It is amazing how you can have something in mind and it comes out different. I selected 3/8 maple to do a lid like the one before thinking it would show the least figuring and then did not cut the bottom deeply enough. Now I am in a bit of a quandary to put a blue wash on the ripples of water and pink petals w/ yellow center or leave it as is with clear lacquer instead of oil. No matter the choice the piece will either be made or ruined there would be no fix it.
Even looking at the close-up it looks worse than real and will take a lot more sanding that is very hard to accomplish in this shape. Ideas are welcome