The flowers of a water lily are always such gracefully poised things. The large pads, with their intricate network of interweaving, fibrous webbing on the underside are said to be able to support the weight of a human baby without sinking. This one is located in a courtyard pond at the conservatory at the gardens.

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania May, 2010.


My thanks to Adam and Amanda for including me in their plans for the day.


flower, pond, conservatory, lavendermoon, water lily, longwood gardens


  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    What a beautiful flower, Robyn. Wonderful shot!

  • I hesitated on this one for about two months now, Mike… but I do like it… thank you!

    – LavenderMoon

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    It’s got a very nice pastel look and matches the water in the background. Works really well! :o)

  • The color of the water is mostly a reflective result, I think, as the bottom of the water pond was black. I was happy to see it picked up the lavender and purple hues. Thanks again, Mike!

    – LavenderMoon

  • relayer51
    relayer51about 4 years ago

    Beautiful Robyn and in your colour as well, Hope you had a good weekend, kind regards mark.

  • Thank you very much, Mark… I’ve had a relaxing weekend… but it’s gone by too quickly, as usual…. I hope the same for you as well. : )

    – LavenderMoon

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 4 years ago

    What a gorgeous shot……………I love water lilies!! ;-))

  • Thank you, Stephanie! They are among my favorites too…

    – LavenderMoon

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBabout 4 years ago

    Love the colour!

  • Oh, me too! Thank you, Felicity!

    – LavenderMoon

  • Padhopper
    Padhopperabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you! I take it from your name you are a fellow water lily lover… : )

    – LavenderMoon

  • bioman
    biomanabout 4 years ago

    the colors are gorgeous Robyn, lovely capture!

  • Thank you SO much, John… I’m happy with it now!

    – LavenderMoon

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful colours and capture !!! ☺♥

  • Thank you, Evita! Good to see you. : )

    – LavenderMoon

  • panda65
    panda65about 4 years ago

    I didn’t realise they were fibrous underneath – that explains a lot. I love the interplay of colours between foreground and background here, and the translucent feel of the flower.

  • Thank you, Panda! Big frogs sit on them, but I guess I never thought they weighed enough to sink them.. but they are very strongly woven underneath.. and it makes a cool pattern…

    – LavenderMoon

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerabout 4 years ago

    Such a great capture Robyn. Water lily’s are the greatest! XXSUEXX

  • Thank you, Sue!

    – LavenderMoon

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