One Phlox and Many

One Phlox and Many © 2010 Bo Mackison

One Phlox and Many © 2010 Bo Mackison

One bright eyed magenta phlox stands out amidst all the other striped flowers.

Ever feel like you’re not fitting in with the crowd? That you see things a bit differently, and that you think that’s a good thing?

Perhaps this is another one of those metaphorical self portraits…

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. The contrast the single blossom provides makes all the others even more beautiful.

  2. This reminds me of the “ugly” duckling… love how there is just one that stands out among the crowd! We have some flowers like that here – I’m going to have to go see if there is one little oddball among them! ;o)

  3. Absolutely exquisite!! Love how you’ve captured the single misfit in the crowd!!!

  4. The odd duck really jumps out at you – almost floating.

  5. Lovely metaphor and photograph.

  6. Hmmm, “misfit,” “odd duck,” “oddball,” that says a lot about how we see ourselves fitting in with others–or not fitting in, which seems to be much worse. I’m with Montucky on this–the contrast makes the photo all the more beautiful. It’s not “either this or that” it’s “composition with contrast.”

  7. Anna Surface says:

    I like ‘stand-outs’ in nature be it a flower or weed or tree. I like this magenta phlox that stands out among the striped phlox. Lovely. Enjoyed very much what you expressed. Indeed.

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