20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The peaceful water lily

The month of July is a peaceful time. A beautiful time. And an eventful time for water lilies. As the break of dawn struck the sky, illuminating a soft light upon a quiet field of water lilies, you began to feel the beauty. The beauty captured in this photograph goes beyond the depths of simplicity, depicting a tiny world overlooked. The solid and buoyant leaves are home to an abundance of unique species working around the clock to ensure the health and protection of the newly blooming flower. To many, the water lily is more than natural beauty; but is home.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2020
Date Uploaded: 10.2022
Photo Location: Minnesota, United States of America
Camera: iPhone X
Copyright: © Shannon Milton