Happy Birthday to My Daughter

Apple Orchard Sunrise

Apple Orchard Sunrise Β© 2008 Bo Mackison

I haven’t been a woman in this state of affairs for a long time. For the last 7,469,280 minutes of my life I have been a mother of one or more teenagers. But today the streak ends. My younger daughter, the baby of the crew, turns 20 today. Today I lose my title of “parent of teenager.” All my kids are now twenty-somethings.

Happy birthday, dear, and I wish you a day that brings you much laughter and love.

A Door County, Wisconsin cherry orchard bathed in pink dawn light.

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. Gandalf says:

    Happy BD.

    No teenagers – a new stage of life for you and your daughter. The picture matches the next stage very nicely. Where do you find cherry trees in Wisconsin?

  2. rlovison says:

    Wow, stunning colors and a beautiful composition! I hope this new stage in your life brings happiness. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh, goodness, what a great photo and text to go with it. Big day for both of you. (And cool, you have a Gemini daughter. Tell her, Geminis Rock!!) 8)

  4. HeyJules says:

    Happy Birthday to your daughter and WOW! on the photograph!

  5. fanciful and dreamy, just like life in the twenties.

  6. Wow! Amazing and beautiful capture of the dawn, Bo.

    Happy birthday to your daughter! πŸ™‚

  7. Thanks mom <3

  8. Congrats! The shot is gorgeous! It once again says to me, “care about this world” and my natural reaction is to say “I do!” Say happy birthday to your daughter! I think the very idea of coming into your own adulthood at a time in your life when you discover your own talent in photography is wonderful. Lord knows mom’s are selfless (and us photographers are quite the opposite) well okay, maybe only out in the field! πŸ˜‰ Brilliant shot!

  9. montucky says:

    I can remember that day in my life too. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  10. Happy 20th to your daughter . . . those were some amazing years! She should be out enjoying them!

  11. Today was my daughter’s b’day as well; her ‘champagne’ birthday, 27 on the 27th.
    Happy birthday to yours and congrats to you.

  12. Beautiful image Bo, and congrats to you on surviving the teenage years πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  13. What a beautiful capture! I would love to see this scene. The mountains outside my window are partially obscured by buildings.

  14. Gandalf – Cherry trees grow in Door County where Lake Michigan moderates the temps.
    Richard – Thanks.
    ybonesy – You must be a Gemini, too…
    Thanks, Jules.
    jpt – I don’t think I remember life being twenty. That was a long time ago!
    Robin – Thanks. It is nice to see the beauty of the sun rising.
    man – You’re welcome sweetie.
    Thanks, Lori. Selfless? Mmm. Maybe…not.
    montucky – She had a very HB. Thank you.
    Mon@rch – She IS out enjoying herself.
    Norm – Champagne? Never heard that expression – I always have called then ‘golden’
    Bernie – Thanks, and yes, I’m kinda glad those teen years are over. Well, at least SOME of those minutes!
    Stevo – Ugh! Buildings in front of mountains. Sounds kinda crowded. Sorry.

  15. Beautiful color. Happy Birthday. 20 is great time.

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