15 Water Lily Flower Pictures to Take Your Breath Away

Appreciate the beauty and splendor the water lily flower with this photo roundup of the most colorful, brilliant water lily blooms.

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Courtesy Aubrey Means

Favorite Water Lily Flower

“I took this photo in my backyard—I saw my water lily was blooming again. I just love how it is peeking out from under the lily pads and the way the sun shines on the petals. This photo is special to me because it is my favorite flower. It was taken in the early evening, so the sun was at a good angle to provide just the right shadows. I love it,” says Aubrey Means.

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A Peaceful Water Lily

“On a morning nature walk in July beside a lake, I saw many lily pads but only one water lily flower. This was special and so serene—a day I won’t forget,” says Lynn Erdely.

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Gorgeous Water Lily Colors

“This is a water lily flower; it is growing in a small pond built into a wooden deck at the back of my house. This lily was planted in spring from bare root stock, and it has bloomed prolifically in pretty heavy shade,” says Phil Gleissner.

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Courtesy Cindy Lang

A Water Lily Flower and Bee

“I took this photo during a birthday trip to the local botanical gardens. The bee was a nice surprise!” says Cindy Lang.

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Courtesy Marina Neyman

Pretty Pastels

In August 2020, I saw a blue dasher dragonfly on waterlily at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Ohio,” says Marina Neyman.

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Courtesy Tim Etter

Water Lilies in a Pond

“These beautiful water lilies were located on Labrador Pond outside of Truxton, New York. It is an isolated pond created during the glacial period. I photograph a lot of water lilies, but not many as perfect as the ones found on this pure and cold water pond,” says Tim Etter.

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Courtesy Kay Fox

Tiny Visitor On a Water Lily Flower

“My husband and I went to Brookgreen Gardens in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. I love to photograph beautiful colorful water lilies in their water features, and it surprised me to see the little frog peeping over the petals,” says Kay Fox.

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Courtesy Valerie Hosna

Water Lily Close-Up

“I love photographing all types of flowers, but the water lily flower is my absolute favorite. To me they are wonderful reminders that even though we might live in adverse conditions, we all have the ability to rise above our surroundings and to bloom into the amazing creation we were created to be,” says Valerie Hosna.

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Courtesy Caroline E. Brown

Water Lily in the Sun

“This bloom was among some of the most beautiful water lilies at a local garden. I fell in love with this photograph because the lily was slightly highlighted by some dappled sun, allowing its beauty to be the central focus of this image,” says Caroline E. Brown.

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Courtesy Hurley Griffing

Spectacular Bloom

“Several years ago, I had a snow white tropical water lily on my sun deck and a number of deep purple water lilies in pots in the side yard. Over time, cross-pollination occurred and a new plant emerged with a beautiful lavender flower. We call it our ‘Mickey lily’ because we have a very good friend named Mickey whose favorite color is purple,” says Hurley Griffing.

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Courtesy Jim Hilbrand

Cute Frog in a Water Lily

“I was taking water lily pictures in our backyard when I noticed this small frog. I imagined it thinking, Do you like my pad?” says Jim Hilbrand.

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Flowers in Florida

“These beautiful water lilies are scattered throughout the Florida wetlands. They often make an otherwise plain little body of water very special with their beauty,” says Marilyn Samwick.

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Buds and Blooms

“I saw these water lilies in San Fransisco, California, one summer. I like this shot because it shows some of the life stages of this beautiful flower,” says Leslie Howells of Oxford, Maryland.

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Stunning Reflection

“In springtime, I captured a low angle view of a water lily at the aquatic garden at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. I love the bright colors in the water lilies and how they appear to glow from the center. To get a clear, mirror-like reflection, I was patient and waited for some calm winds,” says Christopher Baker.

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Yellow Water Lily

“I photographed this yellow water lily flower on Lamoka Lake in New York while kayaking. At that time, social distancing made taking bloom pictures extra rewarding and very peaceful. The blue dragonfly was a pretty fantastic bonus!” says Sharyl Digiovanni.

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Emily Hannemann
Emily Hannemann is an associate editor for Birds & Blooms Digital. Throughout her years with the publication, she has written multiple articles for print as well as digital, all covering birding and gardening. In her role as associate editor, she is responsible for creating and editing articles on the subject of birding and gardening, as well as putting together Birds & Bloom's daily digital newsletter. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a master's degree in magazine journalism and undergraduate degrees in journalism and English, she has more than eight years of experience in the magazine, newspaper, and book industries.