What lurks beneath the Waterlily by zambianlass

What lurks beneath the Waterlily

Bilharzia is a type of infection caused by parasites that live in fresh water, such as rivers or lakes, in tropical regions worldwide. From an early age I was taught not to go swimming in any lake or river that had waterlilies as the bilharzia parasite lurks beneath them. This rules out nearly all the lakes in Zambia which I sometimes think this was mums way of keeping us out the water. Nevertheless these floating flowers really are so beautiful.
Beautiful.
March 1st, 2013  
Stunning.
March 1st, 2013  
wonderful shot. FAV
March 1st, 2013  
oh goodness - you have managed to make the water look so treacley and rich - lovely comp too :o)
March 1st, 2013  
wonderful shot and I like the story to go wit it so a FAV from me as well
March 1st, 2013  
Beautiful flower and a terrific shot. My father contracted Bilharzia in Egypt when he was doing service with the RAF there. There was something about snails being involved as hosts too...
March 1st, 2013  
I admire your story and your photo, wow!
March 1st, 2013  
Fabulous shot. Love the lighting and colors.
March 1st, 2013  
Thanks for sharing the story with us, it's a lovely shot and a beautiful flower. I love the tone of the water too, as if there is a sunset lurking in the background!
March 1st, 2013  
You are all so lovely for commenting
@miley89 @danitech Thank you Miley and Danielle
@brav Oh wow thank you so much Richard :-))))))
@gozoinklings I was playing with shutter speeds and loved how the water seemed to melt around the leaf.
@huvesaker Oh Boo thank you so much :-))))))
@steampowered Thanks Paul. You are quite correct. The parasites use the snails as a host.
@titam Ah thank you so much - glad you liked it
@pflaume Thank you Lisa - it was a lovely evening
@vokesy Glad you enjoyed it Andrew and yes the sky was all pink.
March 1st, 2013  
so beautiful! love the color tones,composition and dof!
March 1st, 2013  
Lovely shot, great colour. Don't go near the water - first the crocs and now snails :)
March 1st, 2013  
wonderful click
March 1st, 2013  
@wind_of_the_southern_sea @isee Thank you both :-))
March 1st, 2013  
@malc Hehe that is correct, you are perfectly prepared for an African holiday now... :-)
March 1st, 2013  
Beautiful shot!
March 1st, 2013  
Lovely shot.
March 1st, 2013  
@arncliffe @chris17 Thanks ladies
March 1st, 2013  
What a beauty!
March 1st, 2013  
That is beautiful. Wonderful composition and color.
March 1st, 2013  
P.S. I didn't know water lilies came in colors. I thought they were all white.
March 1st, 2013  
@skstein Thank you Sandy. We get them in lots of lovely colours out here.
March 1st, 2013  
Nice shot and in my FAV color too!
March 1st, 2013  
I have never seen a waterlily before.. gorgeous flower...
March 1st, 2013  
So pretty!
March 1st, 2013  
Wow - very interesting and GORGEOUS flower - such a clear capture. Fav for sure. How wonderful we can compare our flowers, eh?
March 1st, 2013  
Beautiful shot.. What a shame you can't swim in there!
March 1st, 2013  
Stunning shot with great light and colors
March 1st, 2013  
Gorgeous photo! Beautiful flower and lovely colours!
March 1st, 2013  
Just beautiful ZL ! fav.
March 2nd, 2013  
Spectacular capture! And I will remember not to go swimming in Zambia!
March 2nd, 2013  
Beautiful capture! Great detail in the flower.
March 2nd, 2013  
Fav for this glowing water lily and the accompanying story.
March 2nd, 2013  
Such beautiful tones. Love this!
March 2nd, 2013  
Too beautiful. I feel like I can reach out and touch it. Soft and wet!
March 2nd, 2013  
Gorgeous colour and focus.
March 2nd, 2013  
Amazing photo. The color makes it pop out!
March 2nd, 2013  
Beautiful capture. Love the colours
March 2nd, 2013  
very pretty ! Love the contrast between the bright colour of the flower and the water. Fav.
March 2nd, 2013  
Beautiful! Love the colours and the wonderful softness.
March 2nd, 2013  
Such a beautiful shot! Fav : )
March 2nd, 2013  
A spectacular water lily. It really pops off the screen. A FAV for me. Welcome to 365! I hope you enjoy the project.
March 2nd, 2013  
Thank You
Wonderful photograph and wonderful explanation
March 2nd, 2013  
very pretty love the colours
March 2nd, 2013  
Ann
Beautifully photographed and presented ! a fav
March 2nd, 2013  
Simply beautiful
March 2nd, 2013  
Gorgeous colors!! So very pretty
March 2nd, 2013  
@kwind @osophotography @kazzaj @sabine @rachelmackenzie @annbo @denisedaly @gs365 @kmrtn6 @foxsparrow @khirsch @pearl888 Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments, favs and fabulousness
March 3rd, 2013  
Yes.... absolutely beautiful. Perfect capture
March 3rd, 2013  
@kcman5 Thanks so much Cathy - was lucky with this one
March 3rd, 2013  
wow what a stunnign shot...well done on pp
March 3rd, 2013  
@demmie thanks. It was such a surprise
March 3rd, 2013  
Simply gorgoeus!
March 3rd, 2013  
Gosh that is lovely, what a stunning capture.
March 3rd, 2013  
Gorgeous. Congratulations on the PP. Fav and following.
March 3rd, 2013  
Deb
So pretty. :-)
March 4th, 2013  
stunning shot!
March 4th, 2013  
@cdonohoue @ejlockett @paula1 @scarlettau @paula365 Thank you all so much, everyone on this site is really so lovely. I feel so flattered that you are all taking an interest in my adventure.
March 4th, 2013  
I missed this one. It is very pretty.
March 5th, 2013  
Super shot. Fast flowing rivers should be bilharzia free. I lived by the Zambezi at time when there were no crocodiles within 50 miles! There was a lovely little beach too!
March 5th, 2013  
@yrhenwr You are quite correct... Oh wow the crocs have definitely had population explosion since then... Sounds lovely
March 5th, 2013  
@frankhymus Thank you Frank
March 5th, 2013  
Beautiful photo and a great story!
March 7th, 2013  
Wonderful!
March 7th, 2013  
They certainly are beautiful
March 12th, 2013  
@christinalee @ellaelami @johnfalconer thank you all for taking a look and commenting
March 12th, 2013  
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