Lotus & Water Lily Cultural Festival – 7/19/2014

I am back… 😉 Exhausted, but had a wonderful time. It is one of the best trips I have ever had!

The day after I arrived at Maryland, my brother-in-law Huey and my sister Yvonne took us to Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens for its Lotus & Water Lily Cultural Festival (Thank you, Huey and Yvonne!!!) Oh My God! I have never seen so many lotus blossoms in such a close distance. Huge flowers! And every one of them is beautiful!

Cee has posted many great photos of lotus blossoms. At first, I worried if my photos would end up as imitations of Cee’s – not as good as originals, but carry the same flavor. Now I look at my photos again, it amazes me how two people can photograph the same flower but come out with different yet both beautiful results (Yes, I think mine are beautiful too. Ha.)

Here are some of mine. It is very difficult to pick, so first I make a decision on the number of photos that I want to post and then it is more like “whichever I saw first got posted”.









Kids had fun touching snakes… etc.


I could spend the whole day there, but we had to move on. When I left the garden, I felt content, and joyful. I wonder if everyone spends 30 minutes in a garden like this every day, would we have a more peaceful world.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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16 Responses to Lotus & Water Lily Cultural Festival – 7/19/2014

  1. pambrittain says:

    Great pictures, Helen. The flowers are so perfect, they don’t look real.


    • Helen C says:

      I agree with you. Many times I looked at Cee’s photo and thought “This can not be real!”. When I was in the garden staring at these flowers, I said to my husband, “They don’t look real, do they?” 😉 Maybe something wrong with you and me. ha.


  2. Amy says:

    Too beautiful! Love these images. I see a few serious photographers there. 🙂


    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Amy. It’s nice to be back 😉 There were many more photographers there. One works for a public TV stations, and one for local news paper. I wish I could tag along. Ha.


  3. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely flowers!


  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh Yes indeed Helen your lotus are absolutely spectacular and oh so beautiful. I’m thrilled you had an awesome trip. I just got back from my qigong retreat. And it was a treat to say the least. 🙂 🙂 Once again your photos are superb! You did yourself proud!


  5. Mother Hen says:

    Welcome back! Lovely photos!


  6. carolee1945 says:

    I love your water lily photos, and since I have been avidly following Cee’s water lilies, I agree that it is wonderful that different photographers of the same flower only complement (compliment) each other. I like water lilies so much I even have a “board” of them on Pinterest. Do you mind if I post yours?


    • Helen C says:

      Hello, thanks for your nice comments. I need to know more about Pinterest before making any decision. Clearly, you know more about these internet community things than I do. 😉 I need to catch up.


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