August 05, 2008
Another water lily photo
My mother is rapidly becoming my favorite person in the family to canoe with. Oh, she's got all kinds of good qualities, but the thing that puts her above the rest is the fact that she doesn't complain if I want to take a photo. She's even been known to encourage me to take pictures, whereas members of the family seem to think that me stopping to set down my paddle and take my camera out of the dry bag is some kind of act of craziness or even treason. They say things like, "Oh, god. Don't you already have a photo of a water lily?"
In fact, the first photo I ever put on this blog was a picture of a water lily. I've used a water lily as my haloscan icon and my facebook photo, and I like to leave multiple comments so that I can see a whole row of water lilies. I just don't think you can ever have too many water lily images.
Water lilies look like exotic hothouse flowers, with such perfect petals, yet they live in muddy, shallow water. I'll be canoeing through beds of matted weeds, the boat sliding past cattails and rotting duckblinds and last year's brown punks, my paddle stirring up water so murky I can't see the shallow bottom, and there, nestled up against the green lily pads, just above the tangle of weeds, I'll see a perfect water lily. In August, under the full heat of summer sun, the lily pads will often be crowded and curling at the edges, no longer as green as they were in the spring, but the water lily will still be fresh. On this flower, the petals were bent almost backwards so fully was the flower willing to open to the sun.
Posted by jo(e)