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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wildflower Wednesday

It's time again for Wildflower Wednesday and since the last two WW posts have been about "pesky" plants, I figured today was a good day to just share some beauty! Not too much to say today, just thought I'd share this natural beauty with you. This large lilypond is not too far from the city limits and I have admired it for years, so I figured it was time for a visit with camera in hand.  (For you locals, it's just past the end of the Killarney Road, heading out the Nashwaak, on your right. I suggest parking at the Esso and walking from there, as the shoulder of the road is very narrow so it's difficult to park in front of the pond...)
I don't know much about water lilies, other than that these are known as hardy water lilies (which bloom only
during the day), as opposed to the tropical varieties which may bloom day or night. These floating aquatic plants (Nymphaeaceae) have fragrant white or pink flowers and flat floating leaves, shiny green above and purplish-red underneath. The flowers are 3-6" wide and the leaves are up to 12" in diameter.
There were many frogs and dragonflies, and a pair of mallards soaking up the beauty along with me.. I was wishing I had a pair of waders to don, so I could wade right in and get a little closer... 
I hope you'll enjoy my photographic efforts of today.. why not leave me a comment and tell me where you're visiting from?


Peace,
Linda

"The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator." ~ Louis Pasteur

3 comments:

Catskill Quilter said...

Ah, Linda, these photos are lovely too! I always look forward to Wildflower Wednesdays -- they are a nice mid-week treat! As I have mentioned before, here in northern Florida we do not seem to have many flowers, especially as the summer progresses. This year, however, we have had alot of rain (so grateful!) and the grass, and bushes and trees are an eye feast of greens - no brown and grey in sight!

Marie Alton said...

These are sooo pretty ... wonderful creations of nature ... and you've captured them so well.

Patty C. said...

Gorgeous photos :)

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