18 Stunning Pictures of Lilies

Lilies are rather pervasive in western art and culture. The term lily may conjure up ideas of pure white flowers at Easter, or Monet’s famous water lilies paintings, or Georgia O’Keeffe’s bold paintings of calla lilies. Interestingly, neither the calla lily or the water lily are true lilies, they just share the same name. Regardless of their specific genus or species, these 18 pictures of lilies are absolutely stunning.

Cala Love Affair 1  looking forward to spring in just a few weeks lily water

Cala Love Affair 1: looking forward to spring in just a few weeks by Roger Salz

meditate cala water lily

meditate by jenny downing

White Lilly cala water

White Lilly by Rick Ligthelm

In much of the Christian church, the white lily, or Madonna lily, is a symbol of purity. They’re often present at Easter time and at funerals, symbolizing spiritual cleansing and rebirth into a pure next life. But white lilies have a darker history as well. After the American Civil War they came to symbolize racial purity in the southern United States, and were used as an emblem for one specific racist group through the 1880’s. In some states, the white lily is still considered a racist symbol.

Lily Macro cala water

Lily Macro: Some details of a Lily I saw on the Hong Kong Flower Fair 2008 in Victoria Park by Andreas

Easter Lily water cala

Easter Lily by Rick Harris

water lily cala

water lily: A new year is unfolding – like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within. by aphotoshooter

Blue Lily cala water

Blue Lily by Thangaraj Kumaravel

lone cala water lily

lone by Conor Ogle

Dragon Fly & Lilies cala water lily

Dragon Fly & Lilies by Thangaraj Kumaravel

“It took me time to understand my waterlilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them. ” –Claude Monet

Keep Your Head above the Water:-) cala water lily

Keep Your Head above the Water:-) by Kasia

water lilly cala

water lilly by kunjan detroja

Cala Lily water

Cala Lily by Brendan Lally

In Afrikaans, the word for cala lily is varkoor, which means ‘pig’s ear’. Appropriate, don’t you think?

Tiger lilies lily

Tiger lilies by Lida

“‘O Tiger-lily,’ said Alice, addressing herself to one that was waving gracefully about in the wind, ‘I wish you could talk!’ ‘We can talk,’ said the Tiger-lily: ‘when there’s anybody worth talking to’” –Lewis Carroll

Attaining Wisdom water lily

Attaining Wisdom: “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” –Confucius by Anissa Wood

Lilly water cala

Lilly: frog on water lily, caddo lake, TX by Robert Hensley

Lillies in Roseville vase cala lily

Lillies in Roseville vase by stephanie carter

“And the stately lilies stand Fair in the silvery light, Like saintly vestals, pale in prayer; Their pure breath sanctifies the air, As its fragrance fills the night.” –Julia C.R. Dorr

Lilie/lilly cala water

Lilie/lilly by Holger (PC-Problems)

Purple Lillies cala lily

Purple Lillies by stephanie carter

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Christopher Fernando.

Fantastic .natural, no words mention the biuty.

Nagesh S

Awesome photoes.

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