During the last 30 years of his life, French Impressionist Claude Monet spent many hours in his garden at Givenchy. His eyesight clouded by cataracts, Monet created one painting after another of his beloved water lilies, producing around 250 oil paintings of the flowers.
I found these water lilies in the Rodin Garden at the North Carolina Art Museum in Raleigh. I love the quiet peacefulness of the garden and was struck by the beauty of the water borne plants. I spent a few minutes watching the little blue dragonflies touch down on a lily pad, only to take flight again a few seconds later. It was time well spent.