14 August 2012


The Lotus flower grows in several of Menton's famous gardens. These pics were taken in the Serre de la Madone.

The sacred Lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, is an important spiritual symbol in Eastern religions. It represents purity, divine wisdom, and the individual's progress from the lowest to the highest state of consciousness.

All parts of the lotus are edible. Apparently the seeds, which can be eaten raw or cooked, have a chestnut-like flavour. The lotus grows in water and some people think it's a type of waterlily but it isn't? There is no relation to the water lily.

Look at the extraordinary circular seed pods. Look at the light and shade created by the beautiful leaves. And then look at the glorious flower. Isn't it a wonder ...


La fleur de lotus pousse dans plusieurs célèbres jardins de Menton . Ces photos ont été prises dans la Serre de la Madone.

Le Lotus sacré, Nelumbo nucifera, est un symbole spirituel important dans les religions orientales. Il représente la pureté, la sagesse divine, et les progrès de l'individu du plus bas au plus haut niveau ​​de conscience. 

Toutes les parties du lotus sont comestibles. Apparemment, les graines, qui peuvent être mangées crues ou cuites, ont une saveur de châtaigne. Le lotus pousse dans l'eau et certaines personnes pensent qu'il s'agit d'un type de nénuphar, mais ce n'est pas le cas. Il n'a aucun rapport avec le nénuphar.

Regardez les extraordinaires gousses de graines rondes. Regardez la lumière et l'ombre créées par les belles feuilles. Et enfin regardez la fleur glorieuse. N'est-elle pas merveilleuse ...


  1. It is a wonder to look at & so are your photos of it - very nice!

  2. Your botanical shots are consistently terrific. Great photo @extradiagetic

  3. Beautiful flowers. It prompts me to take a few myself

  4. Ahhh.. The Lotus is my Avatar.... I love these photos - I'm painting lotuses at the moment.....

  5. Wow Jilly that top photo is EXCEPTIONAL. The angle, the composition, the texture and softness of the flower, the fact that no part of it is over-exposed, which is quite an achievement with all this white in bright light... Jilly please keep this one in your very special file!


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