Rainbow Water Lily

Water Lily at Olbrich Botanical Garden

Rainbow Water Lily © 2012 Bo Mackison

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature.
It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.
–   Henry David Thoreau

I was entranced when I looked closely at this water-lily. Never have I seen so many separate colors in one lily. From the center, moving outward — yellow, red-orange, orange, red, magenta and green. Almost like a rainbow lily. Such a beauty!


 Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is taking an August break from writing long blog posts, but she is still busy with her photography.

Bo will be at the Agora Art Fair in Fitchburg, Wisconsin (Madison area) on Saturday, August 18. Stop by if you’re in the area and say hello!

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 has to be one of the most beautiful water lilies I’ve ever seen. Entrancing..enchanting – for sure!

  2. Stunning.

  3. i love the symmetry in the flower.

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