Variations on Lily Pads

Lily Pads after Thunderstorm at Allen Centennial Gardens at UW Madison

Variations on Lily Pads © 2010 Bo Mackison

“No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.” ~~ Taoist Proverb

I stopped by the garden pond shortly after a storm had moved through the area. The water was still, but the lily pads were still spotted with rain drops. I never realized how many different colors the lily pads turn, as autumn draws near. Photographed at Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin.

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. The variety of colors is interesting, as well as the shapes and sizes. They look as though the were placed on a mirror.

  2. A wonderful interplay of reflection, light and form.

  3. I like the variety of colors. I didn’t realize they changed color in the autumn, either.

  4. Beautiful in the reflections and colors! 🙂

  5. Lovely composition. And, love the colors.

  6. Beautiful shot, Bo! I will be mailing your card packages outing the next day or so. Haven’t forgotten about it!

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