Pink Lotus – A Study in Beauty

Pink Lotus Reflection

Pink Lotus Reflection

You know what amazes me about seeing something beautiful? There is always something more to see if we just focus in and look closer. Did you notice the dragonfly in the image above? Sure I could have zoomed in closer for the photos and focused on the small insect in the pond, but the scene of the lotus reflection stole the show.

Small green metallic bee

Small green metallic bee

But then again, what do we miss if not looking closer? This insect for one. How many would miss it being so taken with the bigger scene?

Pink Lotus

Pink Lotus

Lots of water bugs in the photo above. This is the back view of the same lotus. See how different it looks?

Water ripples and dragonfly moves

Water ripples and dragonfly moves

And this makes me look at the reflection closer now that the water is rippled by a slight breeze. It really is a pretty and relaxing sight. And only look at the reflection… it looks rather painted.




There is no doubt the lotus blooms are spectacular, but the leaves are every bit as representative of the plant.

Lotus Reflection

Lotus Reflection

Here is another tiny insect and an even tinier one seen through the translucent petal. Can you imagine going smaller and smaller. Big things are made up of many smaller things, all of importance in its own way.



One thing I did in this post was look at the first lotus and its reflection a number of ways. What I found was with each way to frame the image, I saw more things that changed how I saw it. Below, I noticed the sparkles in the water more than I did in the other images. It really takes studying a subject to really see into it.

Pink Lotus

Pink Lotus

And where was I? The Lord’s Garden. Do you know the lotus is mentioned in the Bible when God speaks to Job? View the slideshow to see where the lotus bloomed.

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26 Responses to Pink Lotus – A Study in Beauty

  1. Mike Powell says:

    Spectacular shots of these gorgeous flowers. I particularly enjoy the reflections. The lotuses that I shot (how cool is it that we both posted today on lotuses) were much taller and the area beneath them was so full of vegetation that there were no reflections. There is so much to love about the lotus. I am glad you pointed out insects too–so many folks miss these kind of details.

    • donna213 says:

      It was funny seeing your beautiful post this morning and we had the same color lotus. You had much better lighting on your lotus, but you are right, the reflection was nice on these. The reflection came out better exposed too. I exposed for the flower and the reflection was too dark. I thought it more important, so made the choice. It was almost noon, so not the best time to photograph though. I am in that area a lot lately, so I may stop again.

  2. Pat says:

    It certainly is a splendid flower. The reflection shots are gorgeous.
    I’ve noticed those little green bees for the first time this year and there are many of them..

  3. I didn’t even notice the reflection in the first photo because I thought it was another lotus. I love the lotus centers with the flat top. So unique to them as well as the leaves. Beautiful!

  4. It’s interesting to see the insects on the lotus. Beautiful!

  5. Hi Donna,
    Were these photos taken at The Lord’s Garden in Eden, NY?
    Stunning photos.

    • donna213 says:

      Yes Tom. I guess I should have put in their address (9998 Clarksburg Rd. Eden) since they host groups there I believe. Thank you, it was around noon when we were there so not the best time for photos. It is an open garden on Thursday and Friday 10am to 5:30pm through July 31, so you may be able to stop in.

  6. BEAUTIFUL Captures – love the pop of PINK 🙂 Happy Hump Day!

  7. My Heartsong says:

    Truly a study as you took us along in the process, seeing the larger picture then looking more to see what layers are there from different point of view.. It reminded me of how we could look at people, in all their various ways so we can see past the first impression.It is a beautiful reflection both in the still water and rippled.

  8. I love the reflections of this beautiful flower! You’re absolutely right, it looks like a painting! Wonderful! I Enjoyed your blog post very much, Donna and I’m rather glad that I noticed that you started this second blog recently. Would be such a pity to miss any of your gorgeous photos (and articels as well).
    Kind regards – Michèle

  9. Your photos are really stunning, I only wish that they didn’t proliferate and really alter the eco system…They are so beautiful. I saw the comment from Mike Powell, very impressive.

  10. Lyle Krahn says:

    You did a masterful job of making your point.

  11. Meta says:

    I, too, enjoyed the Lotus tremendously, the reflections, the insects. It all is very beautiful.

  12. I tis amazing how you see things and then capture them for us to see….I love the reflections!

  13. Truly beautiful images …. and what a marvelous walk through these tiny elements of wonder – thank you!

  14. Maria F. says:

    I’ve always looked for these! They’re amazing!

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