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When lily blooms

Smile adds the beauty of flowers...
blue lily
A lily! and pure as any one of you
Symbolizing humility and devotion
Flower of water garden
A morning-glory at my window-Deborah Downes
Blue lily

The water lily doesn't resemble standard terrestrial lilies, it's often fragrant and eye-catching while it lasts. The blooms tend to have 25 petals or more per flower. The life of lily flower is 3-5 to days sometimes a week, which opens during the day and closes at night.

Although they are lovely flowers and attract the visitors and photographers. Lily pads gives a natural ambiance to the pond, they can wreak havoc with the ecosystem as they quickly spreads around the pond. Too many water lilies can cut off all light and air to the water and choke out other plants. The aquatic life like fish do not get sunlight and oxygen if Lilies are more in pond. But for other pond inhabitants gets safe havens for creatures such as frogs and snails, and a variety of insects use the lily pads as hosts for their eggs. These leaves help gain nutrients from the sun so the plant has enough energy to produce the lilies.

The blue waterlily, also known as the Indian Blue Lotus is a water-lily that is found in India. The leaves are broadly rounded, 25-40 cm across, with a notch at the leaf stem. The flowers are 10-15 cm diameter, The blue petals, smoothly changes to a pale yellow in the centre of the flower. There is variety of sky-blue colored lily are called Egyptian 'lotus'. It is also found growing along the Nile. It was considered extremely significant in Egyptian mythology, since it rose and fell with the sun. Consequently, due to its colourings, it was identified, in some beliefs, as having been the original container, in a similar manner to an egg, of Atum, and in similar beliefs Ra, both solar deities.

The beautiful water lily has different meanings in different cultures. It has its own spiritual and aesthetic value.The water lily is the National flower of Bangladesh. It symbolizes love and life, and is used in almost every religious ceremony.

However I have taken few photographs of different lilies to post at JPG site.

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3 responses

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (4 Dec 2017):

    A beautiful story Sarog and the images are exquisite!

  • Gail Haberman

    Gail Haberman   said (5 Dec 2017):

    Very beautiful photography and informative narrative. Excellent and gets my vote for story of the week!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (29 May 2019):

    A wonderful photo essay with beautiful pictures and you have my vote!

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