Purple Moth Orchids

Purple Orchids

Purple Moth Orchids © 2011 Bo Mackison

The orchids are in full bloom in the Bolz Conservatory at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. I went into this tropical paradise to escape the snow and cold, and ended up with some wonderful botanical subjects and I found a peaceful setting that calmed my racing heart, and my racing around as I get ready for my (half) a cross country trip.

One of the nicest things about living in Wisconsin. No matter what direction you go to explore the United States, a destination in the 48 contiguous states is never more than a half country away. No cross country trips for me!

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. Beautiful, Bo. 🙂

    That’s one of the reasons I like botanical gardens so much. When it’s cold and dry you can step inside to warm up and enjoy some humidity in the air. (Funny, but I don’t appreciate the humidity nearly as much during the summer months!)

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I love the tropical conservatory, too. My favorite place in Madison in winter, but even when it is really cold out, it can get too warm inside. I always make sure to wear light clothing, or I have to leave before I want.

      No, summer humidity just isn’t the same!

  2. During these frigid, gray wintery days visions of purple orchids can only make one glad to be alive. Thanks for sharing this vision with us – much needed for our souls!

  3. Joanne Keevers says:

    Your last three posts of orchid photos have been just beautiful, Bo. I do wish I had your photography skills! I must learn; it will take away the effort of having to simply memorise all of the beauty in the world!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Joanne. The orchids are great subjects, makes the photography lots of fun! Especially when I take time out and sit on one of the conservatory benches, just taking in the tropical scenes!

  4. Orchids are so gorgeous! Other than the wild ones that I find here in summer, the nearest orchids are in a botanical garden 500 miles away.

  5. Stacey Dawn says:

    These are incredibly beautiful!
    Terry – Montucky – told me to visit you…
    Glad I did!

  6. Beautiful subject. Warms up a bit of a snowy day.

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