The water lilies and lotus are out in a splendid display at the Denver Botanic Gardens Monet Pool. Even with cooler summer temperatures the Victoria Amazonia lily is blooming (they like it hot). It is the lily with giant lily pads – so the expanse of blank space in the mandala above is the surface of one big lily pad. A bloom and a bud are shown with reflection in the water. Victoria Amazonia lilies are night bloomers, so it probably opened the night before. Other lilies open in the daytime and close at night.