Reflection's Flora and Fauna
A collection of my photos of flora and fauna, and maybe now and then,
something else that catches my attention and just will not let go.
Maybe even with little verbage, which is pretty hard for this gal.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Great Yellow Water Lily

Recently, just at the end of THE Trip, Man and I visited the Amana Colonies in Iowa, where along the trail you will come to Lily Lake.   Water lilys everywhere!  We did not find a dock or any method of getting closer to the blooms, so, I zoomed Sony almost to the max and shot away to see what I might come away with.  What I have is a story of the bloom, beginning, middle, end.

Below a bloom just about to fully open.

And, below, the beginning and the end, both in one photo.  In the background you will see a tight green bud, and in the foreground a bloom closer to the end of its life.  The bloom is nothing special to look at, as it is rather beat up, either from the wind or the geese, but, look at the center, isn't that amazing??  Look what is left behind when the stamen fell off.

And, with the assistance of the photo editing program:

And, below, of course, the full bloom, just about perfect.



Terri O'Connell said...

Carol, these are all stunning!

Gini said...

Oh wow, very pretty!