Jack’s Back

Jack in the Pulpit © 2010 Bo Mackison

Jack in the Pulpit © 2010 Bo Mackison

Spring is for real when I can walk in the woodlands and see the first wildflowers in abundance. Today on my Sunday hike I counted thousands of trout lilies, a few buttercups, and hundreds of patches of sweet violets, Confederate violets and white violets. I only saw one Jack in the Pulpit. It’s a bit early for the Jacks, but they’ll be covering the woodland floor in another week.

I love these early spring wildflowers.

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. When I saw just your title I wondered what it would be. I’ve never seen one of those and I’ve always wanted to. They just don’t get this far west but I always watch for them anyway.

  2. Anna Surface says:

    I haven’t walked in the woodlands yet to check for the wildflowers. The early spring wildflowers are a pleasure to see; especially the violets. I haven’t seen a Jack in the Pulpit.

  3. They are so beautiful..and a little more of a rarity than something you see everyday. Wonderful image!!!

  4. Ooo…makes me homesick for my favorite wildflower area, Giant City State Park. I haven’t found just the right spot here in Nashville yet, but I will.

  5. One of my favs (my big fav are Trillium – any yet?)

  6. Never had the pleasure of seeing one of these lovelies in the wild – only in our Botanical Garden! This is quite a photo!

  7. Sounds like quite a delightful hike, seeing all of that beauty. And you’ve captured such a lovely and rare discovery in this shot.

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