This morning started with fog, followed by rain, then finally sunshine. After making sure the sun was there to stay, I went to the lotus pond near our house to photograph this year’s flowers. There were not many yet, it’s still too early for them.
There were many dragonflies flying around the pond. The Eastern Amberwings darted here and there, their orange color contrasting sharply with the green lotus leaves.
Today I took a quick trip to the lotus pond in early morning, when it was still not too hot. The flowers were mostly gone, with fewer than a dozen left, like this one below.
There were many pods, some filled with large seeds, right next to flower buds still trying to bloom.
Nearby, in deep shade, hosta flowers were in full bloom. The buds were white and a pale lavender at the tips.
Finally, the dragonflies were as plentiful as ever. I tried to snap a few shots of some that were flying and buzzing around from end of the pond to the other, but nothing came out well. Finally, I had to settle for a stationery Blue Dasher basking in the warm sun.
It’s been a month since my last trip to the lotus pond. I’ve been meaning to go back and take more pictures, but haven’t done so yet, mainly because it’s been so hot.
The following photo is a monochrome version of a shot taken last month. Since the flower is white, it lends itself easily to this b&w treatment.
At the height of summer, a trip to the lotus pond near our home has become an annual event for me. The pond is not too large but well maintained, endowed with many white and pink lotus flowers. There are plenty of shade trees around it to protect photographers from the sun and the heat. This morning, at the golden hour I went there and “owned” the pond for a half hour before others arrived. All of the flowers were white, as the pink ones usually bloom as much as two weeks later.
For the following photos I used two Canon lenses: a 180 mm macro lens and a 400 mm lens, both reputed to be among the sharpest lenses with excellent colors.
The Lotus flowers have started to bloom. This morning there were only two flowers that had opened up, but I still managed to take quite a few shots, especially with bees and dragonflies hovering and flitting near them.
The lotus pond is only about five miles from our house. At the beginning of summer, it has mostly white flowers, and the red or pink ones don’t bloom until several weeks later. Yesterday the pond looked very green still, with not too many flowers.
The bees of course were very busy and at times there were several on a single flower.
A dilemma I have is that so many shots came out that were just as nice looking as the above. I didn’t want to clutter this page with too many shots, and thus slow down the display of this page. But if you want to see more of these white lotus photos, let me know in your comments and I’ll post some more on the next post.