The Lotus And The Bee

A Bee Hovering Above A White Lotus Before Landing On Its Stamens To Gather Pollen

As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance of the flower, so do the wise move through the world  –  Buddha

Lotus plants are perennial and commonly found in ponds in this part of the world. I was quite pleased to find clusters of them thriving in a stream near our home on one of our walks, and over two early Sunday mornings (when it is still rather quiet and the sunlight not too intense), I was back at the stream for a bit of lotus photography. I photographed from the bank as I was not keen to wade in the murky stream for fear of rashes and getting myself wet. In retrospect, this worked quite well for me as I was able to capture the lotus in their natural habitat with the bees, which adds further interest to the photos you see here.

The whole lotus plant, not just its flowers is indeed very beautiful, its rather ironic such a beautiful creation of nature actually grows and thrives in a murky and mucky environment. Besides cultural significance, the lotus plant is a plant of many uses (like the coconut tree). The flowers, seeds, young leaves, and “roots” are all edible, the large leaves used as food wrap.

A Freshly Bloomed White Lotus Flower Looks So Delicate, Pure and White!

Drawn Like A Moth To A Flame

As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world   –  Buddha

All photos Fuji X-E2 with XF 55-200mm

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3 thoughts on “The Lotus And The Bee

    • hi elizabeth,
      firstly, many thanks for the likes and following.
      much appreciated.
      i do not recall the flowers stimulating my olfactory senses, then again i was photographing from a distance and there was a slight reeking smell from the stream! upon checking on the web, i found out that the flowers are indeed fragrant, the intensity and fragrance profile differs depending on the variety. The scent is described as “pleasant,” “heady,” “fruity,” or “sweet.”

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