My water lilies and art

I walked out to my patio late this morning to find this breath taking beauty.  I understand how Monet was inspired to paint so many paintings of  his pond.  It is especially inspiring  this time of the year, since the night blooming lilies take their time in the morning to close as we move into fall. Bisexual the lilie will open 3 nights the first night it is a female and the 2nd and 3rd nights it is male. The large bloom is about 8" across. How cool is that? 

I would draw this lilie by I just don't think you can beat a photo of this lilie.  

 Missouri water lilie still open at 9:00 am.  

Missouri water lilie still open at 9:00 am.