Three Cosmos

Three Cosmos

Three Cosmos © 2011 Bo Mackison

One looks, looks long, and the world comes in. ~ Joseph Campbell

Cosmos were originally grown in Mexico and South America.

It was common for priests to grow them in their mission gardens because it was a reliable and easily tended flower. Cosmos have even petals around a crowned center, and so the priests called the flowers “Cosmos”, Greek for harmony or an ordered universe.

I love the idea that cosmos is named for its orderliness, and that such as wondrous word — cosmos — means something as simple as orderly.

I also love that a field of cosmos is anything but orderly. The many-colored flowers – hues of white, light and dark pinks, and reds – grow on very long stems. In a breeze, cosmos tumble and tangle together. I think a meadow of cosmos, swaying in a light wind, is one of the most inspiring scenes imaginable.

Plus it is almost impossible not to smile when watching the cosmos’ wave at me!

I think a waving field of cosmos is one of the prettiest late summer happenings!

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. They sure are pretty! I can only imagine how a meadow of them might look!

  2. Joanna Paterson says:

    Oh thanks for explaining the origin of the name Bo – I googled it (in vain) after your post yesterday because I was wondering if that was the root – the flower photo you posted certainly talked to me of an ordered universe!

  3. a wave brings a smile to me too Bo, love the photo and words

  4. You are right about Cosmos not being orderly. Mine didn’t do well this year, so it is a pleasure to see yours.

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