Water lilies and dragonflies

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kamalyn on July 27, 2007

I like this take on water lilies! It can be viewed in so many different ways. It's interesting how the leaves radiate out from the center - like fireworks or a flower, and when you get to the center, there are the little prizes of the flower, the reflection, or the bud with the dragon fly! And then you can focus on the reflections and see one world, or focus on the underwater stems and see something else... Very nice shot!

Ryan Calhoun on July 27, 2007

Thanks, kamaly! This little pond is the centerpiece of a flower garden. Unfortunately most of the flowers were wilting, but the lily pond was still very nice. I saw the dragon fly on the bud when I took the shot, but when I got home I saw two more!

©junebug on July 28, 2007

Great shot, Ryan - a yellow star from me!:)

Ryan Calhoun on July 29, 2007

Thanks Anne! I'm happy you like it :-)

Chip Stephan on August 4, 2007

Are the leaves worshiping the flower that has sprung up in their midst? They look like a very appreciative audience for whatever it's communicating. Great shot, Ryan.

Ryan Calhoun on August 4, 2007

Thanks, Chip. Other plants in this pond didn't radiate out in nearly as good a circle as this one. I guess these leaves are the nice ones...the others get distracted too easily.

Josep Maria Alegre on August 4, 2007

This is a very nice shot, Ryan. Congrats.

Epi F.Villanueva on August 5, 2007

Hola Ryan

Es una foto magnifica Saludos from Spain Epi

Ryan Calhoun on August 5, 2007

Muchas gracias, Epi. Saludos desde los Estados Unidos!

Ryan Calhoun on August 5, 2007

...and thanks to Josep as well!

Margrit M. Berger (S… on August 13, 2007

Good shot Ryan! I love this picture and added it to my favourites. :-)

Ryan Calhoun on August 13, 2007

Thanks, May!

Lilypon on September 15, 2007

Tropical waterlilies!!!!!!!!!! :D Oh what I'd give to grow them well here!

Lilypon on September 15, 2007

That one I'm pretty sure is Panama Pacific. It is one of the hardier tropicals and one I grew a couple of years ago (but I sure didn't get the blooms one would get in a warmer climate).

Ryan Calhoun on September 15, 2007

That makes sense, why it survived the summer so well when most other plants were wilting. I wonder what the gardens have to do over winter? Without help, this lily pond will easily freeze. Perhaps the plants are replaced each Spring. Thanks, Pam!

Lilypon on September 16, 2007

Ryan I don't know what they do there but the tropical water lily has a tuber that can be lifted and stored in damp sand over the winter. In that vein the hardy water lily has a rhizome that can also be stored (which happens in zones, like mine, where the pond freezes into a solid giant ice cube).

Ryan Calhoun on September 16, 2007

Interesting to know, Pam. Being landlocked as I am, the only water plant I'm familiar with is algae. Our ponds freeze over winter, but usually just the surface. Last winter we were frozen solid for two months, and the ice got unusually thick. But still no truckers trying to shortcut across any lakes!

Lilypon on September 16, 2007

LOLOL I must admit we do have a number of ice roads here. ;) Though two years ago even our northern lakes didn't freeze and the natives there were in dire straights....the army had to fly in fuel, food and supplies to them.

Mara Rodriguez on January 25, 2008

My favorite flower :D


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