Amazonian beauty

The botanical gardens in Stockholm

Have a round greenhouse, and every year,

If you’re lucky – you can see the world’s largest water lily,

Victoria Amazonica, in bloom.

Upside down

The large domed roof of the greenhouse

Filters the light so that the room

Is filled with a magical green.

Magical green

Some of the lilies were

Just peeking out of their pods

Budding

While others had already unfurled

Into petalled perfection.

White lily copy

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80 responses

  1. These are quite amazing!

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    August 31, 2015 at 14:18

  2. Pat

    a magnificent series, especially a beautiful reflection! lush vegetation

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    August 31, 2015 at 14:32

  3. one word…… AMAZING!!

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    August 31, 2015 at 14:37

  4. What a remarkable plant – lucky you get to see them. Because of their size, few greenhouses grow them. Your photos show their details so well!

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    August 31, 2015 at 14:53

  5. Wow! Those are amazing! I didn’t realize such large lilies existed so I am very glad you shared.

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    August 31, 2015 at 14:57

  6. Amazing photography!

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    August 31, 2015 at 15:25

  7. Wow, gorgeous waterlily, it is a beautiful plant. Lovely images and post. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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    August 31, 2015 at 15:26

  8. These images seem other-worldly, fantastic!

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    August 31, 2015 at 15:26

  9. Beautiful!

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    August 31, 2015 at 15:51

  10. great click! outstanding to come across these !

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    August 31, 2015 at 16:01

  11. As usual, excellent photos
    The magic of green.
    Greetings from Poland…
    Lucia

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    August 31, 2015 at 16:04

  12. Wow, those are amazing.

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    August 31, 2015 at 16:07

  13. Pat

    The Victoria WaterLilies are amazing! Their giant leaves look like saucers and their fkowers are so large and beautiful. How lovely that you saw them!

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    August 31, 2015 at 16:23

  14. Don

    These are absolutely magnificent. I love how the light in some of them shines through, such luminescence.I’ve seen similar ones on the island of Mauritius.

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    August 31, 2015 at 16:32

  15. Lovely and gigantic water lilies, fabulous.

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    August 31, 2015 at 17:00

  16. Wow! Unusual and beautiful!

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    August 31, 2015 at 17:07

  17. Wow! This is really amazing! Such big leaves!

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    August 31, 2015 at 17:47

  18. So beautiful and eye-catching those giant lily pads. Your captures have done them justice!

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    August 31, 2015 at 18:33

  19. sylviakirk

    Oh, these are so beautiful indeed and your captures are superb indeed!! What giants they are!!! Hope you have a great new week!! Enjoy!

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    August 31, 2015 at 18:36

  20. Absolutely brilliant captures! Delightful light and mirror like reflections!

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    August 31, 2015 at 18:56

  21. Bill Dodd

    WOW! Thanks for sharing these.

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    August 31, 2015 at 19:06

  22. Mac

    wowwwwwwwww…never seen anything like that. Pretty cool

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    August 31, 2015 at 19:11

  23. absolutely stiunning images and amazing reflections. Thanks fo haring.

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    August 31, 2015 at 19:33

  24. Beautiful shots of botanical garden. Nice greenery.

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    August 31, 2015 at 20:23

  25. You must be proud of these amazing shots!

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    August 31, 2015 at 21:08

  26. What a magnificent series!

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    August 31, 2015 at 21:19

  27. WOW!!!

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    August 31, 2015 at 22:06

  28. You have captured the textures and color so beautifully! Awesome Fiona 💛

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    August 31, 2015 at 22:19

  29. marvelous!

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    August 31, 2015 at 22:54

  30. really enjoyed these…stunning!

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    August 31, 2015 at 22:55

  31. Fantastic !
    Beautiful photos.

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    August 31, 2015 at 23:05

  32. Mesmerizing beauty… 🙂

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    September 1, 2015 at 00:19

  33. they are amazing.

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    September 1, 2015 at 01:39

  34. It IS huge. Looks like it could be a pond in itself for all the little froggies!

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    September 1, 2015 at 02:58

  35. I love the first photo.
    Amazing lily pads!
    Carla

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    September 1, 2015 at 02:58

  36. Absolutely gorgeous!

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    September 1, 2015 at 02:59

  37. These are absolutely stunning!

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    September 1, 2015 at 03:49

  38. I’m drooling over these shots. I forget what camera you’re using, but I really think it’s just your eye – your compositions are so wonderful. The macro of the white lily is 😍.

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    September 1, 2015 at 04:02

  39. They are pretty amazing…and always remind me of those Victorian shots of a toddler sitting on one in the Crystal Gardens atrium.

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    September 1, 2015 at 04:09

  40. tht’s so beautiful!

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    September 1, 2015 at 04:38

  41. Beautiful. I’ve read about that lily but it would be wonderful to actually see it.

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    September 1, 2015 at 06:07

  42. Amazing shots!!

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    September 1, 2015 at 07:26

  43. Wow, your shots are so stunning. I am a huge fan of water lilies, but these tropical versions are a huge step up from what I am familiar with; really interesting post.

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    September 1, 2015 at 07:28

  44. Wow! that is some lily!

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    September 1, 2015 at 08:54

  45. Your pictures are stunning ! So beautiful !

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    September 1, 2015 at 09:58

  46. Amy

    lovely! i haven’t seen lillies like that in years

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    September 1, 2015 at 09:58

  47. I have heard that, in the wild, these are vary hard to catch. Nice shots!

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    September 1, 2015 at 10:45

  48. Incredible!

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    September 1, 2015 at 13:01

  49. What a thrill this would be to see!! Wow.

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    September 1, 2015 at 13:25

  50. amazing !!!

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    September 1, 2015 at 13:41

  51. Great shots – we have some of these lilies in the Botanic Garden in Melbourne – but not as many as in your shots. What a great thing to see.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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    September 1, 2015 at 13:42

  52. Oh my gosh Fiona, even the size of the lily pads, amaaazing! What a glorious sight it must be when all the lilies burst open at once. Gorgeous photos.

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    September 1, 2015 at 16:20

  53. Stunning lily pads – gorgeous Fiona!

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    September 1, 2015 at 16:32

  54. don

    Superb photo work!

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    September 1, 2015 at 16:50

  55. stunning stunning my friend.

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    September 1, 2015 at 17:18

  56. AMAZING shots! Just beautiful!

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    September 1, 2015 at 17:53

  57. Oh, what a feast of color and textures and light!!! So pretty.

    You mentioned liking chia seeds at my blog the other day, here’s another snack I found that I REALLY like:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XJSZBHW?ref_=pdp_new_dp_review

    lots of chia seeds in these. The peanut-chocolate flavor is my fav.

    Have a great week, G

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    September 1, 2015 at 18:28

    • Looks delicious.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      September 1, 2015 at 18:36

  58. Stunning and breathtaking – really lovely to see! Thank you!

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    September 1, 2015 at 19:43

  59. That is incredible. How beautiful. Love waterlilies and had never imagined one this size and this lovely.

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    September 1, 2015 at 22:46

  60. Gorgeous lily photography and what a sight to behold! Wow!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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    September 2, 2015 at 01:26

  61. Hi! The largest water lily flowers very impressive. I always feel the flowers are not so big comparing the leaves. Thanks for sharing.

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    September 2, 2015 at 01:44

  62. Al

    That is indeed magical with that gorgeous light and the amazing lilies.

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    September 2, 2015 at 02:54

  63. They’re stunning! The pads are enormous.

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    September 2, 2015 at 09:05

  64. Stunning, wonderful blooms of Water lilies… It must be amazing to see them from so up-close in such lovely light… 🙂

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    September 2, 2015 at 11:29

  65. They are big and beautiful ! Great images !

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    September 2, 2015 at 12:00

  66. AMAZING!

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    September 2, 2015 at 13:17

  67. Wow, marvelous photos of this beauties ! Stunning !
    Best, Synnöve

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    September 2, 2015 at 13:23

  68. We saw these a couple of years ago in a hot house in Adelaide Botanical Garden in South Australia. They are so amazing. Have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

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    September 2, 2015 at 14:28

  69. Nature is so amazing!

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    September 2, 2015 at 16:26

  70. Welcome back, I hope you had a happy summer. I’ve taken a vacation during the summer. Thank you for your excellent compositions, my new publications will be on:
    Limbo Delirium
    Black & White Abstract

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    September 2, 2015 at 17:44

  71. Breathtaking! The pods resemble the spiky chayote fruit. What a treat to see them in person or in photos as they are blooming. Thanks.

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    September 2, 2015 at 19:28

  72. Gorgeous shots.

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    September 2, 2015 at 20:17

  73. Hi Lady Fi, The word you chose is the first one that came to my mind: Amazing! And, yes, beautiful too!

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    September 2, 2015 at 20:22

  74. You took such beautiful photos. The composition and the colors are just absolutely gorgeous. Your photos remind me of Asia, where I was born and lived for many years. These are one of my favorite flowers. They are simple yet complex.

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    September 3, 2015 at 03:52

  75. daryledelstein

    reminds me of our ny botanical gardens lotus/lily ponds .. the flower you show unfurling, is in fact a lotus, i know this because i posted a photo of that flower in our ny pond labeled it water lily and was told it was a lotus … 🙂

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    September 3, 2015 at 15:23

  76. Vibrant shades of green. Such a visual delight 🙂

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    September 3, 2015 at 19:48

  77. Beautiful water lilies – awesome job capturing them, you photos are spectacular!

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    September 4, 2015 at 04:33

  78. Beautiful pics, Fiona!

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    September 4, 2015 at 04:39

  79. How lucky you are to see them

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    September 9, 2015 at 18:55

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