Nodding Off

Pink Columbine

Wild Columbine

This showy wildflower is found in woodlands and the fringes of open spaces from late spring to mid-summer. It is pollinated by hummingbirds or moths which can reach deep into the cups of the flower. It is sometimes called a dove plant–when turned upside down some say the flower resembles a flock of doves in a circle.

Another of the many wildflowers I see at the Uniersity of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum. The arboretum is especially great because, even though it is huge, it is an urban park and easily accessible. Though it is not located on the University’s campus, it is an easy bike ride or walk, and the road is often crowded with runners and bicyclists. It ‘s also convenient to many of Madison’s public schools, and makes for a nice end-of-the-school-year field trip. When I was there yesterday, a group of about 80 second graders unloaded n front of the Nature Center. I watched in amusement as the adults tried to corral all the kids in one general area.

I now remember why schoolteacher never made it onto my possible careers list. I love being a mom of three, but I think a classroom full of kids would do me in!

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.

Comments

  1. fabulous title for this shot. the muted colors are so calming to view.

  2. fabulous title for this shot. the muted colors are so calming to view.

  3. I wish we had them here as wildflowers, but my wife raises some gorgeous ones in her greenhouse. Very nice photo!

  4. I wish we had them here as wildflowers, but my wife raises some gorgeous ones in her greenhouse. Very nice photo!

  5. Exquisite detail. Love the soft colors. ..and how the background flowers seem to float and melt away.

  6. Exquisite detail. Love the soft colors. ..and how the background flowers seem to float and melt away.

  7. Gandalf says:

    wonderful background – it makes the focused flower float

  8. Gandalf says:

    wonderful background – it makes the focused flower float

  9. Kevin Mullins says:

    It’s a great shot. You got the focus spot on on the flower head. Really nice capture.

  10. Kevin Mullins says:

    It’s a great shot. You got the focus spot on on the flower head. Really nice capture.

  11. Beautiful macro, the lighting is exquisite!

  12. Beautiful macro, the lighting is exquisite!

  13. The whole composition is so calming and soothing–the colors, the lighting, the focus. I could almost feel the flowers. Gorgeous!

  14. edvatza says:

    Very nicely done, Bo. I like the way these flowers hang. I also like how the dof works as you move back from flower to flower to flower. Background looks great too!

  15. Fantastic work Bo, these are one of my favorites and you conveyed their beauty well !!

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