ll be stars, maybe just starry-eyed! Hee hee. Thanks Quinn for the kind words.

  5. The Esther is absolutely gorgeous in details, color and texture. I do believe you are the flower whisperer with photographing flowers. All the very best at the Festival!

  6. I can see how that can be your favorite flower, Bo. It’s truly beautiful! I hope the show goes well for you.

  7. Such wonderful color and texture! Ester is a real beauty and you’ve shown her off perfectly!

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