Water Lilies at Janauari Ecological Park, Manaus, Brazil

The visual highlight of Janauari Ecological Park is water lilies. The Victoria amazonica is unique in the shallows of the Amazon River. The flower has a three-day lifespan. On the first night the bloom is white. The following evening it becomes pink. The next day it turns red while withering. These would have been the envy of famous French impressionist Claude Monet who created 250 paintings of water lilies.

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