‘Queen Charlotte’ Anemone

Queen, Center Stage © 2010 Bo Mackison

This simple purple flower, a Japanese anemone, is formally known as ‘Queen Charlotte’. I was attracted to this particular flower because two of the yellow stamens have bent towards the center of the flower. With a little imagination, I can see a little butterfly kiss. This flower is also called a windflower.

Photographed at Allen Centennial Gardens on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.

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. What gorgeousness. Love that little surprise of the “butterfly kiss!”

  2. Beautiful image. Great colors.

  3. Lovely image, especially with the “butterfly kiss.”

  4. Ah, the magnificence of simplicity done well!

  5. Exquisite beauty!! Love the detail and colors!!!

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