These are an exotic lily pad and have a very short bloom cycle. Only grow in perfect conditions. I traveled to Knotts Island to capture these over the weekend. Rain kept me from doing all that I wanted, as I was hoping to get some direct comparison shots between the 70-200 2.8 with the 500d close up lens vs the 200mm micro. I did not get a good comparison done on these so..... sorry flew, I will try again in west virginia later this week and post next week when I return. I could have come away with some really nice stuff if the weather had not forced me to hurry.