Late Summer Zinnia

Orange Zinnia

Late Summer Zinnia © 2011 Bo Mackison

Every single thing
Changes and is changing
Always in this world.
Yet with the same light
The moon goes on shining.
~ Saigyo

It is interesting to compare this zinnia with the same variety of orange zinnia photographed at the end of July when its petals were upright and the center had not yet developed. The last two nights Madison flirted with temperatures near 32˚ so perhaps our first near-frost of near-Autumn will have touched these flowers, and they will have changed even more.

And just as flowers and all of nature continually change, we too experience constant change. It isn’t true that the only things in life that are certainties are taxes and death (source: Benjamin Franklin.)

Change is a certainty, too.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She will be heading to Highwood Last Call Art Fair in Highwood, Illinois (north Chicago suburb) later this afternoon. Most artists, me included, are featuring close outs and special discounts to mark the end of the season.

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. Beautiful photo Bo!

    We are feeling a touch of fall now too and I am enjoying it!

  2. Indeed about the zinnia and change… well expressed. Lovely perspective capture!

  3. Indeed, indeed. Autumn is just around the corner. We are beginning to feel it here in the South, and I’m loving it. My favorite time of the year. My zinnias were all dug up by squirrels doing whatever squirrels do in a flowerpot, but babies are trying to pop up. They’d better hurry!!! Love the red zinnia!

  4. Such gorgeous color for September!! And – yes – there is something distinctly different about the remaining autumn blooms!!!

  5. Ah! Beautiful Zinnia.

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