Pink Queen Anne’s Lace – August’s Photo-Heart Connection

Pink Queen Anne's Lace

Pink Queen Anne’s Lace ©2012 Bo Mackison

In the right light,
at the right time,
everything is extraordinary.
~ Aaron Rice

When asked the question “What kind of photographs do you take?” I usually respond with the same answer.

“Mostly macro-botanicals,” I reply.

When I get a questioning look, I explain further. “Close-ups of flowers and plants.”

And macro-botanical photographs are what I mostly exhibit at Art Festivals. As patrons enter my show booth, they tell me they feel as if they are entering a huge flower garden. There are that many large macro-photographs of flowers hanging on the walls.

I spend lots of time photographing flowers, too. Each week I spend three or four days visiting and taking photographs in the botanical and horticultural gardens near my home. When I travel, I search for the locations of the nearest gardens and I try to schedule time for a visit. Yes, I photograph macro-botanicals!

So you would think when it is time for me to choose a Photo-Heart Connection photograph at the beginning of each month, I would naturally pick a macro-botanical. Not so. Today I realized that this is the first time in 2012 that I have picked a flower photo.

So. Why did I choose this photograph of Queen Anne’s Lace? I loved the colors. It is unusual to see Queen Anne’s Lace this color — they are usually white with perhaps a touch of pink. But this small stand of QAL was bright pink. And I loved how the rising sun shone on this roadside weed and turned it into a glowing, dew-drenched beauty. And I loved that I took this photo while I was on a long weekend with my husband in one of our favorite places in Wisconsin – Door County, a peninsula that juts out into the waters of Lake Michigan.

Three good reasons. Color. Light. Memories. Perfect for August’s photo-heart connection.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. During the first week of each month, she re-visits photographs she’s taken the previous month, searching for that month’s photo-heart-connection photo. Bo is always quite thrilled when that special photograph finds her.
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. Joanne Keevers says:

    I’ve seen photos of Queen Anne’s Lace in white before, but not the pink. Isn’t it unusual? So beautiful, and its name suits the flower perfectly. 🙂

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I’ve seen QAL with a touch of pink, but those are usually real mature ones. Never like this — what a treat!

  2. I’ve never seen Queen Anne’s Lace in anything but white, and didn’t even know it came in any other color. This is just beautiful, and your three reasons are perfect ones for picking a photo-heart connection.

  3. Beautiful!

    I’ve been so intrigued by your choices of photo heart connection – they reveal so many different aspects of your heart and eye. Thanks for sharing.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Your comment had me thinking over my past entries. i went back and made a category for Photo Heart connections — and was I surprised. So much variety. i had no idea.

  4. I love the photo, but it looks like the flower was very large. You couldn’t fit it all in the frame. 🙂

  5. Beautifully done! I love every water jewel you’ve captured in the image!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      It was a very moist morning – near Lake Michigan plus there were thunderstorms the day before. Lots of glistening on the various plants!

  6. Beautiful. I’ve never seen it in pink before and the light and dew on it are just lovely. Loved reading your connection too.

  7. Pink? Hmmm. I’ve never seen that. I’m always so inclined to capture the entire blossom, I like how you’ve framed this shot. Beautiful light too.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Susan. I was in a ditch on the side of a country road, so I ended up in some awkward positions to get the photos I wanted. Lucky for me, my husband was playing traffic cop with my safety in mind!

  8. The pink is most unusual, and is heightened by the warm light.

  9. This is really beautiful, Bo. 🙂

  10. thank you for sharing this beauty

  11. Perfect indeed, this is a wonderful photo-heart connection and an amazing photo

  12. I bet it felt good to challenge yourself to pick one out of your norm. beautifully captured. You are right about this photo heart connection does make us think about what we captured in that moment besides the prettiness.

  13. I love how you write this, “Color. Light. Memories. Perfect for August’s photo-heart connection.” Yes! It is interesting that this is the first macro-botanical you’ve chosen, but it’s a gorgeous one and I feel the meaning behind it for you. So glad to have it in the Photo-Heart connection this month!

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