Sunday, February 12, 2012

Glory!




"Look at everything as though you are seeing it for the first time
 or the last time. 
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory."
                                                                 
                                                        Betty Smith




I had never been close enough to a water lily to touch one, until early this morning. I'm so pleased I went out of my way to spend a little time at this manmade pond we frequently drive past, but never stop at.




Two varieties of pink water lily and one white. I was surprised how soft their petals are.







I can't help but give glory to God when I see such amazing beauty before me. All creation sings of His wonders!


Sharing at Weekly Top Shot, I Heart Macro, The Creative Exchange, And Then She Snapped, Sweet Shot Tuesday, Tina's Weekend Flowers, Shoot.Edit.Submit (chosen as the winner), Poetic Winter: Passion, Saturday Sareenity.


81 comments:

Tina´s PicStory said...

how beautiful! :)

HANS-PETER ZÜRCHER said...

Wunderschöne Seerosen!...

Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Hans-Peter

Karin M. said...

Wow, sooooo great photo work.
...absolutely perfect, beautiful water lilies...
Best regards, Karin

Rosanna Maisch said...

Wunderschön bereichernd, derweil bei uns Eisblumen blühen...

Liebe Grüsse von Rosanna

Joop Zand said...

Fantastic pictures with lovely light and colors.

Greetings, Joop

Isabelle said...

How beautiful they are! thank you for this lovely post today :)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Wonderful photographs.

Regards and best wishes

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful shots!

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Just wonderful!
Greetings
Angela

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous shots of the waterlilies. The colors are beautiful. Happy Sunday!

Juliana said...

Amazing pics!
The first & the last ones are superb!
Have a nice weekend!
xoxo,Juliana

Pam said...

Amen to that, Karen.
God gives us amazing gifts if only we open our hearts and minds.

Have a joyous Sunday.
Hugs,
Pam :)

holdingmoments said...

Great quote, and beautiful pictures.

Jana said...

Wunderschöne Seerosen.
Bei uns in Germany ist es sehr kald.
-10 grad.
Ich freue mich auch auf den Frühling.
Liebe gRüße Jana

Kateri said...

These are gorgeous. And I love the quote!

Judy said...

I just love water lilies, amazing shots!

My Life Under the Bus said...

One of my favorite flowers especially the pink! Lovely shots!

LadyFi said...

Wow - water lilies really are amazingly beautiful - just like your photos.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous, breathtaking flowers and so are your captures for the day! Such beautiful colors! Thanks for sharing the beauty! What a great way to start my day -- any day!

Sylvia

Patti Van said...

Gorgeous photos! You need to blow those up, frame them, and put them on a wall!

Shel said...

Your photos are incredibly beautiful. I'm glad you got to get this close!! Amazing!

Deanna said...

So special!!

Giga said...

Uwielbiam lilie wodne i dziękuję za ich cudowne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam. *** I love the water lilies and thank you for the wonderful pictures. Yours.

Marion said...

Lovely pictures, the soft colors are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
Best regards, Marion

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

SO gorgeous! I'm so glad you decided to join us and share at Weekly Top Shot :-) I hope you'll come share again next week!

Gone Country said...

These are stunning... the light and composition are gorgeous!

geanina said...

wow...very very beautiful! :)

Annette said...

You truly captured the beauty of these lovely flowers!

Bruce Clark said...

All your shots are wonderful but the bottom closeup shot is near perfect. The lighting and exposure are right on the money.

laveta'splace said...

What beautiful photos and what wonderful thoughts. I'll be back often to see your beautiful part of the world.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful pictures and such good advice to see things as if you are seeing them for the first, or the last time.

Karen said...

Glorious indeed!

Rohrerbot said...

Incredible closeups! Beautiful flowers on those pond lilies. Everything with a fresh eye is so true! Life sure does fly by.

Laura said...

gorgeous...what a beautiful quote...and sooooo true!

My Beautiful World said...

Magic quote so true. So lovely to be back visiting you my dear sweet friend I have missed seeing your wonderful posts and have enjoyed catching up with them all just beautiful I forgot how much I loved your music too. Hope you have an amazing Valentine’s Day.

Always Wendy

Chelsea said...

Beautiful!

Rena said...

Wow, such amazing beauty and color! I especially love the middle pic...such color, lines and designs.

Jeanne said...

Karen these are totally amazing! Yes, all of nature certainly sings of His glory!! In every flower, and every species! Makes you fall down in wonder!

Leanne said...

They are just beautiful- I love the light in all of these, particularly the first. LOve the quote too.

Heidi said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Linda R said...

What beautiful photos. And your quote goes with these photos perfectly!!

Hugs, Linda

Jan said...

It has all been said, glorious photos, glad you stopped.

Dave said...

Beautifl Karen. These water lillies look great! - Dave

Sweepy said...

Woof!
This is the first time I see a flower in a pond like this so I will not pretend. They look drooly pretty!

Lui said...

What wonderful shots! I remember playing in a waterlily pond as a child and how one of my playmates fell and realized to our horrors how deep and dangerous it is after all!

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Oh glory indeed!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, gorgeous. Y'know, I don't think I've EVER stopped to touch a petal. Wonderful...now you have something in your life that I don't. I want to touch one now. LOL


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lisa said...

My goodness, how very beautiful each of these are. Extra special to me, since the deer ate each one of the waterlilies on our pond last year! :-( Hoping for better luck this year!

Thank you so much for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a great day!

lisa.

EG Wow said...

AH! Summer can be so beautiful!

marit´s,,, said...

Oh so beautiful pictures and flowers, water lilies look like a flower from another planet.
Marit.

Em S said...

So true! I've never touched one, but they look like they are very delicate!

gina said...

Wonderful capture of these beautiful water lilies. The quote fits your images so well!

Helma said...

Really beautiful these water lilies. So pretty sharp and the colors are truly magnificent. Compliment is certainly in place.

Greetings, Helma

Pixiloo said...

I love water lilies. Your photos are just stunning. I especially love the one of the pond. I can almost feel the ripples in the water.

Hilda R.B said...

Beautiful photos!
Great job!

Ocean Soul said...

You knock it out of the park with your photos! The quote was perfect and I heard a version of it today in this video...It is from the guy who does time lapse photography, you will totally appreciate it:

http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxSF-Louie-Schwartzberg-Grati#.Tu38l0b5ARQ

dandelion67 said...

Delicate and strong at the same time.
I visited a park with adjoining lakes with "Water Lilies".
But you can not get to touch them.
A wonderful opportunity you have been able to bring in pictures, and generously share the magic of Mother Earth.
Thank you.
Best wishes..
dandelìon

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Glorious, Buon San Valentino.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

So pretty. I can't wait till spring to see ours appear again. V

Kim Stevens said...

WOW! Each and every one of these is so beautiful and I'm so glad you stopped!

"All creation sings with His wonders" - you are absolutey right!

Linda Makiej said...

beautiful work... have a great week!! :)

ally said...

stunning lillies
I always enjoy visiting here

Life Images by Jill said...

so beautiful! these lillies are stunning! And I love the quote at the beginning of your post - so true.
Thankyou for sharing. And thankyou also for stopping by my blog to say hi. Have a wonderful week.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

I've never touched one, either, & wouldn't have guessed the petals would be soft... They're undeniably beautiful! =)

Liz said...

Such amazing and beautiful images! Karen, you have captured the beauty perfectly.
It must be the week for water lillies! We discovered hundreds on our visit to Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens on Sunday.

Carole M. said...

soooo beautiful

Tina´s PicStory said...

thanks for sharing your wonderful flowers with us :)

Molly said...

The more and more I see of Australia the more and more I realise that it is a truly beautiful land. One day maybe I might get to see some of it with my own eyes.... you never know!

Mollyxxx

Amanda said...

Your water lilies are AMAZING!! Beautiful photos!!!

Modern Mom said...

Gorgeous lilies!

Pink Serendipity

Linda said...

Such beautiful lilys. Tell me, did you have to get in the water to get those shots lol.
Not the easiest flower to photograph IMO and I love the clarity of your pictures.
Beautiful!

Linda
http://coachhousecraftingonabudget.blogspot.com/p/polytunnel-gardening.html

Kim said...

Once again you just amaze me! The sharpness is just fantastic in these. I can see all of the tiny texture and detail on the petals of that first one. Beautiful!!

Jaymi said...

these are really beautiful!

Aud's Space said...

Amazing photographs and sentiments!

guild-rez said...

Beautiful pictures of very beautiful water lilies.

anastasia said...

beautiful!
I like the music, too.
Have a great weekend!

Satakieli said...

So beautiful! I love the second one especially :)

Thanks for taking part in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge!

Aiketa said...

Water lilies are for sure one of my fav flowers!!! They have some kind of magic to me.

I loved your quote from Betty Smith! It's so true!!! I'm going to do it though as if it was the first time, not the last because then could be kind of sad... but the excitement of the first times are great!!!

I'm visiting from Saturday Sareenity.

Regards from Barcelona.

alicia said...

These are exquisite captures. I love water lilies and you've done them proud. Love that first quote- so true. Thanks so much for linking to our Poetic Winter Challenge!

Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud said...

These are so, so lovely! Thanks so much for joining us in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge. We're moving on to our final theme on Friday, Calm. Hope you'll stop by and join us again. Have a great day!

Tito Eric said...

Absolutely beautiful photographs! I ;ove 'em all!

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