I am jealous, i do not have environment where i have water lilies i can take photos of, these pink ones are just stunning. i would use a flash to counter the high noon (assuming this photo was taken around noonish?)
I used to borrow my mom's camera (canon powershot) but I now use a canon rebel t1i. I also try to avoid taking photos during this time of the day. I try to do it early or in the evening. Thank you for your help!