Monday, August 6, 2012

Water Lilies on the Mississippi River

These are not your common garden-type water lilies. You can get an idea of the size from the center photo. They grow in huge rafts on the Mississippi River but stay a respectable distance from the shore. Each of the pads are about 14 to 18 inches across and the flowers are about 10 to 12 inches. In the bottom picture, if you look closely you will see what the seed pod ultimately looks like. In the top picture, you can just see the pod forming in the center of the flower. The final pod is a common part of dried flower arrangements and I never realized where they came from. Now I know and so do you.

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