Our relentlessly hot sunny weather has made the bright center of our garden — the pond and its water plants — shine. White, yellow and the interloping pink lilies are all at their peak. The flowers are all fairly similiar; it's the leaves that are more distinctive. The white lilies have very large leaves while the yellow ones have wonderfully mottled leaves on both the tops and undersides. And Mark's new telephoto lens finally let us see what these beautiful flowers look like on the inside. Since they bloom in the middle of the pond we have always viewed them — and snapped pix — from too far away to get a good look at the interiors. The same with the inside of the screaming yellow Nuphar. The heat and lack of rain has also made the pond water cloudy, which happily makes it more reflective!