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Saturday, June 25, 2011

I thought they were just frog beds....



I had NO IDEA lily pads grew flowers.
I truly didn't.


So you can imagine just how enthralled I was when I paddled out on the lake the other night and found these:

I would have posted all the photos I took....but in my new-found knowledge in the fact lily pads do in fact grow blooms,
....you can imagine just how many captures there were.
A ton.

So many in fact, that I think I almost used up my memory card.



I felt like a kid in a candy store.


(NOTE: I did NOT pick this flower.
I found it floating in the middle of the lake all by itself.
Broken off and upside down.
So as not to waste it- I used it to decorate my kayak.)
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And here I thought lily pads were strictly just Frog Beds.


I need to get out more.

52 comments:

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Jaw dropping!!!! It looks like a fantasy world! I didn't know either. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That is the coolest find EVER!! LOVE!!

Sharon said...

You are a riot! Thank you for the laugh... frog beds....

I will agree, the flowers are beautiful and I believe they come in different colors, may just be the fancy ones for folks ponds, I don't know. Yep, you did hit the mother lode and I believe I would have used up my card too!

Widge said...

haha never seen anything like it! I always envisioned lily pads to have only white flowers. maybe? what a cool find

Snappy Di said...

They're quite magical looking. What fun!

Di

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

These are beautiful! Such a pretty flower. I also thught they were white, and flat. What a great find!

Horst in Edmonton said...

Hi Dawn, you certainly did hit the mother load, wonderful, I envy you the find, how wonderful. What a great little lake you have there.

Jack said...

Just wait, Dawn. It gets better!

texwisgirl said...

oh you ar too cute! ours down here are huge white blooms. :)

Mike said...

Amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Farm Girl said...

Wow who knew, I thought they were frog beds too. :) I love that you captured all of these flowers for me who never knew. Your photos are just beautiful.

Farmchick said...

I love these and always think they have a bit of a magical quality...kind of a fairy tale thing I suppose. Love these pictures.

rosaria said...

Wow, what a sight.

Pat Tillett said...

VERY nice photos! Love the colors! Frog beds...

Miz.November said...

Gorgeous. And so much like lotus flowers, which are a sign of hope and perseverance. I can just imagine your delight in running into this scene.

mountain mama said...

wow, very cool! i didn't know they could look like that!

isn't it fun to discover something new??

:)

Kat said...

New follower here - LOVE your photography!

Randy said...

I think that is why Kermit the Frog loves them so much.

Navigating Northward said...

What a gorgeous lake!

Rick said...

Yup - you need to get out more ;-)

I 'liberated' a few of these from a nearby swamp, er wetlands, a couple of years ago and now they produce blooms like this too. I also have some 'domestic' ones which produce awesome blooms.

Great perspectives on these shots Dawn !

Debbie said...

i am surprised you have not seen them before!!!

this spot is soooo full and i love the angle's of the photo's!!!

i recently saw these in hershey, pa. in pink, they were gorgoeus!!!

bon bon said...

they just had a story on NPR (i think that'd be equivalent to your CBC), on things you didn't catch on to until later in life. they called the article "i was absent that day". your new discovery fits perfectly! :oD

wonderful shots! these are kind of alien-looking!

darlin said...

I never knew this neither Dawn, mind you I don't have access to ponds or lakes nearby unfortunately. These are beautiful, I would have been just as amazed as you to discover this! Fantastic shots!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

I am amazed, must be wonderful to paddle out to these beauties and very "clever" blossom ! beautiful indeed ...

Judith said...

How lucky are you, paddling around with all those flowers. Would love to see them again when they are open more.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Wow these are beautiful! I did not know they had flowers either and gorgeous

Buttons said...

Dawn I would have used up a whole memory card too. They are absolutely beautiful We think alike we do.
Oh how I wish I was with you on this peaceful beautiful lake. You are one lucky girl. Thanks for making my morning. B

Out on the prairie said...

They use the seed pods for floral decorations. these are without petals. A very exotic bloom Dawn.

Clint said...

Beautiful!

Saz said...

Wow! What gorgeous photo's!! I can see why you would want to get loads of photo's! I certainly would if it was me. (: Amazing!

Coolkayaker1 said...

The joys of kayaking. Seeing the world from such a unique vantage -- one with the horizon, able to see into the water, feel it. Paddle in to small coves. Able to pull up on tiny islands. It's an absolute pleasure to paddle a small boat.

Gerreke said...

Oh meid wat een geweldig mooie foto's zeg. Nou daar geniet ik echt van hoor! Vooral die tweede foto vind ik helemaal top!

Lieve groet,
Gerreke

Robin said...

Pleased to see you're back blogging ... and what an amazing "pond" for a paddle.

Joe said...

Neat pics. I don't think I've ever seen that many in one place.

Mike said...

How was the tri? Very cool you can do triathlons with your son. I would love to do one with my kids but they aren't interested.

Happy hour starts at 5 and dinner at 6:30. Better hurry!

laughwithusblog said...

This is just SO cool. I didn't know either!

heyBJK said...

Wow, these photos remind me so much of the lakes in northern Michigan! There would be flowers everywhere! Lily pads alone aren't much to look at, but when the flowers bloom it's a beautiful sight. Love the pictures, Dawn!

Allison said...

Very beautiful and such an interesting post! You got great shots of those. Enjoy your summer kayaking days while you can, Dawn!!

Samantha said...

GREAT photos..just amazing!

ladyfi said...

Water lilies are just fabulous - like your photos!

missing moments said...

LOL ... don't ya love it when you discover something different than what you thought it was! Great photos!

Cat said...

Dawn that is so funny!
Isn't it awesome when we continue to learn about the world around us?
Lilly pads produce many different beautiful flowers of amny different colours...they are amazing

Hey friend did my half this past weekend...it went really well!
2:07:30
whahoo beat my time from last year by 7 minutes!

hope all is well with you

Love and Light

Melissa Jo said...

Looks like a peaceful retreat! Great photos btw!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Frog beds? Hahaha! That turnip truck you just fell off of is leaving. ;)

Beautiful photos, Dawn. The yellow is vibrant.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Yes! Come to NYC! I'll give you the grand tour. You can return the favor when I make it up to Canada some day! :)

*Honest Abe said...

When they bloom you are going to fill up another card. That will be a beautiful sight.

Richard said...

Beautiful images, looks like they should be in a magazine. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,Pa

Judy said...

I just love seeing these and the white lotus...so pretty!

Alli said...

I didn't know either! I thought they might grow them but right at the base, I didn't know they would pop upright like that! How cool.

Lynette said...

Beautiful photos...you are one brave lady to take a camera onto the water.

Tammy said...

Dawn, that second shot is awesome! Such great depth. I love it!

Janie said...

I see lily pads in the mountains with flowers just like these. Great photos.