07.23.2019 Water-lilies

Earlier this summer, Moosehorn Pond was water-less.  A good guess is that one of the beaver dams breached and it took a while for the engineering crew to stop up the leak.  The pond is now close to full again and the water lilies are looking good.  Earlier this year I found a one very interesting flower in the shallow water there but now that the water is deeper the pond is covered with them

I got there a little late after shooting the rattlesnake plantain closeup, but the sun wasn’t so strong as to kill the contrast.

And these almost twins

The frogs were croaking like crazy.  They must have been quite relieved once the dam was repaired.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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32 Responses to 07.23.2019 Water-lilies

  1. Leya says:

    Love these against the dark waters – and feel good about the frogs!

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  2. The 2nd shot with two colors holding hands is lovely, but that first one, floating in space, is really wonderful.

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    • Although the light was strong in both cases, I liked the way the light hit the pads. Ordinarily that left pad would not make for a strong composition, drawing the eye away from the flower, but I liked the idea of it’s inclusion. Hopefully the eye wanders and returns.

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  3. Like botanical hydrological fireworks. Gorgeous against black.

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  4. Pete Hillman says:

    Lovely photos Steve. Stunning colours.

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  5. We saw a few of Monet’s water lilies at the Dayton Art Institute on Sunday.

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    • Nice. We’ve seen a few exhibits of his work, including the water-lilies at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA.


  6. Ms. Liz says:

    The “twins” make me think of pink-and-white coconut ice 🙂

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    Gorgeous water-lilies! They look absolutely perfect. 🙂

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  8. shoreacres says:

    My favorite detail is the reflection of the lily in the first photo. That lily is a delicious color: a bit more salmon than pink, which makes it even more appealing to me. I was surprised to see the pink and white together in the second photo. I’m so accustomed to seeing only white, I forget that they come in other colors. Is the pink native, too?

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    • Yes, the pink is a variant of the native white water-lily. In this pond I have seen a few pairs with each one of the two colors but this was one of the cleaner compositions I’ve been able to find.
      I was well aware of the reflection and made sure to capture as much as I could and am very glad you noted and enjoyed it. The light was a bit stronger than I usually prefer but it worked and made the reflection all the stronger.

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    • Grrr…
      I don’t know why WP is not allowing the link insert so here it is for the Native Plant Trust page for the white water-lily.
      When I checked the edit page for my comment, instead of the link insert it had “no follow”. Confusing.

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      • shoreacres says:

        Well, well… I just realized that the lily on my blog isn’t N. odorata. I think it’s N. elegans, the tropical, or blue water lily. These lilies of yours float on the water — mine extends above the water on a slender peduncle. I should have noticed that. I did see the blue tinge in mine, and the field guide says the flowers are blue, but fade to white as they age. Other photos I have show mine as quite blue.

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      • I love that word…peduncle. It rhymes with carbuncle which I also love. Don’t ask me why though.
        Sometimes I capture the underwater peduncle in an image and at first glance thought that was what I was looking at in your image, then I realized it stood above, not under. I’ve not seen a blue water-lily except when there is a lot of blue light reflected and I usually have corrected that.

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    The photos are stunningly beautiful, Steve, and the backstory you added makes it even better. 🙂

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  10. Noellie says:

    beautiful shots. Beavers can do damage with their amazing skills https://noelliesplace.com/2019/08/28/beaver-dam-road/

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