The light of the lilies

There is something magical

About entering the huge circular greenhouse

Where water lilies rise gracefully out of the shadowed water.

Strange plants grow around the walls

Sighing like discarded scarves.

If you’re lucky, you will see

The world’s largest water lily, Victoria Amazonica, in flower.

They only bloom twice – the first night, they are white,

The second night pink.

And there – can you see it? –

Is the perfect blue water lily

That inspired the imagination of Monet.

For more inspiration, please visit: Our World.

80 responses

  1. Glorious, LadyFi – and how fortunate to get a sight of the Victoria Amazonica!

    July 9, 2012 at 15:31

  2. Glorious indeed!! How wonderful!! Such gorgeous colors and superb captures as always, Fiona! Hope you have a great week! Enjoy!

    July 9, 2012 at 15:33

  3. It looks like you got so close to these amazing flowers. the strange one that looks like a scarf is unreal. Thanks for opening my eyes to new plants.

    July 9, 2012 at 15:43

  4. Awesome!and I thought it was really scarf.

    July 9, 2012 at 15:49

  5. Heaven, just heaven.

    July 9, 2012 at 15:51

  6. oh wow….these are a gift in perspective…each one is so cool…love the level you got in the first, skimming across the top…and the second in tight…love it…beautiful…

    July 9, 2012 at 16:13

  7. Wow, these are gorgeous,I love the red and white ones, never seen a flower like that.;) Have a nice Monday.;) xoxo

    July 9, 2012 at 16:16

  8. Kharma

    Gorgeous Lillie’s! My favorite flower!

    July 9, 2012 at 16:31

  9. Don

    There’s something profoundly archetypal about these lilies. They rise up out of the water in to a glorious expression of beauty – something like consciousness out of the waters of the unconscious. Beautiful symbols of this. Thanks Fiona.

    July 9, 2012 at 16:42

  10. how beautiful ~ calming and relaxing

    July 9, 2012 at 16:44

  11. I’m left a bit speechless – what a magical place. And that you were there in that most perfect moment, to capture this beauty. What an inspiration. These photos are magnificent. happy day to you Fiona.

    July 9, 2012 at 16:53

  12. Beautiful photos and blue water lily is inspirational!

    July 9, 2012 at 16:58

  13. Kaval

    truly amazing captures! what a blend of colors!

    July 9, 2012 at 17:10

  14. They are beautiful ♥

    July 9, 2012 at 17:11

  15. TexWisGirl

    so gorgeous. and your descriptions make it magical.

    July 9, 2012 at 17:14

  16. These are magnificent photos. It must have been a real treat to see that large water lily in person.

    July 9, 2012 at 17:40

  17. Gorgeous, Fiona…. Makes me want to go to Biltmore to see their water lilies…… I might just have to do that soon!!!!!

    Have a great day.

    July 9, 2012 at 17:49

  18. How dreamy! Even the circular greenhouse sounds perfect!

    July 9, 2012 at 18:04

  19. Pat

    So beautiful!

    July 9, 2012 at 18:19

  20. Delicious flowers. Delicate and attractive compositions. I love the blue water lily.

    July 9, 2012 at 18:34

  21. magical snaps!!!

    July 9, 2012 at 18:37

  22. Gorgeous lilies!! Wow!

    July 9, 2012 at 18:56

  23. Beautiful, colorful, thanks for sharing.

    July 9, 2012 at 18:57

  24. Such a delightful place to visit. The lilies are gorgeous and I love the exotic flowers you spotted along the walls.

    July 9, 2012 at 19:26

  25. Oh my goodness, these are beautiful!
    Last year, the deer ate all of ours. Actually went into the pond to get them.
    This year, they’ve left them alone, and I have been photographing them every chance I get.
    Happy Monday to you!

    July 9, 2012 at 19:34

  26. Speaking of inspiration… Once again such outstanding photography! You capture more than a picture in each of those frames.

    July 9, 2012 at 19:35

  27. The flowers are exquisite, but then, so is your writing!

    July 9, 2012 at 20:01

  28. Riet

    Another beautiful post. Those flowers are all stunning.

    July 9, 2012 at 21:10

  29. Bob

    Lovely flowers aren’t they?

    July 9, 2012 at 21:15

  30. Al

    Beautiful photos, it’s been a long time since I’ve been in a greenhouse.

    July 9, 2012 at 21:35

  31. I love the textures in the first two images!

    July 9, 2012 at 21:38

  32. That first lily is so interesting. Didn’t know a flower could change colors like that. Cool beans!

    July 9, 2012 at 22:14

  33. The second pictures is WOW, perfect !:)

    July 9, 2012 at 22:20

  34. Ooo, That PURPLE colour is Majestic. It makes me want to shout “AMEN!” x

    July 9, 2012 at 22:22

  35. imac

    Pure Monet Art photographes.

    July 9, 2012 at 22:34

  36. cocomino

    Blue lily is really perfect. Amazing shots, as always.

    July 9, 2012 at 23:56

  37. Jim

    Wonderful and inspirational!

    July 10, 2012 at 00:40

  38. such gorgeous lilies. the last photo is magical.:)

    July 10, 2012 at 01:13

  39. water lilies are beautiful
    the giant one is amazing and the blue is stunning

    July 10, 2012 at 01:48

  40. I am speechless! Fantastic pictures.

    July 10, 2012 at 02:34

  41. I’ve always loved water lilies.

    July 10, 2012 at 02:35

  42. hi Ladyfi, your photos are beautiful and i love most that wrinkled one! When you said that lily bloom only twice, do you mean they produce two flowers per plant? Or do you mean that the single flower starts from white but the same flower turns pink the 2nd night. The sentence is quite confusing.

    And in your comment in my post, i also did not get what you mean when you said, the fruit of the cacao makes a lovely drink! I wonder how the fruit is made into a drink! Can you teach me that? thanks.

    July 10, 2012 at 03:12

  43. beautiful!!

    July 10, 2012 at 03:23

  44. Such beautiful pictures can inspire artists any day. Beautiful!

    July 10, 2012 at 04:17

  45. Unparalleled Beauty:)

    July 10, 2012 at 05:24

  46. cosmos

    I didn’t know there were blue water lilies. How beautiful!

    July 10, 2012 at 05:28

  47. Beautiful lilies..I didn’t know there was a blue one….you are ever so lucky!:)

    July 10, 2012 at 06:53

  48. Beautiful and colorful water liliies

    July 10, 2012 at 07:36

  49. All so beautiful!!

    July 10, 2012 at 08:09

  50. Beautiful photographs, fantastic colours, everything are beautiful. I am greeting

    July 10, 2012 at 08:48

  51. Very beautiful , not often you see them like that

    July 10, 2012 at 10:32

  52. WOW!!! Beautiful water lilies and so well captured!!Have a great week ahead.


    July 10, 2012 at 10:33

  53. Gee we only have yellow and white. Those other colours are great. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    July 10, 2012 at 12:44

  54. Ah, so gorgeous and refreshing. The lilies along with your words have colored my day bright and beautiful. Thank you!:)

    My Yatra Diary…

    July 10, 2012 at 13:01

  55. indrani

    Wow! Great shots.

    July 10, 2012 at 13:04

  56. Heavenly!

    July 10, 2012 at 14:39

  57. So awesome photos!!!!

    July 10, 2012 at 15:10

  58. interesting shots. The blue is a favourite for me as well.:)

    July 10, 2012 at 16:06

  59. lindyloumacinitaly

    Simply gorgeous, by coincidence I used some water lily photos in a post of my own today.:)

    July 10, 2012 at 19:07

  60. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Such pretty photos paired with lovely words. I can only imagine the gentle water reflecting the light and colors of these graceful lilies up into the delicate air.

    July 10, 2012 at 23:05

  61. Stunning Fi …. we have the beautiful Victoria Amazonics growing in our Botanic Gardens … I love to watch and photograph them opening. Wonderful captures of these exquisite blooms.

    July 11, 2012 at 00:13

  62. Thank you for sharing the special night of the flower!!

    July 11, 2012 at 00:48

  63. through your imagination and talent we hear the scarves sighing!

    Wishing you a pleasant thoughts &
    Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

    July 11, 2012 at 05:24

  64. Purple amazing color for flower. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

    July 11, 2012 at 06:48

  65. Beautiful captures, Fiona. Something so calming about waterlilies.:)

    July 11, 2012 at 12:10

  66. jcosmonewbery

    Truly delightful!

    July 11, 2012 at 12:48

  67. Beautiful pictures of water lilies, never seen a blue one before.

    July 11, 2012 at 17:18

  68. JM

    Gorgeous! Love the angle on the top shot.

    July 11, 2012 at 19:56

  69. And this is a magical post with the most amazing flowers, right down to the discarded scarf you turned into a work of art.

    July 11, 2012 at 23:03

  70. What a gorgeous colour that last one is!!
    And I love the later post with all the raindrops!! Something we have not seen in far too long!

    July 12, 2012 at 02:39

  71. Oh wow.. these are just gorgeous. Such beauty.

    July 12, 2012 at 05:42

  72. de tres belles photos

    July 12, 2012 at 08:28

  73. Wow. Absolutely beautiful!!

    July 12, 2012 at 11:58

  74. Beautiful lily pond, shots. I adore the third one – such beautiful soft focus and colours.

    July 13, 2012 at 12:21

  75. Just amazing! Wow. Thank you for these lilies.

    July 14, 2012 at 05:48

  76. Beautiful, colorful, thanks for sharing.

    July 15, 2012 at 18:59

  77. superlike! love that bit about discarded scarves… but i love the story you wove for us even more… btw, when i was in high school, i used to draw lilies a lot. it’s odd that am reminded of that only now – with your pics. thanks!😉

    July 16, 2012 at 05:31

  78. These pics make me want to come visit you!

    July 17, 2012 at 01:50

  79. Liz

    WOW!! Such beautiful images, such lovely reflections in writing:)

    July 17, 2012 at 17:47

  80. That first shot is really cool. Love the shadow patterns and the low perspective.

    July 18, 2012 at 13:41

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