‘Fanfare’ Blanket Flower

'Fanfare' Blanket Flower

'Fanfare' Blanket Flower © 2011 Bo Mackison

This blanket flower is the ultimate in red-hot summer flowers. The more common sunflower may look more like the sun, but this flower is more symbolic of how the sun actually makes me feel.

This is a ‘Fanfare’ Blanket Flower, a favorite of mine, and an easy flower for me to photograph as I grow it in my backyard perennial garden. Not only is it an easy plant to grow, it apparently is not a favorite of the critters that nightly munch on my garden. For that, it rates high on my list. It is also a long bloomer and will flower from now until the end of August.

I love this information on the flower tag. It reads “best choice for use in hot, dry spots where little else can grow.” Now that is my kind of flower. Hardy and tough. And beautiful, too!

This is a more standard photograph of this beauty. Yesterday’s photo featured the blanket flower depicting more mood than flower detail. This shot taken at ƒ/9.0 has enough depth of field to show the entire flower in focus.

I like both photographs — and each one serves a different purpose. Yesterday’s photo was more evocative, dreamy, an artistic rendering. I wanted to elicit the sensory feelings of a hot, steamy summer’s day. This one is more technical, and a better photograph for identification purposes, though I like its simple composition and mix of warm colors against the cool green foliage.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She spent the early morning enjoying her gardens – with and without her camera.


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 both photos too, and often shoot the same subject with different setups myself. Seems like I always learn something when I do that too.

  2. WOW! This one just radiates colorful happiness!!!

  3. Gandalf says:

    I agree with Marcie.

  4. Joanne Keevers says:

    The blurry effect on the ‘mood’ photo gives that photo more of a romantic feel, although I really like the crispness of this photo as well. I couldn’t choose a favourite, they both have their own individual appeal. 🙂

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