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Point and shoot.

Don’t forget where you came from, but never let that hold you back either.

The beautiful lotus blossom springs from the mud and rotting detritus below. Its bud shoots high above the surface and opens its fragrant petals into the sun. For a few brief days it stays this way until it dries and turns back into ash. The lotus motif is a symbol often associated with Buddhism.

The entire plant is completely edible. Lotus seeds are boiled and coated with sugar which is used as a treat on Tet (Vietnamese New Year). The tubers in its roots are boiled in pork and chicken stock and sliced. It has a subtle flavor and a slight crunch. Its stalks are used in many dishes and soups. The leaves are very fragrant and can be used either fresh or dried for wrapping over sticky rice.

I took this image at the Wat Phra Kaew in Thailand. It is in its last days of bloom and the petals will eventually fall, only leaving behind the seed pod and stalk.

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