By The Lily Pond

Can you believe how sharp these photos came out at full zoom capacity? Crazy! 
I am so happy, happy, happy! The exams are almost over, and I already have more work to do! I have been working as a student in a local outdoor shop for the past 2.5 years. Last week I got a call from my boss to tell me I get to work 4 extra days before I go on vacation in July! This call made me squal with excitement. My first thought was “Hello Anthropologie!” but then K said something even more exciting: Why don’t you get that lens you wanted? A few months ago my eye fell on the Nikkor 50-300mm F4.5-5.6 VR Lens. Dang it, did that lens sound like a dream… Untill I saw the pricetag. I started making a savings programme so I would be able to get this lens while still enjoying all the fun and save for the future. I should have been able to get the lens by July next year, but I was still bummed out that it meant I was going to New York this year with nothing but a portrait lens, while a decent zoom would be the best thing to have when travelling. I seriously got the photography microbe since I got my D3100 and the portrait lens! After that call, I did some recalculation and on friday after school my mom drove me to the photography store to pick up my newest family member. Yes, I think of my camera as my baby. Eat me for that. 
After deep purple tulips and white roses, water lilies must be my favorite flowers! There’s a lily pond in the woods near my house. We often go and take pictures by said pond (as seen here, here and here) and I always try to get a few snaps of the pretty lilies, but alas, they drift too far away. Bummer! No suprise the first place I went to test out my new lens was the lily pond! I love how the pictures turned out and I’ve been getting compliments on them on my personal Facebook, so I decided to share them here too.
  • very good for you! you are a fantastic person, i hope you like my last outfit

  • oh water lily! so beautiful 🙂

  • Yaaaay, congratulations for your new lens! I think I can understand how excited you feel. 🙂
    Wish I had a lilly pond in the nearby, beautiful.

  • Beautiful photos! I can't wait to see more. 🙂

  • These photos are amazing! I love the feeling of getting a new lense too haha! I just sit there for hours trying it out. We got a 2 lense bundle when we bought our camera with the basic 18-50mm and a 75-200mm – seriously, I don't know where i'd be without it (like the zoo – the majority of the photos were with the zoom lense). Your photos turned out amazingly though, and the colours are so perfect! Hope you have a lovely week! 🙂

  • I know, lenses are soooo darn expensive!
    for my last big lens purchase, I got a refurbished one for nearly half off the list price.

    Love these waterlilies, so beautiful!
    Chic on the Cheap

  • Gorgeous photos, what a beautiful location to try out your new lens :)!

  • gorgeous! ponds are so serene!

  • Those photos are breathtaking. I think you have serious talent girl!


  • Beautiful photos! Congrats on getting a new lens for your camera! I find I appreciate things more when I save for them like you did 🙂

  • Hey Nikki, just wanted to wish you all the best for the rest of your exams. Then you'll have plenty of time to play around with your camera and most more great photos!!


  • Beautiful! Amazing closeups!

  • What gorgeous photos Nikki – they look awesome!

    The Other Side of Gray

  • Lovely pics <3

  • I'm soooooo happy for you! The lens sounds like the most amazing gift…and you have achieved so much at work and in school! Hooray for you, my dear <3

    <3 Cambria

  • Can't wait to see all your great NY photos with the new lens!

  • You lucky girl! That is a fabulous new addition! Can't wait to see more of your gorgeous snaps

  • beautiful!! congrats on all the accomplishments!

  • Congrats with being almost done with the exams! And yay for the new lens, I can't wait to see the photos you take with it 🙂

  • Those photos are absolutely gorgeous. Congrats on getting the new lens! I need a nice camera but feel intimidated by the options and what I should get and all of that! If you have suggestions I would love to hear!

    Hannah Tattoos and Pearls

  • these are gorgeous photos. beautiful flower!

  • I have D3100 too.
    Beautiful blog 🙂 I FOLLOW YOU

  • Great photos! Beautiful!

    Treena Bean Giveaway!

  • So pretty – great photos! I know very little about lenses… I really should study up on them – I'm sure I'd find a few that I could really use.

  • Gorgeous pics! And congrats on getting a new lens, can't wait to see more photos from you

  • You take beautiful photos! I enjoy your blog, looking forward to more posts 🙂

    -Samantha Mariko

  • Congratualtions on the new lens! Sometimes after getting a new one you wonder how you were ever able to take decent pictures without it. You and Monet have a fascination with water lilies. Beautiful photos!

  • Oh my goodness you lucky Duck! I want a new lens so badly too. Your photos turned out amazing, those photos could be on a magazine cover! Good luck with exams by the way!

    The House of Shoes

  • Ahh, so happy for you! You deserve it! xox

  • Beautiful photos!!!