03 Sep 14. One of the reasons for making several trips around Buck Lake was to shoot the blossoms of the lily pads, both white and yellow. While there was an abundance of them for most of the trips, the numbers diminished with each visit. The full bodied ones were white, and the more bulbous ones yellow. There were also a few of the full bodied ones that showed a hint of pink, but just a few at most. Unfortunately, even though there was an abundance of flowers, they were all coated with a small black fly that left them looking like they had been the recipient of the falling ash from an up wind fire. I took a lot of shots of them even though they were not anywhere near what I would have liked to have seen, hoping that at least one of them would come out looking nice, but so far I haven't found that shot. Several of the yellow bulbous ones did however turn out O.K., and I've already shared one of them, with more to follow. The lily shot for today is from last year's visit to the Lavender Festival in Sequim, and was taken in a small pond on one of the lavender farms. This particular pond is quite small, measuring perhaps 20 feet on a side, and is "protected" by a fair amount of vegetation along its perimeter that makes shooting the lilies in it a bit of a challenge, albeit not all that big of one. I shared a B&W version of this image last year, and while it is one of those shots that works well either way, I think you will appreciate the color version more than the B&W of last year. At the time I took the shot I failed to notice the two insects on the flower, but I believe you will have no difficulty in immediately seeing them. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/1250 sec @ f / 9.