From Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington DC; a national park service site.
Acre upon acre of lotus and water lily ponds. Many, like this one, are close enough to dry land to be accessible with a macro lens for nice close up detail and shallow depth of field (shot wide open) so as to eliminate background distractions.
Beautiful flowers (too bad it was so hot, sunny and humid - but you can't always have it all). I have about twenty to put in a gallery in a day or so. They are not a flower that one gets to see often so I thought I'd share what I saw.