Water Lilies by M

By ARM
India
November 16, 2016 7:34am CST
That M is 'me' not Monet. Monet's series of paintings of these flowers are one of the favourite examples of impressionist art the world over. He painted the lilies from his garden. Mine are not 'mine'....they grow profusely in the surrounding areas these season bringing delight to all. My relationship with these pink aquatic flowers is that of a gazer. I never fail to stop and marvel at their beauty .The bountiful crop adorns my part of the world during this time of the year. I see them in my morning walks and on my frequent travels by train through the country side. They are usually seen in quiet water bodies like ponds and marshes and streams next to rice fields. Seemingly floating gently on the water ,they open their petals in the morning and close them at night. The flowers symbolizes purity as they grow in muddy and stagnant waters...a thing of unmatched beauty unaffected by its surroundings. A waterlily quote that I'd like to share: “I think that the best kind of change, is the change that comes from the inside and begins it's way out until it emerges on the outside; a change that is born underneath then continues and spreads until it has reached the surface. That's a true change. A powerful change. And I have found that while we are emerging, changing into something glorious; it is actually us becoming who we really are. A water lily is born underneath the water, inside the soil at the bottom of the river or lake. And the water lily has always been a water lily for that whole time that it was sprouting out of the wet soil, reaching up through the dark water towards the sunlight, stretching and grasping for the surface; where it then buds and blooms on the outside in the sunshine. It doesn't bud and bloom on the surface and then try to reach down below into the soil.” C JoyBell C. Photo: Mine....Don't have a zoom camera to capture in detail
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@salonga (27965)
• Philippines
16 Nov 16
I thought those plants were lotus!
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• India
16 Nov 16
Like lotus but lotus is bigger .
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@salonga (27965)
• Philippines
16 Nov 16
@responsiveme Beautiful flowers. Our water lilies here are different though.
@JudyEv (100470)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov 16
That is a very lovely photo as it is. We went to see Monet's garden when we were in France. It is an amazing and peaceful place.
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@JudyEv (100470)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov 16
@responsiveme How nice that you remembered it. :)
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@silvermist (15823)
• India
17 Feb
@responsiveme I always have admired pictures of Monet's paintings.Your photo of the waterlilies is really nice.
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• India
18 Feb
Thanks. They are over now...looking fwd to them surfacing next season.
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@silvermist (15823)
• India
18 Feb
@responsiveme Do you see white or light violet ones there?
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• India
20 Feb
@silvermist The deep pink ones are more common , white ones are also seen.
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@DianneN (59093)
• United States
18 Nov 16
Your photo is beautiful! I've seem Monet's work in the museums of Paris. I would love to see water lilies in person.
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• India
18 Nov 16
I suppose you can grow them @LadyDuck says she's planning to plant them.
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
18 Nov 16
@responsiveme They grow here in Switzerland in the ponds, you have to remove the baskets from the pond and place in a milder area during the coldest months of winter.
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@DianneN (59093)
• United States
19 Nov 16
@responsiveme It gets too cold here. Besides, I'm in Florida all winter. I guess I will have to travel to France and India to see them with my own eyes. Darn! Lol!
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@BelleStarr (31954)
• Portland, Connecticut
19 Nov 16
We have a lot of water lilies in the water off our property in Pennsylvania, what we call the cottage. They are pretty but I prefer them not to be in our water.
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• India
19 Nov 16
Do they choke the place?
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@BelleStarr (31954)
• Portland, Connecticut
20 Nov 16
@responsiveme yes they do and make swimming impossible
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• India
20 Nov 16
@BelleStarr Oh! well the ones here grows in small patches of marshy land , pools etc so they don't interfere with swimming.
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
I love the water lilies, I am going to sink some baskets with bulbs in my pond the next spring. Monet painted about 250 oil paintings of water lilies, his favourite flower for sure.
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• India
16 Nov 16
What colours will you plant?
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
@responsiveme White and pink those are my favourite colours.
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• India
16 Nov 16
@LadyDuck Will look forward to them next year.
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@jaboUK (50573)
• United Kingdom
25 Nov 16
I came to read your 'lost' discussion Arundhati. Water lilies are really beautiful, I envy you having those nearby - loved the picture.
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• India
25 Nov 16
So you found it...they are just near by and part of my daily walk. Enjoy the sun and sand . Glad you peeped in.
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@jaboUK (50573)
• United Kingdom
25 Nov 16
@responsiveme Yes, I'm popping in occasionally. Still enjoying Spain.
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@jstory07 (58293)
• Roseburg, Oregon
17 Nov 16
Those water lilies look really beautiful sitting and relaxing in the water.
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• India
18 Nov 16
They do, don't they:)
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@jstory07 (58293)
• Roseburg, Oregon
18 Nov 16
@responsiveme Yes they do. Very beautiful.
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@Nawsheen (22862)
• Mauritius
1 Jun
I found this ''lost'' discussion of yours that's an awesome picture. We do have some of those beautiful flowers over here too
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• India
1 Jun
Thanks for finding it...Glad you liked the flowers
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@CoralLevang (40661)
• United States
13 May
I have not seen many water lilies in my life. This is such a beautiful and almost magical plant to me. I have taken the liberties of cropping this photo with my cell phone feature that I was telling you about in another post. I hope you don't mind!
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• India
13 May
Not at all...The cropped photo shows the flowers better
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@epiffanie (8339)
• Australia
3 Dec 16
Beautiful! .. and thank you for sharing the lovely waterlily quote ;) ..
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• India
3 Dec 16
Glad you liked them...the photo and the quote.
@Jackalyn (6677)
• Oxford, England
25 Nov 16
I love Monet and well. all the Impressionist School. My skiving from school was frequent and I was never caught because they did not expect me to be in the art gallery staring at the pictures. I was really surprised when I learned there was more than one water lilies picture.
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• India
25 Nov 16
Yes a series...he must have loved them.
@bunnybon7 (33032)
• Holiday, Florida
25 Nov 16
what a lovely explanation . i guess we should go by its blooming nature in our life and not try reaching back but move forward
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• India
25 Nov 16
I liked the quote too.
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@vandana7 (57466)
• India
24 Nov 16
Thank god, Modi came up with what he did, otherwise, some builder would have removed it and built something ugly...
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• India
24 Nov 16
Yes, my little place has still got some open spaces...
@Kandae11 (26840)
24 Nov 16
Those are beautiful indeed.
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• India
24 Nov 16
They are, aren't they
• Midland, Michigan
24 Nov 16
Lovely photo even without using the zoom feature. I learned something new recently. There's a missionary from my church that helped set up churches in a small section of Africa I think it is. There are about two hundred children in one area that are starving and one thing they, or their parents do is dig up the bulb at the bottom of the water lilies that are on the surface. They dig below the water level and eat the inside of the bulb of those plants for some type of nourishment. The churches bring food for them as they can, but it sounds like there are many children in that part of the world starving.
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• India
24 Nov 16
Those bulbs can be eaten also many parts of the lotus too. Here a lot of plants edible. The news about the starving children is bad ...there is a vast divide between the rich and the poor in my country also.
@Asylum (47181)
• Manchester, England
22 Nov 16
Where have you been hiding you naughty discussion? Your author has been looking for you.
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• India
22 Nov 16
Thank you...I just needed a genie to bring it out of thin air
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@amadeo (47752)
• United States
22 Nov 16
very nice I found it.A great artist there.Thank you for sharing.
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• India
22 Nov 16
Where was it? Glad you liked it.
• Jacksonville, Florida
20 Nov 16
Nice story.
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• India
25 Nov 16
Glad you liked it.
@sol_cee (13566)
• Japan
19 Nov 16
Monet who? I'd rather have your water L.
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• India
19 Nov 16
:)