Photographs by Lynn Donovan
The French Impressionist giant Claude Monet spent the final 30 years of his life attempting to capture the perfection of water lilies in his summer garden at Giverny. He found them to be one of nature’s most exquisite creations, which explains why he devoted more than 250 paintings to the subject of water lilies. As a result, Monet’s water lily paintings rank among the most recognized and influential paintings of the 20th century. As our gifted nature photographer Lynn Donovan illustrates, however, you don’t have to venture as far as France to find the perfection of a summer water lily garden in bloom. Her own backyard pond suffices nicely. Even the frogs and dragonflies seem to concur, n’est-ce pas?