Thursday, July 31, 2008

July 31, 2008

Black Moshannon
Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

Yesterday I decided to take my dog Sophie to a local lake to see if the water lilies were blooming so I could take some photographs to add to my ever growing nature photo collection. We were both in luck as I found a nice secluded spot near the bank of the lake where I could easily view the lilies and my dog could swim to her hearts content.

Water lilies, if I'm not mistaken are also called lotus which has become a very popular symbol of late. The lotus flower grows in muddy waters and rises above the surface to bloom. At night the flowers will close and sink below the surface, rising again in the early hours of the following day.

On this lake in the woods of central Pennsylvania I saw two types of water lilies-white and pink. The pinks were further out in the lake requiring a boat to get to them. While sitting ashore I could hear frogs jumping off lily pads, the noise the crackling of other aquatic plant leaves and the constant buzzing of dragonflies.

It is on days such as this that I realize how lucky I am to be an artist. Part of my work day consisted of sitting on a carved bench observing nature.

Peace always