The first day of the last week of my holiday. The weather has been a mixed bag like it has been pretty much all month – rain and shine. At least the wind is easy, but it’s just the calm before the storm (tomorrow is promising to be blustery and rainy).

I went for a walk with the 300mm lens, thinking that the conditions would be good for the big gun. I didn’t find many subjects, but when I glanced at the bay which peeked between the trees below me, I saw some white dots and used the 300mm as a telescope and confirmed that they must indeed be white waterlilies! This is just unbelievable – how many times have I written about my attraction to the white waterlilies and the story behind it? I rushed back, told my parents that I found white waterlilies so Dad (slightly doubtful) and I rowed into the bay to have a look. When all we could see was yellow waterlilies, I started to doubt myself – but then, after getting past yet another bank of reeds, there they were. I counted eight individuals in bloom and there were a lot of buds also.

Call me sentimental, call me a fool, or call me a sentimental fool, but I almost got a little bit misty eyed. It’s been almost 3 decades since we’ve last seen white waterlilies in this lake, even Dad was calling this the best discovery of the summer.

White waterlily
White waterlily

It’s not the best of pictures, but it’s a white waterlily, in our little bay. You have been missed.

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