Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography




Outside the Phipps Conservatory in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh you will find the Aquatic Gardens.  The water pond is filled with water and floating plants including water lilies.




Standing watch over the pond, is a century-old statue of Neptune, the Roman sea-god.  He wears a seaweed skirt and stands on a shell with his trident held in his right hand, its tines pointing upward.

Quotes About Water Lily

“I think that the best kind of change, is the change that comes from the inside and begins it’s way out until it emerges on the outside; a change that is born underneath then continues and spreads until it has reached the surface. That’s a true change. A powerful change. And I have found that while we are emerging, changing into something glorious; it is actually us becoming who we really are. A water lily is born underneath the water, inside the soil at the bottom of the river or lake. And the water lily has always been a water lily for that whole time that it was sprouting out of the wet soil, reaching up through the dark water towards the sunlight, stretching and grasping for the surface; where it then buds and blooms on the outside in the sunshine. It doesn’t bud and bloom on the surface and then try to reach down below into the soil.” 

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10 Responses to “TAGGED W – WATER LILY”

  1. Oh, Francine, this is so beautiful!!! 🙂

  2. I do love them and thanks for sharing.

  3. I love to view and photograph these species…so precious!

  4. Water Lilies are so serene and beautiful.

  5. Water lilies in bloom: a sure sign that summer is here. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us, Francine.

  6. Nice shots; love water lilies and love the quote!

  7. It’s fascinating the way the water lily grows. Beuaty is even in the darkest waters if we look closely. Superb entry, Francine.

  8. They are such exquisite flowers!

  9. hi Francine, you amused me with your Neptune sculpture: well dressed man!

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