49 thoughts on “Reverie

  1. Lovely words to accompany an equally lovely image. And yes, fall is approaching. We are already noticing that it gets dark earlier – it is after all more than a month past the summer solstice.

    1. Geography may not be everything, but it does make a difference. We’ll not start getting a real sense of autumn until mid-to-late September, and sunset here still is well after 8 p.m. On the other hand, there is some stirring among the birds; it won’t be too many more weeks until some begin flocking up for migration. In the meantime, we’ll continue to enjoy these summer sights.

  2. “Autumn’s crisp renewal” is great, and it’s a lovely photo, with nice curving ripples. I’m hoping summer’s current keeps flowing, so the air-conditioning works!

    1. It’s been so windy here this year that finding a nice, smooth surface on the water hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world — let alone a surface so free of debris, duckweed, and general detritus. Honestly, I didn’t realize what I had until I got home and looked at the image. I’d been so focused on the flower, I’d missed the pretty water.

      There’s high excitement here today, as a cool front with lower humidity’s been promised. If it stalls in Dallas/Ft.Worth, that wailing you hear will be grief-stricken coastal residents.

    2. In your first sentence Robert you said everything I wanted to say about this fabulous photo (thank you). Linda, this is gorgeous! The ripple adds so much depth and movement and I’m left wondering why we always seem to try for calm shots. The ripple is a great foil to the very upright lily.

      1. Thinking about it, I’ve realized that I usually avoid calm water in photos. Maybe it’s a holdover from my sailing days, when reading the water was such an important skill. Perfectly calm water is mute, but water that’s rippled, or frothy, or wave-ridden, is filled with stories and information. In the end (and with a certain amount of luck) this photo turned out to be a nearly-perfect balance of water and lily: quite appropriate, actually.

  3. Had me at the first line and the picture twin
    It is time to try and hang onto that languishing seasonal float
    (It’s weird but the crepes and a couple of the water birches are accessorizing with a bit of red and gold already…Hmmm)

    1. I’ve noticed some red leaves, too, and not only on trees. It didn’t seem likely to me that they were temperature related, so I went snooping and found this article with the obviously relevant title, “Why Are My Plant Leaves Turning Red in Summer?”

      Apparently phosphorous plays quite a role. Here’s just one tidbit: “In overly wet conditions, oxygen needed for healthy root activity gets displaced and plants can’t take up the water and nutrients they need. Without moisture and phosphorus, sugars build up and red leaves appear.” Lack of water can be an issue, too. It’s a short article, but I learned a lot from it.

      I don’t know about you, but I intend to be up really early tomorrow morning, ready to enjoy every minute of this lower humidity. It’s not real autumn, but it’s pretty nice.

    1. Clear, pretty water can be in short supply around here, but on this day there was good visibility and an absence of waterfowl. I like the birds, but they can make photos like this one difficult because of their comings and goings. I’m glad you found both the photo and haiku appealing — thanks for taking the time to say so.

  4. Oh yes…… if I had to choose just one season, it would be autumn.
    The winter winds have kept me stationary, and this morn is misty rain, so we’ll see what awaits in New horizons. No beautiful waterlilies such as here though. It’s desert country.

    1. Every now and then I stop to realize how much we’re able to do because of this technology we bless and curse, depending on circumstances. After you said you’ve had wind and a bit of rain, I did a quick search and got the seven-day forecast for Quorn. If that’s your current area, there’s sunshine and not such strong winds ahead: happy travels!

      I do love autumn. Spring’s lovely for the masses of flowers and the return of color, but autumn has clear, cool air, and blue skies, and that poignant edge to keep things interesting. The water lilies go away, but we have fall flowers to take their place — all beautiful, just as the desert is beautiful. Give Fred my regards, and tell him to behave.

    1. Without them, it would have been just another photo, and not a very interesting one at that. I watched the water for a long time, trying to figure out their source, but I never could. I think there must have been water draining into or out of the pond.

  5. It’s been hotter than a $2 pistol firing uphill here in the flatlands. I’m ready for autumn. Unfortunately, we’ll have to trudge through August to get to it. I love how you caught that ripple of water.

    1. I hope you’ve gotten a taste of this cool front that rolled in. It’s 72F here, with 62% humidity and a nice northeast breeze. The AC is off, the windows are open, and I’m fighting the temptation to play hooky from work. At least it’ll be a pleasure to be outdoors today — and for the next two, if the forecast holds.

      The more I look at those ripple, the more I like them. I especially like the way they’re moving in two directions on the left side of the photo, and I like the way they don’t disturb the smooth surface of the water.

    1. The only thing better would be seeing them at the pond this morning. It’s just beautiful here. An unusual cool front has dropped the temperatures and the humidity, and the breeze is stirring from the north. I’ve got every window open, and it’s clear the birds are enjoying this reprieve from the summer heat, too — they’re chirping and singing like a regular dawn chorus.

  6. I love the wave as part of the image. It makes me wonder what has caused the motion…wind, a boat, maybe a goose swimming by. It’s a beautiful moment in time. It’s nice to see another interpretation of a water-lily.

    Odd…it took me several tries and WP kept telling me that I could not post my comment. After I reloaded the page all worked as it should.

    1. The surface of the water was unusually placid that day, without wind ripples or swimming waterfowl, so my first thought was that water coming into or going out of the pond might have caused it the disturbance in the water, much like tidal flow can set up eddies and swirls. Last night, it occurred to me that it might have been a different kind of movement under the surface. I saw several alligators that day; they’ll often submerge and travel underneath the water’s surface. That could stir the water, too.

      In any event, the water and the lily shared the spotlight in this one; I’m glad you like it.

      Every now and then I get that page that’s blank except for the message telling me that they’re really sorry, but “that comment cannot be posted.” As I recall, it often happens when I’ve left a post open in a tab. If it happens when I’ve already written my comment, I just copy the comment, refresh the page, and paste the comment back into the box.

    1. Thank you, Derrick. I was as pleased with the haiku as with the photo. Syllables alone don’t make a haiku, and I felt as though I’d edged toward a more traditional use of the form with this one.

  7. Linda, you’ve penned a lovely Haiku and captured a gorgeous photo. I do hope the nice cooler, less humid air we’re having is reaching you as well!

    1. It was really nice yesterday, and it’s superb this morning: cool, and very low humidity. Tomorrow, the cold front starts backing up and the fun’s over, but that’s ok. Better it should back up than sit out there in the Gulf and turn into a tropical critter.

      There’s a lesson behind this photo. The day was cloudy, and there weren’t many wildflowers around. The birds were somewhere else –but this little gem was blooming away. If there’d been a variety of other treats to enjoy, I might not have paid it as much attention as I did.

  8. What a lovely shot, Linda. There’s something about water lillies that always catches my eye. Whether its the fact that such beautiful blooms stand up straight out of the water which shows their stem strength or just the perfection of their petal shapes.

    I remember being transfixed by one water lily which (literally) snapped open while I was staring at the tightly closed bud. I remember thinking it was just like a miracle at the transformation from bud to completely open flower.

    1. I’ve seen just a few flowers open that quickly; one of them happened to be a lily species in Liberia. Your experience suggests that it might be worth while to spend some time with closed water lilies, just to see if I can catch one of them in the act. Those are the experiences that make slowing down such a good decision.

      Originally, I misidentified this as Nymphaea odorata , but it’s actually N. elegans. One of the differences is that N. odorata floats directly on the water, rather than being held above it on that stem you mentioned. This species is blue, but turns white as it ages; you can just see a hint of the blue still on its petals.

    1. It is that; I’m glad you see it that way, too. I’m thinking I need to make a bit of a jaunt across Galveston Bay now, to a different refuge that often has lotus blooming. Lotus and lilies would make a great combination.

    1. It’s great fun to have a flower I always associated with Asia just floating around the neighborhood. Water gardens are quite the thing here, and there are some beautiful cultivars, but none of them is any more beautiful than our natives.

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