‘Golden Shadow’

'Golden Shadow' © 2010 Bo Mackison

I took this photograph of a most unusual plant a few weeks ago at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. I took it before we had had our first frost. I took it when we’d had an abundance of rain. I took it when the mosquitoes were each the size of a dive-bombing hornet, and each mosquito had targeted me as dinner. Therefore, I grabbed a quick look at the tag on the plant, and noted its name was ‘Golden Shadow.’ And I took cover in the car in an attempt to escape the mosquitoes.

Weeks later, I wanted to find out a little more about these lovely golden shadow leaves and so I started Googling “Golen Shadow’.  I found a dogwood with the name of ‘Golden Shadow’ – no resemblance. Then I found a Paper Mulberry ‘Golden Shadow’, but it looked nothing like this plant either.

So though I love the unusual look of this plant, and it has the most wonderful deep butterscotch color, and the texture was a velvety nub, I have no identity for it other than “Golden Shadow’.

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. Nice job! I like the composition and framing. The leaves look at bit like mulberry leaves.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      All those golden leaves were a lot of fun to play with as far as composition went. Still haven;t got a positive ID though. ??

  2. Thank you for enduring those mosquitoes to get this shot. Just love those velvety new leaves. And that color! Beautiful.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      One good thing about that first frost — no more mosquitoes! So relieved. This was a banner summer for those pests!

  3. Love the warm rich color and the wonderful texture — makes me want to touch and feel!

  4. Well, it’s a very pretty plant, you got a great photo of it, and the name fits it very well. Three out of four isn’t all that bad!

  5. Beautiful, and I’m so happy to catch up with you again! I was updating some pages on my blog this evening and noted that you are/were the only person to leave a comment on my “About” page…so I followed the link…and eventually found myself here. Happy, happy. 🙂

  6. Is it a white mulberry? I’ve only seen a mulberry PERIOD in Wisconsin and the leaf looks similar, but don’t mind me as I’ve no clue about mulberries except for the shape of the white mulberry’s leaves! LOVELY photo! LOVELY!

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