we park the car at the side of the road
and hop out for a quick photo.
A palisade of pines frame the pond,
and like an impressionist painting,
blurry images shimmer across the water’s surface.
Behind the blades
scattered amid wide green lilly-pads,
pink buds wait for the morning sun to wake them,
commencing the grand opening
when they share their glory
with a wandering soul.
Above the drone of hidden arthropods.
a bob-white announces, “I’m here.”
During the next several minutes,
each flower changes from pink to white
and I rejoice
to be here, too.
We visited Reflection Pond on a camping trip at Ochlockonee River State Park located near Sopchoppy, Florida. A quick photo stop turned into a half-hour visit as Herb and I a watched a water lily open. Reflection pond is aptly named. Time seemed to stand still as we pondered the beauty of the scene. I felt like we had witnessed something special.
More about water lilies:
- The blooms open in the morning and close in the afternoon. Each plant blooms for three to four days.
- The flowers grow from underground stems. These stems can stretch which helps the lily adjust to rising water levels.
- Water lilies are beneficial to ponds because they help control algae and stabilize the water temperature.
- If your birthday is in July, the water lily is your flower!
Thank you for reading my post. An earlier post entitled Being expresses a similar theme of living in the moment in the Florida Keys. Nature has much to offer if we slow down and take notice of our surroundings. May your summer be blessed with special moments outdoors.