Orchid Show

Orchid Show

Orchid Show © 2008 Bo Mackison

“The leaves were blackish green and the flower itself was glossy yellow, the yellow of a newly waxed taxi, and it was spattered with hundreds and hundreds of burgundy markings. Staring at the pattern … was dizzying. Staring at it for a long time was hypnotizing.” ~ Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief

Bolz Tropical Conservatory
Olbrich Gardens
Madison, WI

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. This image is striking. The flowers jump off the page as if in 3D. Very refreshing (even if there is no snow).

  2. rainmountain says:

    That’s gorgeous!!!

  3. What a beautiful shot! Very nice!

  4. Orchids are such wonderful plants – thanks for sharing your photo! It truly does justice to these blooms.

  5. Gorgeous! You really caught this perfectly. The intensity of the colors and the dizzying pattern make for a very ethereal photo!

  6. Such a stunning orchid! These are amazing flowers for sure!

  7. kinda scary-looking for valentine’s. i like it!

  8. jeanabaena says:

    beautiful – the colors pop from the black background. i love the triangle of flowers, especially the slightly out of focus one on the bottom.

  9. gandalf, nicole, montucky ~ thank you. I’m getting a better idea on these macros.

    jlb, jules, man@rch ~ orchids are wild – I never realized how intricate they are. Thanks.

    jpt ~ yeah, scary. Good day for it.

    jeana ~ thanks, I’m glad you are visiting.

  10. I think orchids are really amazing – they can look almost defensive. I love it.

  11. aullori ~ they do have that sense about them.

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