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Monday, June 24, 2013

Inspired by. . . lilies

I had the privilege of visiting the Vanderbilt estate, Biltmore, in Asheville, North Carolina this past week. The grounds and gardens on the 8,000 {not a typo} acre estate are breathtaking.

Here are just a few of the pictures I took at the lily pond.



Textured with Kim's Sybil



Textured with Kim's bentedges


Originally, a Star Maiden had looked down on her people and longed to be with them. Falling from the sky, she had first hidden herself in a white mountain rose. But she was too far away from the village, and became lonely. Then she hid in a prairie flower, but the trampling buffalo made her afraid. Finally, she floated over a lake and saw her reflection. This pleased her, and she floated down and rested like a canoe upon the cool bosom of the water. The next morning the lake was covered with great white shining star-shaped blossoms, with golden fragrant hearts.

“The night stars have bloomed again in the water,” sang the children, and hand clasping hand, they bent over the water-edge to dip their noses into the big, sweet, wonderful flowers. “Wahbegwannee,” the children sang. The White Star Flowers.

Then the winds caressed the white flowers' petals, and the birds kissed her golden heart. Through her long slender stems, fish guided their darting course, and upon her flat green leaves dragonflies sparkled like gems. The moonbeams wooed her by night, but she shut her heart and denied them entrance, for she loved only her people.

The heart of the Star Maiden grew full, for the joys and sorrows of her beloved people were at last her own. And the men sat no more around the council fire, but smoked their pipes on the shore in sight of the lily pads.  ~The Legend of the Starflower, excerpt from Starflower, A Novel










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  1. I really love the second shot of the waterlilies.The colours are gorgeous and the processing just lovely.

  2. Hi! Very beautiful waterlily captures. I like your texture very much. Wishing you a wonderful day.

  3. Beautiful photos. The second shot reminds me of a Monet painting. Lovely!

  4. Just very beautiful photos of these beautiful water lilies! Best regards!

  5. Gorgeous blooms and edits June. Thank you for sharing this week!

  6. 8,000 acres, huh? Wow. Such pretty lilies too!

  7. These are so beautiful! I love your processing - the second one looks like a painting, so lovely!

  8. Biltmore is one of my favorite places! We're planning a visit this fall. Your lilies and the processing are beautiful! So happy to meet you here and thanks for visiting 'Camper'.

  9. These are amazing photos - I'm so glad you share them with us
    Thank you!

  10. All of these photos are glorious, but my heart is captivated by the second one - gorgeous!

  11. Wow! Your lily shots are beautiful. I love the color in the first shot and enjoyed reading the excerpt about the Star Maiden. No doubt this place is breathtaking.
    Visiting from Tuesday Muse.

  12. Beautiful. The only time I was there, it was raining and raining some more. Thanks for showing me what it can be like on a nice day.



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