Poppy Sunset

Abstract Macro of Poppy Flower

Poppy Sunset © 2010 Bo Mackison

Just before crossing the border from Washington state into British Columbia, Canada, we stopped fora short break at the International Border Park. The park had a small sculpture garden and quite a few beds of flowers including one with a huge stand of blooming poppies. I took a few photographs before getting back in the car and joining the stream of cars heading through customs.

Today I worked with several of the poppy images, including this macro shot of a poppy interior. When I desaturated the colors, the photograph of the poppy  reminded me of the sunset I had just watched through my studio window.

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 is cool work, Bo! What color was the poppy originally? I’ve only seen red ones, so I’m not sure if they come in gold. Doesn’t matter, I find it wonderful that you are making abstracts.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Quinn, the poppy was red. While I was desaturating the photo using LightRoom, I sucked away the color until I discovered this golden poppy with turquoise stamens. I loved the colors.

  2. Stunning colors and effect. Who’d of ever thought the desaturation would create such beauty!!!

  3. Gandalf says:

    Sweeeeet!!!! I love the image.

  4. Love the effect you have achieved through desaturation.

  5. This made me think of the Wizard of Oz in name only. It does look like a sunset, and might I add, a one-of-a-kind sunset. Hehe.

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