Thursday, August 5, 2010

Chicago Botanic Gardens

Tuesday, August 3, 2010.

The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good luck.

Lotus flower seed pod.

The three stages, flower, seed pod and flower bud. Notice the seed pod develops while the flower is in bloom.

The beauty of the water lilies at the Gardens is endless.

Water from a rain shower earlier in the morning.

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