Lily Magic for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Travel Photo Thursday | 23 comments

Welcome to week 269 (3/17/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday, featuring my favorite lily shots, from over the years. You might be thinking what do lilies have to do with travel. Well, each shot was taken in a different country, and each one comes with a story and a memory.

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Traveling in the off season can have it’s perks. Back in 2009 I decided to return to Thailand’s Koh Chang. It was July, and deep into off season. I scored a beautiful bungalow, steps from the beach. How often do you get to wile away a couple weeks at at five star resort for under $30.00 a night? These are  my hauntingly beautiful Ko Chang lilies.


The Beauty of One

Back in 2009, just before heading to Ko Chang,  I spent 3 weeks house sitting in Tien Wei, Taiwan. Except for my seven doggy charges, I was pretty much on my on. The area has a huge garden area within walking distance of my house sit. Everyday for three moseyed  through the gardens with my camera in overdrive. These are two of the lilies that I managed to capture, complete with bees!



In the Pink

Once Upon a Bee....


This beauty was captured during a quiet morning stroll through several of Chiang Mai’s temple complexes. I can’t remember the exact temple, but I know that I can find it again the next time I’m in Chiang Mai. This is an all time favorite, reminding me of a Monet painting. 🙂


Water Lilly Reflection


I left Luang Prabang, Laos, back in 2007 with these beautiful additions to my collection.


Passionately Pink for the Cure




Bali is also a great place to hunt down lilies, without looking very hard! I found this beauty in Ubud.


Water Lilty Magic


Finally, the beautiful lilies at Bongwonsa Temple in downtown Seoul.  I hiked up to the temple from the subway, and was crying for water by the time I arrived. Then, it was just me and the lilies for an afternoon of photography bliss 🙂


Lotus Blossoms -- Bongwonsa Temple, Seoul

I love water lilies and always have my eyes peeled for them when I’m traveling. Do you have a favorite flower that you like to capture when you’re roaming the planet?

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  1. Stunning! I hope these are framed and on your wall somewhere!

    • Hi Jill! Thanks! Actually, I don’t have too many of my own photographs displayed anywhere. I probably should, but knowing that I’ll be leaving Korea one of these days makes me hesitate to spend the money on framing!

  2. Your Ubud lily is my favourite – just gorgeous. I love these lillies too Nancie. So evocative of Asia.

    • Hi Jan! One of my favorites too. I had fun shooting in Ubud at the lily pad pond.

  3. So totally gorgeous these photos, Nancie.

    • Hi Sophie. Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed series.

  4. Nancie, These are stunning images. I love taking flowers!

    • Hi Corinne. I agree! I’m itching to see the first buds here in Seoul, and to my camera clicking again. Right now, it’s still gray and a little dreary here, so not overly inspired to get the camera out.

  5. Those close shots of water lilies are spectacular 🙂 Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you and thanks for dropping by!

  6. really beautiful photos! Lilies are so nice!

    • Hi Tanja! Yes, definitely one of my favorite flowers!

  7. Oh my, these are stunning photos Nancie. I hope you’ve enlarged them onto a canvas and have them hanging all over your home!

    • Hi Jackie. Thank you so much! One of these days when I’m really settled somewhere I will do just that!

  8. Gorgeous pictures! I like water lilies and the petunias and roses too 🙂

    • Hi Bushar! I’ve taken a few shots of petunias and roses along the way too! Thanks for dropping by.

  9. Incredible macro photography – loved that shot with the bee flying out of the flower. It’s so buttery smooth!

  10. Gorgeous collection of photos Nancie, and (for now) you can enjoy them as screen savers on your computer without the hassle of having to move them at some point. I especially like the ones with the bees from Tien Wei, Taiwan – the colors and details are amazing! Anita

  11. I agree with you. Lilies are just lovely and you have captured them beautifully.

  12. Beautiful Nancie. I love water lilies or any flower for that matter.

  13. What an absolutely gorgeous collection, Nancie! Flowers just make me smile. Thanks!

  14. Beautiful photos! I like taking photos of flowers but my camera doesn’t do so well at capturing what I want… or perhaps I need to start wearing reading glasses when looking at the screen on the back of the camera.

  15. oh my goodness, so absolutely stunning. I would be in heaven with my camera.


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