Wild Columbine

Wild Columbine

Wild Columbine

Skirting the rocks at the forest edge
With a running flame from ledge to ledge,
Or swaying deeper in shadowy glooms,
A smoldering fire in her dusky blooms;
Bronzed and molded by wind and sun,
Maddening, gladdening every one
With a gypsy beauty full and fine —
Health to the crimson columbine!

~ Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863 – 1953)

Still working on a set of photographs I took in our back yard gardens. The Columbine is one of the easiest plants to grow, and I think one of the most beautiful. Like a fairy’s cap or a tiny lit lantern or maybe even an aerialist mid-air.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. Bo spends a good part of her day in the gardens in and near Madison, talking to the flowers!

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. very beautiful image Bo

  2. Turk’s Cap floating in mid-air. Very nice.

  3. I especially like the poem. New to me.

  4. Love the poem…love the image. Other-wordly beauty!

  5. The poem and image are wonderful.

    As you know, I fell in love with the columbine this year. Interesting to hear it’s easy to grow as I could not get mine to grow at all. I started with seeds. I may try plants next year.

  6. Columbine is a biennial–every other year flowers. Bet yours dropped seed and will come up again, much stronger, next year.

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