Hummer Portrait – Costa’s Hummingbird

Hummer © 2014 Bo Mackison

Hummer © 2014 Bo Mackison

“The worst is not death but being blind, blind to the fact that everything about life is in the nature of the miraculous. The language of society is conformity; the language of the creative individual is freedom. Life will continue to be a hell as long as people who make up the world shut their eyes to reality.”

~ Henry Miller, Stand Still Like the Hummingbird

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. Oh!!! My good heavens! This is an incredible image, Bo. One of the most beautiful hummingbird photographs I have ever seen in my life. This is magazine-worthy. Should be on the cover of Audubon Magazine. I am so serious. Outstanding!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Wouldn;t it be a lovely photo for a magazine cover — all that open space, and that beauty of this tiny bird! Thanks.

  2. Astonishingly beautiful. I feel like a bell is ringing in me, looking at this wild beauty. Bo! You are participating in a great magic!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thank you, Kate. He was one marvelous hummer, so beautiful, so graceful, so intent on being who he is… if that makes sense!

  3. Gandalf says:

    Pretty cool. How did you get a hummingbird to stand still.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      He spent most of the time zipping about, then he took a few moments to rest, and I was soooo ready!

  4. Stunning photo of such an amazingly beautiful bird Bo! That dazzling iridescent purple is something else, and the softest of green backdrop to the photo is perfect.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Jane. Isn;t his color just amazing, and the sun glinting off the iridescence, flickering and flashing — more amazing!

  5. Bo, I meant to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed your Gifts of the Desert e-course and I am spending some special time taking it all in and trying to put your thoughts into practice. Thank you so much! Jane.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Oh Jane, thank you for letting me know. I am so happy that the Desert Gifts were meaningful for you.

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