Kaufmanniana Tulip

Kaufmanniana Tulip with Mottled Leaves at Allen Centennial Garden, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kaufmanniana Tulip © 2011 Bo Mackison

One of the earliest tulips to bloom is the Kaufmanniana Tulip. Due to its diminutive size–maybe 6 inches high–it is frequently planted in rock gardens. This tulip, one of the first in bloom in the garden, was photographed at Allen Centennial Park on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Focus on Leaves, Mottled Leaves of Kaufmanniana Tulip at Allen Centennial Garden, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Focus on Leaves © 2011 Bo Mackison

I found the mottled markings on the leaves almost as interesting as the flowers, but due to a cloud burst, I curtailed my photo session. Just didn’t feel like getting drenched without warm clothes available and the temperatures were dropping to the lower 40s. [Reminder to self: put rain clothes in back of car.]

When the sun makes an appearance, I’m going back to capture some tulip leaf photographs. Or after I buy a sturdy pair of rain boots!


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. Bo is back in Wisconsin after spending the first part of 2011 in Arizona. She is watching as Spring tiptoes into Wisconsin.

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. Very pretty variety of tulip!

  2. What a beautiful promise of Spring! No matter how hard winter wants to stay, the tulips pry its fingers off the land and welcome the sun and better weather.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Ah, Quinn–all one has to do is look carefully, and there are signs of spring everywhere. Spring can no longer hide!

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