Explosion of Colours

Explosion of Colours
Bleed under mat

Artist: John Crittenden


I photographed this gorgeous water lily at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. VanDusen is "a fairytale land of slender, winding paths, gently rolling hills and sweet wooden bridges spanning ponds full of lily pads." This is an example of a water lily that I found late at night. This is a time exposure with some side light. It showed no signs of closing up. I do know that some tropical water lilies definitely bloom at night. - John Crittenden

About This Series

I've heard some say that flowers don't bloom at night. But, similar to many animals and birds who live much of their lives in both worlds, I've come to realize that they certainly do. Nature keeps to her own timetable and at night everything seems to "come alive" more than even during the day. While many flowers will close up after the sun sets, perhaps for protection, I've seen several that stay open for an hour or so after it gets completely dark. Some even bloom all night. - John Crittenden

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