Photographer's Note


This is one of the test-pictures I shot yesterday with the recent Father’s Day present from my son: Canon EF Macro 100mm lens. I drove some 60 miles to Mercer Arboretum & Botanical Garden at time when the experts were moving all the flowers into a dark corner to drain and replace fresh water. As a result, you can see the water lily flower without disturbing background or vivid colors as usual.

Water lilies are type 1 aquatic plants. They are available in many different colors. Water lilies' color is probably the most important choice factor although size, scent and water depth are other characteristics of the water lilies. The lotus flower is another name for water lilies. These water lilies are often referred to as a deep water marginal plants.

Water lilies would tend to be planted in water 60cm deep and more. However today many varieties of water lilies are available that can be planted in half barrels. Some water lilies however require depths greater than 1 meter to fully develop. It is better to plant water lilies shallower rather than deeper water if this is a constraint. Beautiful water lily ponds containing water lilies once seen are never totally forgotten.

Called a ”lotus” — the depictions of the floral symbol of Upper Egypt is actually known as a nymphaea caerulea which is actually known today to be a water lily. This flower, along with the papyrus flower, was shown throughout Egypt in tombs and temples to symbolize the union of Upper and Lower Egypt, but the blue water lily had a much deeper significance to the Egyptian people.


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