Water Lilies by M
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
29 people like this
• United States
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!
• 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.
• 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.