Life Cycle of New England Asters

Life Cycle of New England Asters

Asters Life Cycle © 2012 Bo Mackison

… in gardens, beauty is a by-product.
The main business is sex and death …
–  Sam Llewelyn,
The Sea Garden

Oh, that quote seems so appropriate for many of the botanical photographs I shoot.

I am either shooting the reproductive parts of flowers or I am shooting the flowers that are no longer beautiful flowers but on their way to brown and crispy, or the parts that are left standing to produce the next flowers, the seed heads. But the by-product of all those seeds and reproductive parts make for some pretty fine floral displays in the flowering seasons.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is catching up on photography work at the computer today, after a weekend of weddings and birthday celebrations.

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. Quite a quote! That may also be said for some in the animal kingdom too.

  2. Your aster photo looks very much like my aster plant–gorgeous flowers next to dead ones. Good job.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Asters do have that tendency, Anita — life and death on the same stalk. I have quite a collection of plants with different life cycles in them, they’re one of my challenge categories.

  3. I’m a nut for seed heads, as you know. And seeds. It’s the love of Autumn within me I think. I miss my New England asters. Thanks for feeding my need.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Debi, we are kindred souls. Loving seed heads and seeds and the Autumnal changes. Glad to send you photos to feed your Autumn hungers… 🙂

  4. I don’t know about anyone else, but I get this blog for the articles 🙂

  5. Great quote and image to go with it. And I had to laugh at Gandalf’s comment. 🙂

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Robin. I like to capture the life cycles of plants, loved the quote, too. 🙂
      Oh yes, and loved Gandalf’s comment! 😉

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