Lotus Flower - Sacred Lotus – Nelumbo nucifera
Lotus Flower, specifically the Sacred Lotus or Nelumbo nucifera. Also commonly referred to as a Water Lily, Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles, California, USA. This was taken in 2007, one of the last blooms of the original planting decades ago. The Lotus Flowers completely died out in Echo Park Lake in 2008 for unknown reasons. There were no blooms in 2008. The city is working on plans to plant them again under more favorable conditions.
These were the best lotus flowers I have seen and I am looking forward to the replacement plants.
Here is a shot of another lotus from the same lake that surprsed me with the mystical inner light they seem to posess...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/14176959@N05/2540037842/ ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/14176959@N05/2540037842/ )
From California Dreaming