Ethereal Blue

Blue Flower at Allen Centennial Gardens at University of Wisconsin

Ethereal Blue © 2010 Bo Mackison

Floating, wispy, as if the flower is about to spin away.

Addendum: July 19. At a recent art fair, a garden lover identified this flower for me. It is a perennial bachelor’s button. I’m happy to provide its name after a long unsuccessful search on my part.

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. Perfectly titled. It’s beautiful, Bo.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Titles are the hardest part of blogging for me, bu this one popped into my head without me even trying. Hmmm.

  2. So amazing, Bo! What a shot–it looks otherworldly and so ethereal. I’m stunned by the beauty, and by your ability to capture it.

  3. Anna Surface says:

    This is gorgeous and an apt title! I really like this perspective! 🙂

  4. Absolutely stunning!! Love your very creative point-of-view..and the exquisite colors. Excellent!!!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Marcie. I don’t make ’em, but these flowers sure have been fun to find and photograph!

  5. Gandalf says:

    Intriguing perspective. Either this is a very tall flower or you are very short 🙂

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Neither a tall flower nor a short photographer, Gandalf. Though it’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it?

  6. oh, you have the most unique prospective on flower photos…i can certaily learn a thing of 2 from you…I will definitely be back here for another lookie…I love photography and I am only learning to photograph plants…

  7. …gets me thinking how amazing the world must look to insects…

  8. While it is a photograph of a flower in nature, it almost seems to have a ‘outerspace’ look to it. Very interesting perspective. Something different. Got to love that. 🙂

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