Floating Poppy

Floating Poppy

A Fresh Start © 2011 Bo Mackison

One more poppy photograph. I love how this flower seems to be floating in a field of green – suspended, spattered with raindrops.

The poppy has many symbolic associations – beauty, magic, eternal life. In Chinese art, poppies represent the loyalty and faith between lovers. Most of the legends about poppies refer to red or deep orange poppies, and many of these stories connect the poppy with eternal sleep. (Remember the sleep-inducing poppy fields in the Wizard of Oz?)

For me, the pink poppy is not a sleeper. And I love its recently rain washed appearance, so I made my own connection for pink poppies — “fresh start.”


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is looking for a spot in her perennial garden to plant her newest favorite flower–the pink poppy.


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. Joanne Keevers says:

    Look at the folds in those petals and the dimensions of the photo, as you say, floating in a green field. I hope you find the perfect place to plant the pink poppies in your garden. 🙂

  2. What an elegant poppy this is! I often wondered if the WOZ red poppy/sleep connection had something to do with opium. But it doesn’t matter–this one does look like a fresh start!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      There IS something elegant about the pale pink and the raindrops like diamonds that does add a sense of elegance to this flower.

  3. Those have to be the prettiest poppies in the world! I just love that color!

  4. Gandalf says:

    I love the purple streaks at the base of the petals. Beautiful photo.

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