Lotuses literally rise from the filthy mud to become beautiful flowers. For Buddhists, this is a sacred symbol reminding them to reach for the highest and remain pure in their mind, speech, and body. It is so important that it is the national flower of India, also representing beauty, serenity, rebirth, and the path to enlightment.
In Japan, their blooming is celebrated, and these pictures were taken among women beautifully dressed in traditional kimonos in Usuki, Kyushu.
Lotus flower blooming to its full potential
Lotus flower starting to open
Lotus bud before opening
Lotus flower blooming
Lotus flowers in different stages
The end of a lotus flower, carrying the seeds
Lotus flower about to open
Raindrops on the leafs
Lotus flowers blooming
The end of the blooming, a good spot to snooze?
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