Twirling in Blues

Blue Lupine at North Cascades National Park in Washington

Twirling in Blues © 2010 Bo Mackison

A blue lupine, so much detail to see in a flower when you stop and really look. I didn’t know blue lupines had all those sumptious shades of purplish blues. I didn’t know they had rows and rows of tiny blossoms, twisting up and down the stem. Photographed in late June is North Cascades National Park in Washington state.

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. It looks as if you twisted the stem like a rubber band and then let go. Very nic.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      No flowers were hurt in the making of this photograph! 🙂 And I promise it didn’t twist, just took advantage of what grows naturally!

  2. Hi, Bo 🙂

    Long time! It looks like you’re still doing wonderfully beautiful work here.

    Ohhh, these are lovely flowers! Almost like a gathering of little sweetpeas!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Hi, Grace, nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for visiting again. I’ll come say hello when I get a breather!

  3. Isn’t it wonderful what the camera lets us see!

  4. I agree with Grace–they DO look like teeny sweet peas. And now I understand how come they are called “blue bonnets” –that’s also what they look like. What a lovely, rich photograph!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Little sweet peas. Little blue bonnets. Love it when a photograph inspires people to say such lovely words about a simple flower. These are a real beauty of a flower, for sure.

  5. Such exquisite detail. The dof really makes it special!!

  6. I love this one. The colors are beautiful and the detail is amazing.

  7. I especially like the DoF you have selected for this image. It allows us to enjoy the detail while presenting the lupine in an artist manner.

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