Festivals,  Macro Photography

To Do: Aquatic Flower Photography

The Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens hosts the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival on Saturday July 16, from 10 am until 4 pm.  The event is free to the public.  Located in Kenilworth along the banks of the Anacostia River, the park and gardens provide an excellent opportunity for photographing wonderfully beautiful flowers and birding opportunities.

If you’re heading to the festival, make sure to bring the basics – water, sunscreen, bug spray, and a camera.  And if you have a telephoto lens, make sure to bring that, too.  Because the lotuses and water lilies are aquatic, getting close to some of them can be difficult.  But if you don’t have one, that’s okay, a portrait lens (~50mm) will do in a pinch, so long as you get close enough.  

And finally, don’t forget to share your Lotus and Water Lily Festival photos with us through the DC Focused Flickr Pool!

lotus (190 mm, f/5)
water lily
water lily (300 mm, f/5.6)
a wild photographer in the wild
a wild photographer in his natural habitat (130 mm f/4.5)
another lotus
lotus (140 mm, f/5)


All photos appearing in this piece are copyright protected by Beau Finley.


Beau is a photographer and musician from Washington, D.C.