For some reason, I find this image “musical.” I’m not sure why. There seems to be a rhythm created by the placement of the lily pads and the sweeps of their stems. I even like the tiny flecks of color floating on the surface of the pond around them, duckweed and petals from small flowers. I wouldn’t hang this image on my wall because it’s not that beautiful, but I like listening to it. :-)
A storm flipped half of this lilypad and I was surprised at the difference in color on the underside of it. I’d never given the undersides any thought before, but I now see that some are colored like this while others are the same color as the tops. I have no idea why. There is no larger version of this image. Sorry.
I was surprised how early the waterlilies began to sprout leaves. At about the same time the ice left the millpond, leaves began to unfurl below the surface. By the middle of April when the daytime temperatures were often still in the mid-40s many had reached the surface. Now, at the beginning of May, I’m seeing the fully-formed lily buds below the surface as their stalks grow toward the sky. I noticed that at least 20% of the lily pads (I wonder why they’re called that.) were damaged by the time they reached the surface. Maybe insect larva and fish chew on the tender sprouts when they first emerge from the earth.