Monarch Butterfly on Lilac Bush

Monarch and Lilac Flowers

Monarch and Lilac Flowers © 2012 Bo Mackison

Every man takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

As I was working in my new office set-up – my screened in porch off the back of my house, plus a Bistro table that I can either sit at or stand at while using my computer or writing – I looked up and saw several Monarchs fluttering around the Lilac bush only a few feet from where I was working. I had earlier been enjoying the fragrance of the Lilac, a French hybrid, deep purple Lilac that Sherpa and I planted on our 25th wedding anniversary in 2001. I stopped my work, readied my camera, and went out a took a few dozen photos.

But when I opened my computer to fetch the files I had downloaded this morning, the photos were nowhere to be found. I’ve been having problems with some of my storage drives, and I have my main external hard drive at the computer magician’s place at this very moment. He just moments ago informed me that most of my files are intact and retrievable. I’m missing 9 Gigabytes of data, and I’m not sure what those specific files were yet. But since the computer magician recovered nearly 300 Gigabytes of photo files, I am more than happy. (I do have another back-up, but it is inconveniently in Arizona at this moment. Poor planning on my part.)

Now back to the lovely purple lilac photo. Well, the above photo is not of my Lilac. This photo is of a bush I photographed at the Allen Centennial Gardens on the University of Wisconsin’s main campus a few days ago. It will have to stand in for the other photograph for now.

Once the thunderstorm that is directly above my house moves east, I’ll see if I can take another photograph of another Monarch on my Lilac.

Maybe, maybe not…


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.

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. Wendy B Burton says:

    So beautiful Bo. Unfortunate about the computer problems. Hoping you are able to have a full retrieval of your pictures.
    Angel blessings. Almost forgot to say how much I love your pink tulip.

  2. Even though this is not your Lilac, the photo is lovely. Tough about computer problems. So discouraging to lose files!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Anita. This lilac was a good stand-in, especially while I was dealing with computer glitches.

  3. Gandalf says:

    I wouldn’t have known the difference if you hadn’t told.

  4. Joanne Keevers says:

    It’s a beautiful photo Bo, even though it isn’t your lilac. Your new office space sounds fabulous, by the way. You may find yourself with many more photo opportunities when sitting on the porch. 🙂

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Well, if you like photos of bunnies eating my coral bells and other flowers, I can provide quite a few backyard photos. LOL!

  5. Would love that office space–standing is so much better than sitting anyway. And that monarch–those colors are so beautiful!

  6. Beautiful combination!

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