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Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)
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Copyright: Yan Manarsar (yan) (133)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-01
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-15 6:32
Viewed: 5342
Points: 6
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I am still confused the different of lotus and water lily. But I thought this one is lotus. I tried to find what lotus refers to and from wikipedia i got this :

Nelumbo nucifera is known by a number of common names, including Blue Lotus, Indian 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, N. nucifera was unknown, being introduced only at the time of the Persian invasions, late in Egyptian history. The Egyptians venerated the blue water lily (Nymphaea caerulea) and used it in worship, but did not know the true lotus, Nelumbo.

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 Sir Joseph Banks and can be seen in modern 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.

It also has a religious symbolism for India.

Yan M

Body : Nikon D70s
Lens : Sigma 70-300mm @290mm
Filter : Hoya UV

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Hi Yan,
Very nice picture and good sharpness.
Good shot..!
Have a nice week end
Best regards,

Hello Yan,
I cant stop my self raving this picture. Nicely execyted sho. Best compostion. Nice use of DOF. Lotus colors loks true to eyes. Well done.


Hi Yan,
This is a lotus alright -- a sacred flower in Hinduism. Brahma, the Creator, sits atop this flower according to the myth.
A beautiful capture of this lovely flower. The overall composition with one bud and one seed pod behind the main subject is very plesant to look at.
TFS and take care.

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