Monday, April 16, 2018

The Water Lily

One perfect flower!

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When we hike Ross Prairie State Forest, the trail makes a big loop.

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We turn at this pretty little pond.

Do you see a little white dot at the top right of the water?

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And when we hiked there a couple of weeks ago, we saw ONE perfect flower!

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

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I’ll be anxious to take this hike again to see more.

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Thanks hubby for these close ups!

I had a lot of neat photos to share, so I decided to make a mosaic out of most of them.

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A nice hike through the pines and oaks. Listening to birds and stopping to see wildflowers. You never know what you’ll see.

I thought of ‘beauty and the beast’ for my caption when I decided to include this photo.

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It’s just sap leaking out of a tree but it looks a bit ‘beastly’, doesn’t it?

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE

and Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

34 comments:

Arlene Grimm said...

Lovely pictures..sometimes I wish I could paint in order to capture so many beautiful scenes.

Susie said...

Diane, That is the perfect water lily. So pretty. Your husband did a fabulous job getting those shots. The sap shot made me think of our pines...some times I find sap globs in the yard or on the driveway. I never touch them...you will have a hard time getting it off your fingers. LOL Blessings for a great week and a nice hike or two. xoxo, Susie

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful hiking place and awesome macro shots of the water lily and wonderful nature photos in your collage ~ love the sap from the tree shot! Beauty and the Beast!

Namaste,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Maggie said...

When a water lily is as truly stunning as this one is all that you want! Beautiful close up, thank you Diane's Hubby for sharing it with the MM crowd this week.

Sandra said...

that is one cool looking sappy dragon face. love it and the first photo of the perfect flower, is a perfect photo of the perfect flower. gorgeous

Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for sharing your mosaics today and that one gorgeous water lily. Happy Monday

much love...

Boopnut said...

I love the water lily! Your photos give me hope for warmer weather!

Hugs!
Deb

Vee said...

That is a gorgeous water lily. Thank you for explaining the beastly pic. I thought it was honey!

Inger said...

It is so great that you have these beautiful trails to walk. They are safe and there are always gorgeous things to point your cameras to. And share, which is so good for us who follow your blog.

Jeanie said...

How lovely! A little bit of Monet right where you are!

Karen Ann said...

Beautiful flower! sometimes I see the lilies where I kayak, haven't seen one quite that exotic in our waters -

It's me said...

What a beautiful Lilly.....wowww love from me Ria x 💜

laurie said...

that is amazing,,, beautiful PHOTOS!!

Lorrie said...

That's an amazing and perfect waterlily. Gorgeous shot - thank your husband from all of us! A fun mosiac, too. Such a photographically talented couple you are.

Connie said...

Your water lily takes my breath away . . . Beautiful!

Janey and Co. said...

I so enjoy your hikes and photos.
We were just in Florida for a four day weekend on Longboat Key. Love Florida! Have a wonderful week! Janey

Terra said...

That is a beautiful water lily. I used to have Queen of the Night cactus with night blooming flowers that looked like the water lily, kind of amazing the flowers of a water plant and a desert plant would look similar.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Those water lilies are purdy

happyone said...

Lovely pictures. The water lily is beautiful and looks perfect.

Carla from The River said...

I just want to come along!! I love your hiking adventures.

Red Rose Alley said...

The Water Lily is so pretty, Diane. And that tree is so unusual. It reminds me of this tree in the next town over with a trunk that is shaped like a pig's face. I often wonder.....how and why they grow this way? These are really lovely pictures that your husband took of the Water Lily. : )

~Sheri

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Diane, oh what fun hikes and walks you and your husband do together. That is such a pretty water lily. Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
Enjoy the week
Julie xo

BeachGypsy said...

I love the collage of pictures, I love your florida trails and parks! Wow!--you weren't kidding-----that IS ONE PERFECT flower! Love it, it's so pretty. Hope your week is going great and do y'all hike during the week or just on weekends?

Ricki Treleaven said...

Beautiful water lily. It is perfect! This post is encouraging me to look up a few of Monet's water lilies! Pretty mosaic, too!

xo,
RJ

Debbie said...

Water lilies are a favorite here, too. Love their scent, and the site of dragon flies flitting from one to another in the summer. You take such wonderful photos.
Debbie
xo

Zaa said...

Your pictures are beautiful and of course the water lily is so SPECIAL ...I can hardly wait for ours to surface ... which will be awhile yet.. but your photos are so inspirational ... I really don’t mind the sap running out of the tree as sometimes it gives you maple syrup... It’s like a lovely spring of golden elixir ... Thanks for sharing the tile....Hugs

Angie said...

Right time, right place, right photographer!!! Perfect is the word ... the petals so white and so symmetrically arranged ... I am guessing it just fully opened. Do you imagine there will be many more of them in the weeks to come?

Ariadne said...

I love waterlilies!AriadnefromGreece!

Lowcarb team member said...

That water lily is so perfect, what a lovely photograph.
I liked your mosaic too.

All the best Jan

Jill Harrison said...

I like loop trails much better than walk out and then have to walk back. Thank you for the views along the way. But I think the water lily is a highlight. Have a fabulous weekend and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

Debbie said...

a perfectly beautiful bloom, similar to my header picture. and taking about header pictures, your new one is so pretty, it reminds me of home!!

and the sap, beastly is a good word for that capture!!! looks like a nice place for a hike!!

Cherdecor said...

That IS one perfect flower. Lovely. Have a great weekend.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It IS absolutely perfect. But so is the way you two find the beauty (and strangeness) everywhere you go. Thanks for sharing all of it.

Pam Jackson said...

I love your shots. Very pretty.