Giant bowls of sunshine

Water lilies grab all the attention —

So I thought I’d show you the beauty of the giant water lily pads.

They are a good background for flowers,

Flower

And if you flip them over,

You can see how complicated they are

Under their smooth, green exteriors.

Underside lily pad

They seem to catch the light

And act as big bowls of sunshine.

Bowls of sunshine

Up close, when reflected,

The rims of the giant lily pads

Are two lips gently kissing the water.

Reflections

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81 responses

  1. Gorgeous shots!

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    September 7, 2015 at 15:27

  2. These are incredible! i don’t think I’ve ever seen such big lillypads!

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    September 7, 2015 at 15:29

  3. they are very beautiful, i love the never-before-seen things that I can find on photo blogs

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    September 7, 2015 at 15:32

  4. The flip-over photo is gorgeous – as are the bowls of sunshine. What a great Creator!

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    September 7, 2015 at 16:15

  5. Great detail in these. Nature truly amazes.

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    September 7, 2015 at 16:31

  6. Love water lilies, these are beautiful shots Fiona!

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    September 7, 2015 at 16:54

  7. Lovely…

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    September 7, 2015 at 17:00

  8. I have never seen huge lilypads like in your picture – that’s amazing and you captured them beautifully 🙂

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    September 7, 2015 at 17:32

  9. What a gigantic size! I have not seen such big lotus leaves before. Beautiful photos!

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    September 7, 2015 at 17:38

    • These pads are the lily pads of the Giant Amazon lily, but perhaps you mean the pads near the front of the photo?

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      September 7, 2015 at 17:48

  10. I love water lilies. This post reminds me of Longwood Gardens.

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    September 7, 2015 at 17:41

  11. They are so beautiful aren’t they.

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    September 7, 2015 at 18:07

  12. I never knew that about the under side of a lily pad… Beautiful lily!!!

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    September 7, 2015 at 18:29

  13. Mac

    very cool

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    September 7, 2015 at 18:38

  14. Hello, the giant lily pads are beautiful and I love the waterlilies. Lovley lighting and images. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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    September 7, 2015 at 18:39

  15. awesome captures and perspective on the lily pads!! exotic

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    September 7, 2015 at 19:19

  16. I loved the third one the most!

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    September 7, 2015 at 19:55

  17. They are amazing!

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    September 7, 2015 at 20:05

  18. Those giant water lily pads are awesome.

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    September 7, 2015 at 20:21

  19. Awesome lily pads. They are exquisite!

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    September 7, 2015 at 20:56

  20. They are so big they look like you could float in them!

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    September 7, 2015 at 20:57

  21. always love the lotus..or giant lilies..they are simply beautiful and mesmerizing 🙂

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    September 7, 2015 at 21:01

  22. Gorgeous photos!

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    September 7, 2015 at 21:03

  23. how marvelous! we don’t get that type here that i know of.

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    September 7, 2015 at 21:45

  24. These are amazing, Fi!
    Not seen anything quite like them.
    Beautifully photographed.

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    September 7, 2015 at 22:56

  25. Magnificent…I have never seen them so big…thanks for sharing…. 🙂

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    September 7, 2015 at 23:02

  26. OOOOOOOOOO,
    aren’t they lovely?!!!! WOW.

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    September 7, 2015 at 23:18

  27. Just glorious photos of the unseen by most!…:)JP

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    September 7, 2015 at 23:20

  28. Wow!!!!

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    September 7, 2015 at 23:38

  29. wonderful plants. You say they catch the light, why not link up with NF Catching light? You find it at Bildverkstan
    nfverk.blogspot.com

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    September 7, 2015 at 23:43

  30. Sensuous!

    ALOHA
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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    September 7, 2015 at 23:51

  31. I am a huge water lily fan so it was really easy to get lost in your gorgeous photos.

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    September 8, 2015 at 00:16

  32. interesting perspective, who knew?

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    September 8, 2015 at 01:02

  33. Wow! These pads are really giant! Amazing photos!

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    September 8, 2015 at 01:08

  34. The leaves look like stepping stones!

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    September 8, 2015 at 03:01

  35. I’m fascinated by these giant pads which I’ve seen at Denver Botanic. You had the perfect light to photograph them. One of Nature’s wonders – pure beauty.

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    September 8, 2015 at 03:07

  36. sylviakirk

    Ah, I love your kissing leaves!! Beautiful!! And these pads are SO huge!! Awesome!! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty of your world!! I hope you have a great new week!!

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    September 8, 2015 at 03:32

  37. How wonderful they are – the undersides are perfect for floating. An amazing plant!

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    September 8, 2015 at 04:20

  38. Magnificent macros!

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    September 8, 2015 at 04:20

  39. Interesting!

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    September 8, 2015 at 05:47

  40. WOW!! Fantastic captures and very interesting post. Have a great day!

    Shantana

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    September 8, 2015 at 06:21

  41. gorgeous !!!

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    September 8, 2015 at 06:29

  42. The lilypads are just gorgeous. I can’t say enough about them.

    http://calrat.blogspot.com

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    September 8, 2015 at 06:30

  43. Incredible captures. So well taken.

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    September 8, 2015 at 07:33

  44. How marvelous! I saw these once in Balboa Park in San Diego, California. I actually saw a diagram of the underside of this type of lily pad but to actually see it is enlightening. Nature is incredible!

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    September 8, 2015 at 08:59

  45. Wonderful photos of the strucutre in the leaves. Great !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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    September 8, 2015 at 09:28

  46. Interesting and fantastic !!

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    September 8, 2015 at 10:13

  47. They really are beautiful especially with all those reflections.

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    September 8, 2015 at 10:27

  48. A treat for me, I do not typically see the ones that look like a pie tin.

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    September 8, 2015 at 12:26

  49. Wow! So beautiful!

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    September 8, 2015 at 12:57

  50. X

    Wow. THanks for flipping it over, that is a pretty cool and complex structure. Neat symmetry in it though.

    Their flowers are def lovely.

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    September 8, 2015 at 14:36

  51. don

    A fine coverage of the lily pads. I like the variety you shot in this series.

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    September 8, 2015 at 16:55

  52. Amazing plants and wonderful captures. I love the light shining through the rims.

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    September 8, 2015 at 17:30

  53. stunning. i can see why Monet was always so inspired by them

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    September 8, 2015 at 18:01

  54. The lily pads are amazing! I like the reflections.

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    September 8, 2015 at 18:04

  55. So cool that you got to show us the underside! I’d never have guessed what they looked like!

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    September 8, 2015 at 18:58

  56. Somehow, when I just saw the title of your post I know that it was going to be a great one and it was. You have redefined and deconstructed lilly pads for me.

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    September 8, 2015 at 19:34

  57. Love the lily pads!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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    September 8, 2015 at 19:39

  58. Amazing the adaptations of life. 🙂 Who needs Jurassic Park, we are already in it.

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    September 8, 2015 at 21:15

  59. How cool!

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    September 8, 2015 at 23:17

  60. Very beautiful photos. Excellent colors and frames.
    Limbo Delirium
    Black & White Abstract

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    September 8, 2015 at 23:49

  61. Totally lovely, both your photos and words. First time for me to see the underside of a lily pod.
    Take 25 to Hollister

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    September 9, 2015 at 00:47

  62. Oh my !! 🙂 Absolutely stunning and food for thought….

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    September 9, 2015 at 01:18

  63. Al

    Extraordinary – I’ve never seen the underneath of one before. I’m sure there’s a metaphor here somewhere…

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    September 9, 2015 at 01:57

  64. wow… beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing them and your beautiful words! love your blog!

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    September 9, 2015 at 03:25

  65. fabulous! I’ve never seen the underside of a lily pad before.

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    September 9, 2015 at 05:35

  66. They are exquisite!

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    September 9, 2015 at 08:29

  67. Sunshine shining through them really brings them alive, doesn’t it!

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    September 9, 2015 at 11:01

  68. Pat

    Very nice this lily !!

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    September 9, 2015 at 13:03

  69. I haven’t seen a bowl shaped lily before. They are beautiful.

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    September 9, 2015 at 15:41

  70. wow, amazing captures!

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    September 9, 2015 at 15:53

  71. incredibly beautiful. you just keep topping your last photo my dear!!!

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    September 9, 2015 at 19:57

  72. Wonderful — beautiful and I love being reminded to look at things a different way!!

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    September 9, 2015 at 22:50

  73. I’ve always wondered what they looked like underneath, and now I know…lovely shots.

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    September 10, 2015 at 03:30

  74. Delightful compositions!

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    September 10, 2015 at 06:14

  75. wow! outstanding 🙂

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    September 10, 2015 at 07:41

  76. I had no idea they can get so big! These pictures are amazing! 🙂

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    September 10, 2015 at 09:41

  77. daryledelstein

    nature is amazing .. i am sure that ancient people used those to collect water …

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    September 10, 2015 at 13:31

  78. Perfect Title! Excellent captures!

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    September 11, 2015 at 16:08

  79. These are gorgeous! Amazing lily pads and beautiful blooms!

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    September 11, 2015 at 17:04

  80. Stunning

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    September 14, 2015 at 10:24

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