‘Radical Red’ Lily

'Radical Red' Lily © 2010 Bo Mackison

Another day lily. Red. Very red. As they call it, ‘Radical Red’. One in a set of lily photographs titled “Hot Summer Lilies.” Photographed at the University of Wisconsin – Test Gardens.

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 a wonderful photo! The pistils and stamen are just perfect in this shot–the color so rich, no wonder it’s called Radical Red!

  2. Bo Mackison says:

    ‘Radical Red’ is just about perfect for that intense red, isn’t it?

  3. The name is perfect for it. I love the flood of red!

  4. The bold red and orange/yellow colors remind me of High School Marching Band uniform colors.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      You are so right, Preston. I remember lots of HS marching bands in red with yellow trim. Great recall!

  5. Beautiful shot. Love the texture and lines as well as the colors!

  6. That one really leaps off the computer screen. Very intense. Very interesting. Very nice.

  7. You’re torturing me. I just want to leap right into that flower and bask and bathe. Instead I am going to work. I will keep it in my heart. x

  8. I love red and yellow together!
    Bo: I want to answer the questions you posed on my blog photo “Weird Beauty”.
    I learned to use textures at flickr group Textures for Layers http://www.flickr.com/groups/textures4layers
    You must have a flickr account to join the group. If you go there, find their”Tutorials” under “Useful Links.” There are several easy to follow tutorials.
    I used the texture “meadows” which you can find on my flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34370937@N07/4858078874/?edited=1
    I believe I also modified the original image using the method described here: http://photogeneralist.com/?p=1066
    Hope this info helps.
    Please feel free to contact me.
    Anita 🙂

  9. Wow! Wonderful totally read lily and perspective!

  10. Haha, it’s the “scarlet letter” lily. But in a better way. It’s a very vibrant flower, expressive and almost like it has a past. Or my brain is overworking.. lol

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