Flower Patch and Birch

Squill in a Patch, Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin

Squills in a Patch © 2011 Bo Mackison

Lately I’ve spent a lot of my photo time looking up at the flowering trees. The magnolias have been magnificent, the crab apple blossoms are just beginning to open. I’ve also spent some of my time looking towards the earth, too. And I found this rather charming patch of squills under a birch tree. I tried several variations — the close-ups showed the simplicity of the flower, but didn’t capture its delicacy. I sprawled on the ground for a few angles, but it wasn’t until I photographed the patch of dainty flowers with the birch tree as background, that I felt I captured the feel of these diminutive plants, a patch of color in contrast to the earth. It’s rather a friendly flower!

I photographed these flowers at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. Bo is thankful for the many flower gardens in Madison, and she is spending time outdoors photographing the many spring flowers now in bloom.


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. Beautiful image Bo, it’s good to look down sometimes isn’t it 😉

  2. I really like them with the Birch. That makes a very good image! We have just several in our yard: they must have been planted but if so it would have been over 50 years ago. Still beautiful though.

  3. Such sweet delicacies!!! Love how you’ve complimented and framed them with the birch!

  4. Gandalf says:

    I agree with bringing the birch into the picture (so to speak). It makes the image and feeling.

  5. Oh, my goodness. Check out my blog when you have time. This is simply gorgeous and I just WISH I could have a birch tree down here in the hot, sticky southland.

  6. Stacey Dawn says:

    Love the perspective.

  7. Joanne Keevers says:

    Oh Bo, I had images in my head of you sprawling on the ground to take the photos, in the Botanical gardens. Now, that’s dedication for you…and so worth it with such a beautiful result! 🙂

    By the way, I still have your “Crabapple Blossoms” photo as my screen saver, from the Calm Space last year. It’s so beautiful and I have never tired of seeing it.

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