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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-27
Categories: Water Plants
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-07 7:41
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Nelumbo nucifera is known by a number of common names, including blue lotus, Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, and sacred water-lily. Botanically, Nelumbo nucifera (Gaertn.) may also be referred to by its former names, Nelumbium speciosum (Wild.) or Nymphaea nelumbo. This plant is an aquatic perennial, but if its seeds are preserved under favorable circumstances, they may remain viable for many years.

In Ancient Egypt, Nelumbo nucifera was unknown, being introduced only at the time of the Persian invasions, late in ancient Egyptian history. The ancient Egyptians venerated the blue water-lily, Nymphaea caerulea, which was sometimes known as the "blue lotus" or "sacred lotus".

N. nucifera was native to a huge area from modern Vietnam to Afghanistan, being spread widely as an ornamental and food plant. In 1787 it was first brought into horticulture in Western Europe as a stove-house water-lily under the patronage of Joseph Banks and can be seen in botanical garden collections where heating is provided. Today it is rare or extinct in the wild in Africa but widely naturalized in southern Asia and Australia, where it is commonly cultivated in water gardens. It is the National Flower of India and Vietnam.

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Proteales
Family: Nelumbonaceae
Genus: Nelumbo
Species: N. nucifera

Cultural Significance
Sacred Lotus Hindus associate the lotus (Padma) blossom with creation mythology, and with the gods Vishnu, Brahma, and the goddesses Lakshmi and Sarasvati. From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Hindu tradition. It is often used as an example of divine beauty, for example Vishnu is often described as the 'Lotus-Eyed One'. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise. Particularily Brahma and Lakshmi, the divinities of potence and wealth, have the lotus symbol associated with them. In Hindu iconography, deities often are depicted with lotus flowers as their seats. In Hindi it is called कमल (Kamal) which is also a popular name for men, the female form is Kamala.

The lotus flower is quoted extensively within Puranic and Vedic literature, for example:

One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water. Bhagavad Gita 5.10

Borrowing from Hinduism, in Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of body, speech, and mind, floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. The Buddha is often depicted sitting on a giant lotus leaf or blossom. According to legend, he was born with the ability to walk and everywhere he stepped, lotus flowers bloomed.

Drawing in turn on these Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, the international Bahá'í community adopted this symbolism in the design of the Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India.

The Chinese also revere the sacred lotus as a symbol of purity and elegance, and it is a common motif in ancient Chinese poetry. A famous statement about the lotus' symbolism in Chinese culture is made by Confucian scholar Zhou Dunyi: I love the lotus because, while growing from mud, it is unstained.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-07 8:13]

Wow! What stunning flowers!
And a great shot of them as well!
Vivid colours and excellent saturation.
Brilliant composition and POV.
Razor-sharp with excellent clarity.
Stunning shot Ganesh!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-07 8:21]

What a lovely shot of these Lotus Ganesh, amazing colours and perfect sharp focus, very well done. I think your POV is perfect too!

Hi Gannu,
the colours are amazing.
You have nabage to get a very good DOF, the whole picture is
in focusan all the details are well seen.
I like the compositiona and POV a lot.
Well done.

Hello Ganesan,
What a colourful picture!.
Lovely flowers taken with excellent POV, DOF and sharpness.
Well saturated colours.
Thanks for the share,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-07 10:07]

Hello Ganesh,
Wonderful view of these Water Lilies (Nymphae odorata)not a Lotus! Still as beautiful and very sharply portrayed. Lovely colours in a very fine composition too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Ganesh,
Wonderful eye popping color here! Very nice composition of these beautiful blossoms amongst the floating leaves. Fine focus and DOF. Thanks for the wonderful informative note also. Richard

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-07 12:19]

Hello Gannu. You have for us such a brightly coloured picture of the two flowers. which you have captured with such fine detail and rich colours. and a nice POV. very well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend

hello Narayanan
what a beautiful twins. Great sharp detail. Composition and POV perfect. Splendid coloration. Great work. TFS, well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-07 21:58]

Hello Ganesh

Striking colour and beauty!
This is very well composed with excellent focus and sharpness.
A lovely composition.
Great job.


Wow! What a colors?

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