Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Have You Ever Seen a Lotus Pond?

I NEVER HAD, UNTIL A FRIEND BROUGHT ME TO THIS POND ON POMEROY LANE IN SOUTH AMHERST. YOU MAY KNOW THE LOTUS AS A SYMBOL OF ENLIGHTENMENT. ITS ROOTS HOLDING FIRM IN THE MUCK AT THE POND'S BOTTOM, IT RISES ABOVE TO CREATE ITS GLORIOUS, TRANSCENDENT FLOWER. WITHOUT THE MUCK OF LIFE, WHERE WE MUST PLANT OUR FEET, WE CANNOT WAKE UP TO THE FRESH, ASTONISHING PRESENT MOMENT.

CAN YOU GRASP THE SIZE OF THIS BUD? IT'S BIGGER THAN MY FIST.

THE OPEN FLOWERS . . .

. . . ARE JUST HUGE . . . YOU HAVE TO SEE THEM TO BELIEVE IT!

WHEN THE PETALS FALL, THE YELLOW CENTER TURNS GREEN, AND THE SEEDS CONTAINED INSIDE DEVELOP FURTHER. (I CAN'T HELP THINKING THIS LOOKS LIKE THE MULTI-NOSTRIL NOSE OF SOME CRAZY ALIEN, GENTLY SNIFFING THE SUMMER AIR.)

AS THE POD DRIES, THE SEEDS MATURE. EVENTUALLY, THEY FALL INTO THE POND, SEEDING THE MUD FOR NEXT YEAR'S SHOW.

5 comments:

pRiyA said...

these pictures are breathtaking.
i have seen a lotus pond before, but much smaller.

GREEN KEY said...

Thanks Priya. Nice to see you again. :-)

sophie munns said...

I love these wonderful images!
Lovely to visit your blog...
best,
S

Green Key said...

Hi Sophie. Thanks for stopping by!

Mark Nguyen said...

I was so happy when I saw this post. I love lotus flower.

Do you have the exact address of this location? When did you take these pics? I hope these lotus flowers would still there next year. I would like to visit. I'm from Nebraska.