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Mark Billiau.

World Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

Exotic Beauty (1) : Egyptian Water Lily

The past 2 years I made several visits to the conservatories of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium where 10.000 (!) plant and tree species originating from the tropics and the subtropics are growing in the greenhouses over there.

Thanks to the warm and moist climate in the conservatories and the intensive maintenance, it’s really amazing what an immense great variety of exotic flowers from all over the world can be seen there, even in the cold winter season !
Flowers whose natural habitat is situated in the rainforest, the mountain forest, isolated islands, deserts, etc……. Places that most of us will never or seldom visit.
Some of the flowers are very rare, extremely colourful or specially shaped.
Others were introduced in Europe by men and became a cultivated species or ornamental houseplant.

I selected the –to my personal taste- most beautiful flowers that I saw there and made a series of them.

Alright, here we go with number 1.
Welcome to the exotic world.


In English also known as sacred blue lily.
Dutch name : Egyptische lotus
German name : Ägyptische Seerose (auch Blaue Lotusblume genannt)
Latin name : Nymphaea caerulea

Country of origin : Egypt, South-Africa, China, Thailand


This flower is used to produce perfumes since ancient times and is also much used in aromatherapy.

Comments 25

  • Bernhard Kuhlmann 05/03/2015 18:43

    Ein Bild in bester Qualität !
    Damit ist dir ein wunderschönes Bild gelungen.
    Gruß Bernd
  • Pierre LAVILLE 12/19/2014 15:03

    De toute beauté !
    Amitiés Pierre
  • Jacques BURY 01/21/2010 9:48

    Very nice.
    Best regards.
  • Vitória Castelo Santos 09/09/2009 13:51

    Klasse Makro, tolle Schärfe und wunderbare Farben
    LG Vitoria
  • Adele Oliver 06/24/2009 2:32

    M a g n i f i c e n t !!!!
    greetings, Adele
  • Andrea Sagawe 06/14/2009 17:43

    The as sharp can be!! Like on most of your pictures. I see this was your first one...great start!!

  • Pierangelo Bonomi 01/26/2009 14:35

    Excellent work, very good the sharpness and the colors!
  • MAURICE CLEGG 10/12/2008 9:51

    this, i think, is one of your greatest creations.
    i have looked through your portfolio but this one ticks all the boxes for me.
    a stunning portrayal of this beautiful water lily, with wonderful colours and detail.
    this is gallery quality imo.
    regards, maurice.
  • Vanessa Halvorsen 06/21/2008 18:55

    Wow, what nive details! And those wonderful colors too. Great macro, and I love everything with this pic! I can't see enough on it... I really hope I can be so good to take photos like you, after maaaany years!

    Best wishes, Vanessa Halvorsen.
  • Cees Vogel 04/14/2008 11:54

    This is realy a great shot wonderfull colors and sharpness.
  • Orangelight 04/02/2008 15:16

    i love this one.
    beautiful flower, good structure, nice photo!
    i'll set this one as my favourite.
  • Allan Thompson 03/30/2008 15:11

    Gallery quality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ole Trygve Foseide 03/27/2008 23:09

    Beautiful flower, perfect shot! In my opinion, your best on Fotocommunity - till now! From the contour of the leaves it looks like they are floating in oil!
  • Christiane Wüllner 03/27/2008 22:48

    Very beautiful captured!!
    :-)) Christiane
  • Andy Protas 03/26/2008 23:14

    So beautiful, I've made a wallpaper on my desktop :)