Wanderings & observations


Their flowers long


water lillies gently


sun-shaped leaves

on dark water.

Stems’  crescent curves

emerge –

roots somewhere

in the mud


Nymphaea odorata:

crowds of once fragrant

water nymphs,

still cavorting,

giving shape to




And cattail leaves –

inked scribbles,

reflected back to sky.

Nymphaea odorata is the Fragrant Water Lily. Nymphaea recalls Greek myths of nymphs, minor female nature deities associated with certain places, including bodies of water. Odorata, of course, refers to the fragrance.

The photos were taken on a late fall afternoon at Sammamish Slough in Marymoor Park, outside of Seattle.  Slough, pronounced slew is, in the Northern US and Canada, a slow moving, shallow body of water, often swampy or marshy.

The Sammamish people lived here long ago. “Meander dwellers” is one possible translation of the name. They were a small tribe, and after whites arrived in the area, though they resisted, between smallpox and the whites’ superior weapons they were removed to reservations along with other tribes.

Though the park is now full of mostly white dog walkers and sports enthusiasts, I’m sure some of us who wander the slough, in a quiet moment, can feel ourselves back into a time before our food was purchased at stores, a time when our senses were quickened by the sight of a passing bird, the fragrance of a wildflower, the ripple of a zephyr over the water.

53 responses

  1. http://www.ArtQuenchMagazine.com likes this photograph!

    December 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

  2. Very beautiful leaves!

    December 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

    • Thank you – I’m happy to hear your thoughts.

      December 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm

  3. And light!

    December 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

  4. Beautiful images! :)

    December 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

  5. Beautiful photos and words, once again, Lynn. The fragrant water lilies do look very nymph-like in your photos. :-)

    December 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

    • Don’t they? Thank you Cathy – I hear that the native water lily is a different one, and this one invaded from the east!

      December 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

  6. Loooooove these pics, pure art!!!

    December 8, 2013 at 11:33 am

    • I was going for a more painterly look – thank you!

      December 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

  7. Wonderful, both the words and the photo. A great and beautiful contrast beetwen the leaves and the dark water.

    December 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    • Thanks very much – I appreciate hearing your thoughts!

      December 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

  8. Wow I loved these watery lily gold and silver drop photos BB !
    And your last few descriptive words .. the ripple of a zephyr over the water … so poetic so lovely …

    December 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    • Good – I’m glad – and thanks for being there, time and again, with your two cents! :-)

      December 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

  9. These are lovely images. Those leaves look positively alive. :)

    December 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

  10. twoscamps

    What a lovely post! Ink scribbles and nymphs and the Sammamish. I’d walk a slough with you any day! :)

    December 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  11. Very compelling photos, Lynn…there’s something almost cellular about a few of them. And the words, yes, our histories as Whites are often disturbing…our forebears…shame on them….and yes, I hope our senses can be awake when we’re out there….

    December 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    • Nice to hear your thoughts. It’s incredibly awful, what was done, the extent of it, and how little it’s talked about. Everyone lost so much, in many ways, by pushing so many people under. But the spirit lives on outdoors, I think. I know you feel it.

      December 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

  12. The light and the reflection are just magnificent in each and every image!

    December 8, 2013 at 5:38 pm

  13. I connect with these places where I can here a whisper, a slight break in the air of things past. This is a beautiful post, your photographs are stunning.

    December 8, 2013 at 9:04 pm

  14. You’ve certainly captured the spirits that undoubtedly reside there.

    December 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm

  15. These are the most painterly photos I’ve ever seen, Lynn – magical, almost like other-wordly creatures floating on the water. Simply stunning.

    December 8, 2013 at 11:51 pm

  16. Beautiful images and words!

    December 9, 2013 at 2:34 am

  17. Lovely shots.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:48 am

  18. You definitely managed to catch and transport the magic of the place, both with photographs and words. Magnificent!

    December 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

  19. The second image really caught my eye…like jellyfish just kicking it! :)

    December 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  20. like in a dream…

    December 10, 2013 at 12:23 am

  21. Lovely!

    December 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

  22. I like the varied interpretations of the scene. The first image I find particularly interesting: the balance between the lines and the ‘circles'; the suggestion of movement gently disturbing the ‘still’ waters; the restricted, contrasting palette; the effective way in which the ripples bind the composition horizontally. You have captured and made us aware of a unique environment.

    December 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    • Thank you – It’s funny, when I saw that scene in “real life” I loved the way everything looked, but there was a strong glare on the water, which made photographing it difficult. The glare seemed to ruin the resulting photo, until I figured out how to overcome that with processing, to get it back to what i sensed originally. Took some work though!

      December 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  23. some beautiful pictures here

    December 11, 2013 at 4:45 am

    • Thank you Shimon – I’m glad you came by!

      December 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm

  24. A lovely meditation, Lynn. Gorgeous.

    December 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    • For which you are a large part of the inspiration! I should have credited you!

      December 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm

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  26. Simply exquisite! I have granted you the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you enjoy it. I can totally understand if you do not wish to participate. I think your blog is wonderful and wanted you to know that.


    December 11, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    • Interesting to see. I know that area but only saw manmade buildings etc. happy Holidays to you

      December 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      • Thanks, Happy Holidays to you, as well!

        December 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      • You too! It’s a huge multipurpose park. There’s an area for off leash dogs, and if you walk down the main path, to your left you’ll come to a gate beyond which dogs have to be on leashes – and usually aren’t around. Then a bit further there’s a short boardwalk that juts out into the slough/river.

        December 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    • Thank you very much. You’re right to intuit that I may not want to participate, but I do appreciate it. Oh and guess what – there’s a GBH rookery at this park!

      December 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      • You’re welcome, and no pressure at all to participate. how fantastic that there’s a rookery there! Enjoy! Best, Babsje.

        December 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm

  27. Wow! Phenomenal light and reflection! Magnificent images!

    December 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm

  28. The ripple of a zephyr over the water says it all! Beautiful shots Lyn!

    December 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  29. Oh, my, these are good. That fourth one has me stopping and staring.

    December 19, 2013 at 3:59 am

  30. we believe small sperm ,good day for you

    December 26, 2013 at 12:27 am

  31. Photo of beautiful work ,good day

    December 26, 2013 at 12:29 am

  32. Dreaming!

    December 27, 2013 at 11:53 pm

  33. Absolutely stunning. I look forward to more of your beautiful work.

    December 31, 2013 at 8:27 am

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