via Cognoscenti, WBUR
“…we kept our fearful distance from these placid green fronds floating near the shore. The pert white flowers erupting like starbursts screamed danger…Water lilies thrive not just in stagnant waters, but in warming ones. And this summer, the hottest on record, they bloomed with abandon.”
Julie Wittes Schlack writes of her childhood dread of water lilies as sources of disease and misfortune and her gradual realization of their actual ecological connection with climate change.