Waving Brown Eyed Susan

Waving Sunflower © 2010 Bo Mackison

Autumn is fast approaching. Last week, Wisconsin had temperatures hovering in the low 90s. This week the thermometer is registering in the low 60s.

Suddenly I’ve discovered I don’t have to rush out of the house in the early mornings and late evenings to see what newest flowers are blooming in the many nearby gardens. The autumn flowers are blooming, even the purple asters which usually don’t bloom until October.

So this seems like an appropriate photo for the season. Yellows, rusts, browns – the palette of autumn. Sunflower 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. I love the colors in this! Very attractive image! We are having similar weather at the moment. The past few nights have been in the 30’s too.

  2. abstract sunflower=stunning!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I had some in perfect focus, and some toss aways in my fifty shots, but this one waving in the stiff breeze was my favorite.

  3. I love the feel of this image.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I’d love to know exactly what you think the feel of this photo is, Gandalf. Does it make YOU feel a certain way? Or does it evoke a certain feeling that you take away with you? Or another kind of feel?

  4. This is a wonderful representation of Autumn. I love the abstract quality of it as well as the colors and the softness. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I think if you had to put all of Autumn into one picture, this one would be it for me.

  5. It’s certainly is feeling like fall. Love your flower. Very abstract looking. Reminds me of flames.

  6. Beautiful flower in the way it is portrayed and definitely is just right for the changing of the seasons. I bet this will look great on a large canvas. 🙂

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