Lotus by Jonathan Dower

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A Lotus flower (Nelombo Nucifera), Sri Lanka.
A different angle on a shot that I’ve had on rb for agees… this is the accompanying description with the first shot:

Lotus flowers, or “sacred water-lilies”, amongst other names, are considered sacred both in Hindu and Buddhist religions.
In Buddhism (I took this photograph at a Buddhist rock temple), the lotus represents purity of body, spirit and mind “floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire”. And according to legend, the Buddha could walk from birth and everywhere he stepped, lotus flowers bloomed. It is for this reason that the Buddha is often depicted sitting on a giant lotus leaf or blossom.
Meanwhile, not wishing to miss it out, in Hinduism, the Lotus is associated with creation mythology and the gods Vishnu, Brahma, and the goddesses Lakshmi and Sarasvati. It has also traditionally symbolised divine beauty, with the unfolding petals suggesting the expansion of the soul.

Anyway, Religious Education lesson over. I have a feeling this particular specimen might have been not fully opened, but I’m no botanist, so what do I know?


Comments

  • Alice Oates
    Alice Oatesabout 6 years ago

    Pretty!!!
    Great shot Jonny, perfectly clear and awesome and nice
    And i get so hyper in the evenings…

  • lol tnx alice!

    – Jonathan Dower

  • Smudger
    Smudgerabout 6 years ago

    Fabulous work *-))

  • tnx steve!

    – Jonathan Dower

  • lollipoppins
    lollipoppinsabout 6 years ago

    gasps beautiful…

  • lol thankyous lollie!

    – Jonathan Dower

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 6 years ago

    Excellent colors! Just beautiful! (thanks for your comment Jonathan!)

  • thank you so much Ellen!

    – Jonathan Dower

  • tdub303
    tdub303about 6 years ago

    nice. I just ate lotus root for dinner!

  • lol thanks trev!
    i didn’t know that people ate the roots… awesome!

    – Jonathan Dower

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 6 years ago

    Absolutely stunning my friend! You are a very talented artist, I don’t mind any hints you want to give, I welcome it!! :) Thank you!

  • lol thank you Gail!! I really appreciate it!

    – Jonathan Dower

  • sendao
    sendaoabout 6 years ago

    very beautiul capture!

  • thank you sendao!!

    – Jonathan Dower

  • ME-Photography
    ME-Photographyabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love the detail and composition. Well done. -Monique

  • woops only just noticed this comment!
    thank you so much monique!

    – Jonathan Dower

  • Claire  Farley
    Claire Farleyabout 6 years ago

    Excellent colour, comp and detail. Gorgeous image!

  • thank you Claire – very much appreciated!

    – Jonathan Dower

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful !


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