Lilies of the Field...

This area I walk often is part inlet water and chaparral...desert meets the bay! It was set aside as a nature park for the public; specifically for school-aged children with the learning center so that adolescents and pre-teens can have field trips and be taught about the diverse area of this state of Texas. You have sub-tropic, and low lying dry lands. Filled with wildlife. When I arrived and parked the car to begin my walk, I stopped at the playground/center first. There is a small lily pond. But, at that hour, the lilies were just beginning to open as you notice in the photo to the right. So, I snapped only one photo and moved on to the waterfall park section and then traversed the gravel trails up to the observation tower at the bay's inlet...seeing willets, stilts, egrets, herons, ducks, gulls, and one osprey. This tower is highly elevated [for us sea level dwellers] and there is always a cool breeze blowing through...shaded and a nice stopping place to enjoy the quietude and watch wildlife. There was a lady [named Carol ---she is a volunteer at the wetlands] I've talked with oftentimes. She told me that she had just seen a white-tailed deer and her two fawns.] Anyway, I digress. Since this post is about the water lilies.  After more traversing the many paths through mesquite, cactus, and palo verde trees in bloom, I once again took a side track back to the lily pond and they were now wide open...



As I left to head back to the car, through the butterfly garden, I stopped to photograph the palo verde blossoms [palo verde meaning green stick *the bark is green] and the turning of the mesquite leaves:

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  1. Those water lilies are beautiful

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  2. Ooooo Anni, these photos are BEYOND stunning! I love them all, but that first one of the water lily beginning to open is PHENOMINAL! I especially love how you captured the tiny ripples of water around the base of the lily. Belllissima!

    Aren't water lilies gorgeous? They are such a calming and peace-looking flower, aren't they?

    Thanks so much for sharing the beauty, my friend! And have a grrrrreat day!

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  3. the lilies are so beautful form bud to half open to full open. they are a wow experience in your photos...

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  4. Love the water lilies. They have always been one of my favorites♥

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    1. Me too. I especially like the white ones...they are so"pure".

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  5. Wonderful images. The beebum held my attention - probably longer than it should have! Great shot!

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  6. Your lily images are spectacular! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Water lilies are a favorite but haven't seen any in a while. This was a treat. Thanks.

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  8. I love your waterlily photos! "I love BEE BUTTS and I cannot lie" lol. Not too far from you, in San Angelo, is one of the best waterlily gardens in the world! Right in the desert. Your palo verdes are blooming again for fall! Now that's a treat.

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    1. I will have to do a Google search now!!

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  9. With your pictures & accompanying words, Anni, I always feel like I'm right there with you. Your blog is a field trip unto itself!!! Thank you for that! ~Andrea xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks for coming along with me Andrea.

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  10. We have a small pond in our back yard, and until last year had enjoyed several different varieties of water lilies in it: bright pink, apricot, white, and yellow. For some reason, none have flowered since the pandemic! I really miss them. Nice to see these blooms here.

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  11. Gorgeous photos! and I can even see that the honey sacs on the bee's legs are full!

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  12. It bears repeating them are good! mom would have love them,
    she loved her flowers.

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    1. My dad was the gardener of the family...flowers (and veggie)

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  13. The water lilies are so elegant and your pictures are amazing.

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  14. The lilies are just so beautiful and the bee is a bonus.
    Sounds such a great place to go walking.

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    1. It is. Always something to see and enjoy.

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  15. They were wide open and you captured them beautifully. I am intrigued with the area you describe as "inlet water and chaparral...desert meets the bay." What a wonderful place to walk...and often!

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  16. Anni! These pics are just gorgeous! You got them with such pretty lighting.

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  17. When our nearby lake is covered with water lilies I ask my hubby to 'grab' me one with his cane when we're crossing on the boardwalk. Then when we get home I float it in the bird bath.

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    1. I've often thought of grabbing one. Lol

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  18. Oh, my, they are beautiful! And glad you showed the Palo Verde because I was headed to google it. I cannot retain what it looks like in my brain...and I bet I have looked it up at least half a dozen times, if not more.

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    1. I was surprised when we moved here....to see desert. Lol

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  19. They’re gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  20. Definitely my kind of place, a great area for adults as well as well as children. The waterlily photos are gorgeous, and especially loved the bees, the one showing the motion of its wings, and the others with the pollen collected on their tiny legs, and the one with the tiny flies waiting in the wings, no pun intended. The palo verde and the mesquite leaves, all are nature at its best! Wonderful post, thanks Anni :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the walk around the Lily pond Denise.

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  21. Spectacular photos today. I especially like the bee with his pollen pockets and the flies on the lily. They all are pretty stupendous though.
    Sue

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    1. Thanks Sue. It's one of my favorite areas of this park.

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  22. Beautiful....

    It's hot (where you live) yes, but the weather produces lovely things, to look at and appreciate. -smile-

    🍁🍂🌻🍇🌻🍂🍁

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    1. Yes the heat is brutal in the summer months, but I love the other 9 months of the year

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  23. Lillies on a lily pad are one of my favorite flowers. They way they sit on the water is beautiful and unique!

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  24. Ah...the water lilies. so delicate. so juicy. Soft. Gorgeous. Calming. Well, you know. Thanks for taking me on your walk with you. Oh, and that rainbow bird you asked about a couple weeks ago. Yes, it is mine. But it is simply a scratch pad someone gave me. A fun thing to pass some minutes with.

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  25. THE WATER LILIES ARE SO BEAUTIFUL.

    ALL THE BEST JAN

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