Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Selections #104



Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.


I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have photos of the lotus pond in our Botanical Gardens.
I'd heard on TV that the lotus were flowering, so I grabbed my camera and caught the bus into town. 


I have in my head that this is a Lily pond, but as you can see the flowers are Sacred Lotus.
 
There weren't as many open blossoms as I'd hoped for.

So pink it's almost purple.

As the seed pods develop, the petals begin to open fully.

The leaves are thick around the edges of the pond.

The centre has lots of dead stalks and green algae.

A lone duck.

Here's the rest of the family.

After the petals are fully opened, they gradually drop away and the seed pod ripens to green.

Here's another one, with the stamens still surrounding the seed pod.

Here you can see many new buds waiting to open and a few seed pods that have turned green.
As they become fuller and heavier with the seeds inside, they will droop and look like shower heads.
Then they will dry and turn brown and the ripened seeds will drop into the pond to grow again next summer.

Looking across the pond into the sun gave a rainbow effect to this photo.











6 comments:

  1. Oh. How lovely. How green and serene the pond is, with the pink accents. And I have a very big soft spot for ducks too. Thank you.

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  2. They are beautiful. I remember seeing huge numbers of them in Thailand.

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  3. We have these on ponds, too, but I don't recall so many petals. Perhaps ours are lilies.

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  4. Beautiful! I've always wanted a pond with them in it. One day...

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  5. Thank you River for sharing such beautiful pictures. The final one is just so glorious with that rainbow effect. I don't think we have anything like that in Perth but then I don't get out these days so perhaps...somewhere. Who knows.

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  6. Elephant's Child; it is a very serene pond, not too big, not too small. I looked for a high spot close by to get an overhead shot, but there isn't one.

    Andrew; they're lovely when they are massed all together.

    Joanne Noragon; do a little googling and find out.

    Cindi Clarke; I used to want one with fish as well as the lotus, overhanging rocks to sit on, a little bridge across it....

    Mimsie; perhaps there is one in the Perth Botanic Gardens. You could have a family outing maybe one day.

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