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Copyright: quang duc (cohoi) (81)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-25
Categories: Flowers, Water Plants
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f3.5-5.6 II, Kingston CF 2GB 100x
Exposure: f/22, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-13 5:39
Viewed: 5110
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue Waterlily (Nymphaea caerulea), also known as the Egyptian Blue Lily or Sacred Blue Lily, is a blue water-lily in the genus Nymphaea that grows upon the Nile, amongst other locations. It is not to be confused with Blue Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera). It has historically been known as the Blue Lotus and Sacred Lotus, particularly in discussing its revered status among the Ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Abyssinians, and any number of historic African civilizations of the ancient world.

The leaves are broadly rounded, 25-40 cm across, with a notch at the leaf stem. The flowers are 10-15 cm diameter. Reports in the literature by persons unfamiliar with its actual growth and blooming cycle have suggested that the flowers open in the morning, rising to the surface of the water, then close and sink at dusk. In fact, the flower buds rise to the surface over a period of two to three days, and when ready, open at approximately 9-9:30am and close about 3pm. The flowers and buds do not rise above the water in the morning, nor do they submerge at night. The flowers have pale bluish-white to sky-blue petals, smoothly changing to a pale yellow in the centre of the flower.

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Hello Quang,
I like a lot the composition of your photo.
Perhaps it lacks of sharpen and focus on the open flower.

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