I've had lilies on my mind lately, but this week I got the opportunity to shoot a different kind, the water lily.
A friend invited me to her lake property and said she had a patch of water lilies just off her deck. I looked forward to photographing them.
Water lilies can be somewhat challenging to photograph. They typically don't open up until mid-morning, and then they close mid to late afternoon. Each flower lasts just a few days before settling under the water to rot.
As we watched the lily pads begin to open, I was excited to see their lovely flowers.
I was a little frustrated though because I was eager to see the inner workings of the lily. I considered wading into the water to photograph it from the top, but my friend discouraged me from doing that because the water was mucky.
Then I got a little help from the wind and a jet ski. As the wind picked up and the jet ski created some wake, the lilies began to bounce around in the water in several directions.
I was lucky to catch the full view as the flower tilted in my direction.
Such a beautiful flower! No wonder Monet made them one of his favorite subjects to paint.