Water Lily ( Nymphaea alba)

The largest flower native to Britain, which flowers June to August. The water lily has fleshy underwater stems that can reach upto 6ft below the surface. The flowers don't open until mid morning and start to close (like this one) in early evening partly sinking beneath the surface of the water. The flower, which has around twenty petals, and the large almost circular leaves float on the surface of the water. The flower is also thought of as a symbol of purity.

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M Smith 22 Jun 2011

Beautiful flower & story!

Michael Easter 17 Dec 2008

AWESOME shot man!!!!

gerry logan 26 Jul 2008

fantastic story line I did not know all that about the water lily flower what a fantastic shot of this beauty

Artist Reply: Thank you Gerry I really appreciate your kind words. Regards Andy S

v blair 21 Jul 2008

Such a lovely shot Andrew...the flowers are so beautiful!

Artist Reply: Thank you I'm glad you liked it. Regards Andy S

Tammy Heywood 21 Jul 2008

Stunning shot Stuart, I love it. My mother once tried in a pond to pluck one...lol. She did not accomplish it as you are right the roots go down quite deep. Needless to say she got very wet.

Artist Reply: LOL Oh your poor mother, thanks for sharing that. I'm pleased that you liked it. Regards Andy S