The allure of the lotus blossom dates back thousands of years and has since been embraced by many cultures. In China, the lotus blossom is associated with longevity, purity and spiritual enlightenment. Once a source of food, the nearly all-edible blossoms have evolved to nourish our spirits as well as our bodies. They have long been sources of inspiration, bringing beauty and light from the murkiness beneath them.
The lotus is a member of the water lily family and as I discovered this morning, the water garden that frames the Temple of Heaven in the China Pavilion at Epcot is ablaze with color from these delicate plants. The blooms last only three days before the petals fall, one by one into the water. The Horticulture specialist who maintains this stunning garden said she could not remember the lotus blossoms ever being more beautiful.
In Buddhist lore, the pink lotus ranks “supreme.” The two images I made this morning show the amazing transformation of a pink lotus. I hope you agree that these blooms are truly exquisite.