Of all the exotic flowers I must admit I like water lilies a lot. I also like orchids, and irises, and lilies. But water lilies are dear to me.
One of my favourite artists, Claude Monet, also loved them. He painted about 250 of them over the years. For the last 30 years of his life water lilies were perhaps his main subject. I can see why. His paintings are now on display around the world. Last year we saw many of them at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, one of my favorite art museums.
Monet painted many water lilies from his flower garden near his home in Giverny. I would love to go there to photograph them. There is a photo tour of that garden with a workshop for photographers each year. Attending that is high on my bucket list. Until then I will have to content myself with photographing water lilies in the wild or the English Country Garden in Winnipeg, one of my favorite places.
There are many varieties of water lilies but in Manitoba we have only two native ones. The white is my favourite Manitoba water lily.