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May 20, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Nodding Off

Pink Columbine

Wild Columbine

This showy wildflower is found in woodlands and the fringes of open spaces from late spring to mid-summer. It is pollinated by hummingbirds or moths which can reach deep into the cups of the flower. It is sometimes called a dove plant–when turned upside down some say the flower resembles a flock of doves in a circle.

Another of the many wildflowers I see at the Uniersity of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum. The arboretum is especially great because, even though it is huge, it is an urban park and easily accessible. Though it is not located on the University’s campus, it is an easy bike ride or walk, and the road is often crowded with runners and bicyclists. It ‘s also convenient to many of Madison’s public schools, and makes for a nice end-of-the-school-year field trip. When I was there yesterday, a group of about 80 second graders unloaded n front of the Nature Center. I watched in amusement as the adults tried to corral all the kids in one general area.

I now remember why schoolteacher never made it onto my possible careers list. I love being a mom of three, but I think a classroom full of kids would do me in!


  1. oneshotbeyond / May 20 2009 12:52 pm

    fabulous title for this shot. the muted colors are so calming to view.

  2. montucky / May 20 2009 10:53 pm

    I wish we had them here as wildflowers, but my wife raises some gorgeous ones in her greenhouse. Very nice photo!

  3. Marcie / May 21 2009 6:18 am

    Exquisite detail. Love the soft colors. ..and how the background flowers seem to float and melt away.

  4. Gandalf / May 21 2009 7:59 am

    wonderful background – it makes the focused flower float

  5. Kevin Mullins / May 21 2009 1:09 pm

    It’s a great shot. You got the focus spot on on the flower head. Really nice capture.

  6. bookbabie / May 21 2009 2:10 pm

    Beautiful macro, the lighting is exquisite!

  7. quinncreative / May 21 2009 10:55 pm

    The whole composition is so calming and soothing–the colors, the lighting, the focus. I could almost feel the flowers. Gorgeous!

  8. edvatza / May 22 2009 8:01 pm

    Very nicely done, Bo. I like the way these flowers hang. I also like how the dof works as you move back from flower to flower to flower. Background looks great too!

  9. Bernie Kasper / May 25 2009 2:48 pm

    Fantastic work Bo, these are one of my favorites and you conveyed their beauty well !!

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