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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lotus Flower (Nelumbo Nucifera)


Lotus flower is a symbol of the sun, of creation and rebirth. Because at night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. According to one creation myth it was a giant lotus which first rose out of the watery chaos at the beginning of time. From this giant lotus the sun itself rose on the first day. A symbol of Upper Egypt .The lotus flower played a prominent role in the version of the creation story that originated in Heliopolis. Before the universe came into being, there was an infinite ocean of inert water which constituted the primeval being named Nun. Out of Nun emerged a lotus flower, together with a single mound of dry land. The lotus blossoms opened, and out stepped the self-created sun god, Atum, as a child. A slightly different version of the creation story originated in Hermopolis. In that version, the sun god who formed himself from the chaos of Nun emerged from the lotus petals as Ra. The lotus is a flower which opens and closes each day. His history went on to say that the petals of the lotus blossom enfolded him when he returned to it each night.

The lotus flower appeared in legends originating from ancient Egypt.

Plant taxonomy systems agree that this flower is in the Nelumbo genus, but disagree as to which family Nelumbo is in, or whether it should be part of its own unique family Nelumbonaceae. According to the US Department of Agriculture, water lilies make up the family Nymphaeaceae of the order Nymphaeales.

Variant Names:
Nelumbo nucifera, known by a number of names including Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus. Botanically, Nelumbo nucifera may also be referred to by its former names, Nelumbium speciosum (Wild.) or Nymphaea nelumbo.
Source: en.wikipedia.org, http://www.kingtutshop.com/
Photograph taken at Tampines East Community Garden, Singapore by Cher


  1. this one's for Betchai who loves pink...

    you have been my great inspiration in photography...

    you are the SUN who brought warmth and a dazzling light in my life through your awesome photos and genuine friendship...

    you CREATEd a photo enthusiast in me..,

    hence i was REBORN in a whole new world of great possibilities!

    this is my way of saying THANK YOU from the innermost chamber of my heart... :)

  2. Cher, thanks so much for this tribute, i really love your gift to us. You always bring us here something to amaze us, with your photography, but as a true photographer, you do not rest with the picture alone, but you extend it to the name, the properties, and the character of the flower. In this regard, I know I should follow you, since that is really photography should be, they say you can not sell your photos when all you can say is describing your emotions when you took it, but with the meaning, we share facts about sujects we took. my applause to you cher, you are so doing well in your photography.

  3. Beautiful flower! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

  4. betchai, you are most welcome! :)

    mei teng, glad to have another flower enthusiast here! been to your site and saw your flower pictures, they are beautiful, too!

  5. Cher, your passion is showing and you are fast becoming a pro, but more all these we are grateful for this tidbits of info we learn from your flower hunt. Thanks, girl!

  6. CheR, our flower girl ! the other day I received a magazine from the mail about flowers (they are selling bulbs of different kinds of flowers). Anyway, it was just like that and I thought about you and I wish you live closer so I can hand you the magazine to show you how pretty all those flower bulbs are.

    Keep filling up our home with your flowers .. they are so lovely !

  7. wow, cher, i never knew the lotus flower represented so many awesome things, and was part of such interesting myths!! and what a lovely picture you have chosen to share with us!! thank you, dear friend.. i can clearly see your skill in photography is blossoming with every shot you take, and i am sooo happy for you:) continue sharing more beautiful pictures with us .. they are so inspiring!! keep it up, cher!

  8. Hi Mei, nice to see you here.

    MJ, glad to see you. I tried calling you earlier, however your voicemail seem to not work well.

  9. hi everyone! i was given 2 days off before starting a new position, i will be busy starting Monday but i will definitely find time to share my flower hunts and stay in touch with you all...

    Tesya, you can share the photos you took with your new cam too! in fact, i just click and click with my point-and-shot cam and never expect you all to appreciate the end result. so happy with all your gratifying comments! ;-)

    chay, that's so sweet of you... it's the thought that counts! thanks, sunshine!

    MJ, go and see the Torch Ginger! it's for you! 'hope everything is well with you, Rog and Tiny. :)

  10. The flower is a beauty. It is amazing how beautiful it is considering it emerges from the muck. This is possible for each of us, too!

  11. thanks for dropping by Sandy! i appreciate your comment, very well said...

  12. lovely, this flowers is indeed very special.

  13. Cher dear, asan ang flowers ko? teehee ;) just kidding girlash :) i so love your flowers Cher, made my day looking at them. So pretty are your flowers like you dear! mwah! :)

  14. hi kangkarot! nasa FS album ko yung flower mo. hanap ko pa ang name. hehehe! thanks, girlash! mwah!




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