2018—Water Lily Roses
A Swallowtail was flitting about the Butterfly Bush in my backyard at noon. That, of course, triggered me into photographer mode and I attached the 300mm lens to my Nikon D500, my “birds in flight” combo of choice, and walked out in the midday sun. There was a distracting clump of bay leaves in the foreground so I sat down to wait for the butterfly to find another flower on which to feed. As I surveyed my yard to determine how much work I need to do to make my garden presentable, my eyes lit on a pair of rose blossoms on Judy Garland, a potted hybrid tea rose tree that had been my mother’s and that I have managed to keep alive for 3 years. With the bright midday sun shining on the flowers, the background all but disappeared and their shapes reminded me of water lilies floating on a pond.