Shasta Daisies, Desaturated


Daisies, Desaturated © 2010 Bo Mackison

After those photographs of that shockingly bright red zinnia, I thought I would offer a little eye relief. Here is a stand of daisies I photographed from my backyard garden, using a de-saturation technique to decrease the color tones and force focus on the shapes of the flowers.

The Shasta daisies in this perennial patch have bloomed in record times and have grown to record heights. Daisies always bring a smile to my face. I’m reminded of the fake plastic daisy plants of the 70s – the ones that had happy faces painted on them and danced in their plastic psychedelic pots when the battery was switched on.

Anyone remember what tune those potted daisies always seemed to play? (Obviously not “Tip Toe through the Tulips!”)

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. I don’t remember the plastic potted daisy tunes, but I do love your rendering of the daisies in your yard. The details, shadows, lines and textures just pop.

  2. These desaturation photos are so fascinating. They prove that the eye does not need a lot of color to understand or register beauty. I love the seemingly black-and-white effect. Lovely! I don’t remember the plastic potted daisies, but I’d guess they’d sing “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. . .” No idea what the name was.

  3. Beautiful image Bo, love the conversion, that might have actually just been a bit before my time..just a bit 😉

  4. I love Shasta daisies and the desaturation suits the image well. I haven’t tried desaturation in a long while and it does appeal!

  5. I love daisies anyway, but these are really nice. The desaturation looks very nice on them!

  6. Love the softness here…especially in so and as much as you’ve desaturated. Beautiful!!!

  7. I’ve enjoyed the other botanicals that you’ve desaturated. It really shifts the focus to the form and shape.

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