Glowing Water Lily

Purple Water Lily at Chicago Botanic Gardens

Glowing Water Lily © 2010 Bo Mackison

This purple water lily, photographed in the water gardens at Chicago Botanic Garden, seemed to have its own light source from deep within. The lilies were a lovely treat at the gardens, four formal pools, all filled with different colors of lilies – deep purple, yellow, light pink, and this lily, a lovely deep pink.

It’s a bright sunny morning in Wisconsin-land. In a bit, Sherpa and I are packing the U-haul and car with our show tent set-up and my  photographs. We are traveling to Oshkosh where I will have an art booth at Faire on the Green at the Paine Art Center. Booth 70. The show is on Sunday, July 11, and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are in the area, come visit! Look for the Seeded Earth Studio sign and be sure to say hello!

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. Ohhhhhhhhh. It DOES look like it’s glowing from within. What an incredible photograph!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I never realized how bright the inside of a water lily was until I started photographing them. It IS amazing!

  2. Richard says:

    Beautiful Bo. Love the composition with the water reflection and “glowing” center.

  3. Gorgeous shot!

  4. Wonderful photo – You are sooooo lucky 🙂 or is it dedicated and persistent?

  5. LOVE THIS ONE! Ah, so pretty, and PURPLE, and bright. Made me light up myself when I saw it! – acts like a interested shopper – I think I shall take.. this one! 😀

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