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Water Lily
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-16
Categories: Flowers
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Water Lillies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-13 6:49
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Points: 14
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Natural Facts about the Lotus & the Water Lily:
Although there is a botanical distinction, the lotus and water lily are often used interchangeably in folklore and mythology. Generally lotus refers to the water lily of India or the plant depicted in sacred art and stories, while the water lily is more often used by naturalists. As an example of the confusion, the World Book actually has two entries, one for the lotus, one for the water lily, both clearly referring to the same plant and neither referring to the other entry.

The lotus of India belongs to the Nelumbo genus (Nelumbo is the Sinhalese name for the plant). It has large flowers and leaves that sometimes grow up above the water. The plant's thorny stalk discourages fish from nibbling on it. The upper cupule or fleshy capsule of the lotus dries out at maturity and separates from the plant. Floating about, it scatters seed from the many perforated holes in its surface.

In Asia, there is only one species of lotus with red and white blooms. Yet early Buddhist scriptures, referring to the seven precious lotuses, mention blue and yellow flowers. The water lily, native to Egypt, has blue flowers but the yellow-flowered water lily is native to North America. This mystery may be addressed in this Buddhist sutra:

"The lotuses of heaven can change according to people's wishes, flowering when needed. In this way they bring joy to the hearts of all. There is no need to declare one false and the other real. Both are called the wondrous lotus flower."

The water lily belongs to the Nympha genus, derived from the same word as Nymph. The Greek word nymph, besides being used to describe the feminine spirits of water and trees, also means something young and budding (like the larva of certain insects) and is the name for the labia minora. In Europe, the common white water lily, the one painted by Monet, is nympha alba while in North America, we're more familiar with nuphar lutea, the yellow water lilies, also called spatterdocks or cow lilies. The English sometimes call the plant "brandy bottle" because the flowers smell like stale wine which attracts flies, the pollinators for the plant.

Every part of the lotus found in India (nelumbo nucifera) is edible. Seeds are roasted to make puffs called mahkanas. The plant's roots are ground up to make lotus meal.

Native Americans also used the ground flour of a similar plant, Nelumbo lutea. Thomas Nuttal (quoted by Coffey) made notes in 1821 of the way the Quapaws of Arkansas used the plant. The young leaves were cooked, the tubers baked, the young seeds eaten raw or cooked and the ripe seeds of winter roasted, boiled or ground into meal. Furthermore they extracted an edible oil from the seeds.

Source: http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/flowers/lotus.html

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Superb composition, Dr. Subhash!
You have "seen" it first and then captured it with your camera.
Amazing colours and contrast.
The flower looks three-dimensional and pleases not only my eyes but also my soul.
Thanks for sharing this image.

An interesting note with a brilliant shot, my friend Ranjan!
very well done!

hello Subhash

beautiful image with very fine POV & DOF, beautiful luminosity
of the image, excellent sharpness and details,
and very educative notes, TFS


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-07-14 7:18]

Hello Subhash
How beautiful this water lily! I like very much the colors. Good framing and composition and very interesting note.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

Hi Subhash,
Bright vivid colors seen in the lotus, and it stands out very well in the frame.
Well exposed with nice detail & DOF.
Thank you for the comprehensive notes on this also,

Hello Ranjan,
beautiful shot of water lily with nice details,lovely colours and good pov,
well done,

Bonjour Subhash,
J'aime particulièrement le graphisme de ces fleurs et la restituion que tu en fais, couleurs et détails, est particulièrement réussie sous un excellent angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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