The ethereal beauty of a water lily pond always makes you think of Monet’s series of oil paintings depicting his famed flower garden at Giverny. Of the around 250 of these that are displayed at museums all over the world, I got the priceless glimpses of a few at the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris.
But this is no Giverny. This is my everyday neighborhood pond that sometimes suddenly transforms its ordinariness into a spectacle when the white and pink lilies bloom and rock to and fro in the ripples of the water.
It is wonderful to see large lily pads floating on gently rippled pond. The lily pads do not actually disturb the water as they mostly sit on the surface and just bob around. Their stems beneath the water just slows the current a little rather than making noticeable ripples.
The result is a gentle maze of waves crisscrossing the surface creating an intricate pattern.
The water lilies, besides looking great, also maintain the well-being of the ponds they inhabit: by providing shade to keep the water temperature down thus sheltering fish and keeping the algae growth down by blocking out a lot of sunlight. They also absorb nutrients in the water that would normally feed these undesirable green plants and this keeps the water clear and clean.
The gentle quiet solace of a pond, the soothing movement of the spreading ripples, the blooming beauty of the water lilies…this is THE respite for the soul.
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