Water lily enchantment

The first night of October, with the sun setting, and a delicious foggy darkness falling, we lined up to visit the Bergius Botanical Gardens for their first ever night-time event!

To escape the crowds, we took our torches to the Victoria Greenhouse, where the biggest, most magical, lily pads you’ve ever seen were floating in candlelight.

The Giant Water Lily (Victoria amazonica) is an amazing 8 metres in diameter. It blossoms only for two nights – the first night with white petals; the second in soft pink.

The circular greenhouse – built specially to house the enormous round lily pads – was bathed only in candlelight and the flicker of visitors’ torches.

Water lilies seemed to float in the air, glowing like pearls.

And humble leaves, seeing their lovely reflections in the water,

Gasped in amazement at their transformation into art.

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81 responses

  1. –Lady, Fi,
    Poetry. Magic. God on Earth. xx

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    October 31, 2011 at 13:56

  2. What a wonderful, magical experience!

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    October 31, 2011 at 14:07

  3. A magical experience indeed! So colorful and beautiful! Terrific captures as always! Hope you have a wonderful evening!

    Sylvia

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    October 31, 2011 at 14:28

  4. Wow.. enchanting for sure. What a great experience and thank you for sharing it with us.

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    October 31, 2011 at 14:35

  5. That sounds like a magical evening. I wouldn’t have wanted it to end. That moon sky is beautiful.

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    October 31, 2011 at 14:56

  6. Girl, you’ve left me gaspin’ for breath here!!! What a magnificent capture of such a rare event…by torch light no less.

    You take my breath away again and again!!!

    God bless and have a marvelous Halloween Day sweetie !!!! :o)

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    October 31, 2011 at 15:05

  7. Thank you for taking us with you ladyFi 🙂

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    October 31, 2011 at 15:20

  8. Wow! Those leaves! Great pictures.

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    October 31, 2011 at 16:04

  9. I wait for your posts as it transcend me to another world. Love the second shot and the words. 🙂

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    October 31, 2011 at 16:15

  10. what an amazing, magical experience that must have been. thanks for beautifully capturing a few of those moments and sharing them here with us. isn’t it amazing that the first day they bloom in white, and on the second day their bloom takes on a blush? happy day to you Fiona.

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    October 31, 2011 at 16:17

  11. That must have been an incredible experience! I love the last shot, with the candlelight showing both the leaves and their reflections!

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    October 31, 2011 at 16:22

  12. I really like the details in the water lily photos! Very pretty!

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    October 31, 2011 at 17:11

  13. Magical!

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    October 31, 2011 at 18:21

  14. LadyFi: Love your captures, these are really special. I love the sunset.

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    October 31, 2011 at 18:32

  15. Those water lilies are amazing. I can understand why the event was magical since your photographs captured both the beauty and the magic.

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    October 31, 2011 at 19:29

  16. It must have been a really magical evening!

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    October 31, 2011 at 19:32

  17. So amazing! Wow. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    October 31, 2011 at 19:39

  18. Gorgeous shots from your beautiful world.

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    October 31, 2011 at 20:00

  19. wow these are magnificient….that last shot is art…and that tangerine sky is amazing…

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    October 31, 2011 at 20:00

  20. What a rare thing to witness and take pictures of! What a special evening that was! Thanks for sharing it!!

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    October 31, 2011 at 20:02

  21. Wonderful shots of water lily. The last one is amazing.

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    October 31, 2011 at 20:26

  22. A very good picture, I like those water lilies.

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    October 31, 2011 at 20:56

  23. Why have I always thought that these flower only once every hundred years?
    Somebody must have told me a fib.
    Amazing to see these pads that a child could stand on.

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    October 31, 2011 at 21:09

  24. Jim

    Oh my goodness! This has got to be the finest photography I have seen in a long time! Nice work.

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    October 31, 2011 at 22:07

  25. Wow, I have never seen any that big! How amazing that you were able to go and see that. Great photos!

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    October 31, 2011 at 22:25

  26. Monsters! (Is the pie dish there for feeding something?)

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    October 31, 2011 at 22:30

    • The pie dishes had the little tea lights in them.

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      November 1, 2011 at 05:52

  27. Wonderful capture of an enchanting evening. Those are some lily pads. The lily flowers reminded me of the night blooming cereus. It’s a cactus that its flowers only bloom at night for a couple of days.

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    October 31, 2011 at 23:11

  28. Very interesting and almost unbelievable!

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    October 31, 2011 at 23:19

  29. imac

    Most amazing sight my friend, and so wonderfully captured.

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    November 1, 2011 at 00:08

  30. What a magnificent event to experience!

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    November 1, 2011 at 00:21

  31. Amazing!

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    November 1, 2011 at 01:25

  32. The pictures and the description of the event just comes to life on my computer screen. There is an eerie and mystical quality with the lighting in the photos that really adds to the effect of this piece. Another outstanding post.

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    November 1, 2011 at 02:31

  33. Thank you for that truly beautiful gift.

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    November 1, 2011 at 02:52

  34. The detail that you manage to capture with your camera is amazing. I love imagining walking on the water lily pads.

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    November 1, 2011 at 04:16

  35. Perfectly enchanting – the night sky and the amazing pads and the beautiful blooms. I’ve seen these pads (without blooms) in Denver Botanic Garden – they reminded me of large floating trays. Fantastical!

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    November 1, 2011 at 04:40

  36. Small children can sit on the pad of Victoria Amazonica. The reflections in the close-ups create magical atmosphere. Love the Halloween colored sky. Nice shots!

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    November 1, 2011 at 05:29

  37. What a magical night – candle light and these amazing Victoria Amazonica lillies with teir refection on mirror like water – your photos are just gorgeous!

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    November 1, 2011 at 06:05

  38. beautiful!

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    November 1, 2011 at 06:06

  39. Spectacular!

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    November 1, 2011 at 06:49

  40. Those lily pads must have looked so magical by candlelight! Sounds like an awesome Autumn evening experience! Beautiful photos!

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    November 1, 2011 at 08:17

  41. Got me transported to another world….fantastic, magical images!

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    November 1, 2011 at 08:30

  42. That must have been breathtaking !

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    November 1, 2011 at 08:50

  43. To glimpse these gigantic lily pads even for a moment would be awe-inspiring, indeed. How wonderful that someone thought to showcase this lovely expression of nature at night under candlelight.

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    November 1, 2011 at 09:32

  44. What a lovely night! Your photos are magical.

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    November 1, 2011 at 09:45

  45. It’s really magical and a massive water lily. I love the sunset photo as well, you must really enjoy the night.

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    November 1, 2011 at 11:21

  46. WoW Wonderful series, beautiful photos and stunning colors

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    November 1, 2011 at 11:32

  47. I can only imagine the awe and perfection of such a place, how blessed you are to have experienced it. Your images do give us a wonderful flavour of what you saw, for which I am glad!

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    November 1, 2011 at 12:23

  48. Blissful images Lady Fi, would have been a magical experience.

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    November 1, 2011 at 12:37

  49. Fiona, these photos are gorgeous. What a beautiful experience this was. I love the slither of moon in the first shot too.

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    November 1, 2011 at 13:41

  50. Thanks for coming by my blog ~ These photos are awesome! Magical! ~ namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

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    November 1, 2011 at 14:27

  51. Your night captures so magical. The angle shot of the leaves look like butterfly wings! Gorgeous!

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    November 1, 2011 at 14:39

  52. That last one is really a photo to gasp about. Just stunning!

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    November 1, 2011 at 15:25

  53. JM

    I just love the Victoria Lily. Would love to spot it in the wild, but have only seen it in greenhouses so far… The photos are wonderful, including the gorgeous orange sunset.

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    November 1, 2011 at 15:48

  54. Absolutely gorgeous. I don’t believe I have ever seen water lilies here in Hawaii.

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    November 1, 2011 at 16:52

  55. How cool!

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    November 1, 2011 at 16:53

  56. Great pics!!!!!!

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    November 1, 2011 at 17:07

  57. Et under av en plante! Ja, det siste bildet er rene kunsten.

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    November 1, 2011 at 17:23

  58. wow, that is gorgeous. Being in there with only torches. And seeing the large WaterLilies. How great! 🙂

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    November 1, 2011 at 17:57

  59. Your photos and words are always so beautifully presented!
    Lovely post.

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    November 1, 2011 at 18:30

  60. wow! great post 🙂

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    November 1, 2011 at 19:15

  61. Oh, my goodness. These photos are just stunning!

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    November 1, 2011 at 19:18

  62. Very nice. I particular like the last one of the picture. It’s like a little mystery, a picture full of secrets, with many layers of both graphical elements and rooms for interpretations. The leave reflected in the water almost looks like a giant insect or butterfly. Very gorgeous.

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    November 1, 2011 at 22:37

  63. Your photos are breathtaking, the color of the sky, and the lily’s just gorgeous.

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    November 1, 2011 at 22:43

  64. Al

    That looks amazing, you’ve captured the mysterious night feeling perfectly.

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    November 2, 2011 at 03:04

  65. Dear Lord, woman!!! My eyes popped out of their sockets… YOU KEEP GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!!!
    You had me saying “Oooohs and Aaaaahsss” all through the post!!

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    November 2, 2011 at 03:26

  66. Jen

    Magical, and reptilian at the same time….

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    November 2, 2011 at 03:45

  67. The up close and personal water lily is FANTASTIC!!!!!! So many tiny details I have never noticed before!

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    November 2, 2011 at 07:44

  68. Hi there – great set of pictures of a remarkable plant. Can remember seeing them in a garden in Singapore – they were huge!

    Cheers – SM

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    November 2, 2011 at 07:49

  69. Ash

    Absolutely wonderful photos, especially the last one.

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    November 2, 2011 at 15:18

  70. These are fantastic night shot! They are all artistic looking, and mesmerizing to see.

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    November 2, 2011 at 15:37

  71. Happy Wednesday!

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    November 2, 2011 at 23:14

  72. A beautiful water lily and wonderful lily pads, like something out of a fairy tale, where is the frog prince that should be sitting on one of the pads. They look big and strong enough to hold a person.

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    November 2, 2011 at 23:58

  73. I have only seen photos of these Lily pads..how wonderful for you to have seen them in person..I am very jealous. Stunning photos!! 🙂

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    November 3, 2011 at 03:51

  74. No words can suffice to thank you for taking us on this stunning journey!

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    November 3, 2011 at 04:37

  75. I’ve never seen these gigantic lily pads before-not in person or in photo. Wow!

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    November 3, 2011 at 08:18

  76. How beautiful. It’s really art as you say.

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    November 3, 2011 at 09:28

  77. Just beautiful!Perfect photos and words!

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    November 3, 2011 at 09:41

  78. Wonderful photos and perfect words!

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    November 3, 2011 at 09:42

  79. Beautiful moon and sky!! And, of course, the water lilies are amazing. Mickie 🙂

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    November 5, 2011 at 05:08

  80. I am looking over your various photos, and there are so many great ones, but the fourth one in this post is a stunner (transformation into art).

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    November 11, 2011 at 13:26

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