To ancient civilizations, the Lotus Flower was a religious symbol representing purity, beauty, rebirth and spiritual awakening. The white lotus in particular, is depicted in Egyptian, Greek and Hindu mythology as a symbol of great importance.
This made me think about how awake I am to the world around me. My photographic quest drives me to be more aware of my surroundings. In doing this, I also want to be more awake spiritually. Seeing the beauty of nature should bring me to a state of appreciation and remind me that I am called to respond.
I can respond in one of two ways. I can view the world as something to be possessed, to compete over and be conquered or as a gift to be cherished and shared. When we see life as a game of “who has the most toys” then everything is a possible prize. Highly desired when we don’t have it and easily forgotten once attained. When you see the world as a great gift for us all, you can respond with thankfulness and generosity toward others.
I believe I have a responsibility to not only admire the beauty of God’s creation but also, to be thankful for the great blessings I am surrounded with. I feel a drive to combine my search for beautiful things to capture photographically with a spiritual growth so I can both get more joy out of life and share the joy I experience with others. I hope that you can experience this as well by counting the blessings of everyday life.
I saw this blossom at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in a decorative pond on the outskirts of the Edibles Garden. The white flower on a tall stalk was just crying out for attention. Glowing in the sunlight against a dark background of grasses planted along the glistening blue water.
Technically, this was not the best time to be trying to get a shot of this beautiful flower. It was approaching noon on a bright summer day so most of the light was pretty harsh. I think some of the highlights a the top of the flower got blown out but most of this was in partial shade so the majority of the details are good. Had to give it a try. What do you think?
Daily Post Prompt: Drive
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
86mm at f/8 – 1/320 sec – ISO800