We are raising ourselves out from the mud: Lotus

Your body will tell you if you’ve put something wrong into your mouth. I’ve been working on these lotus photographs for a few days. I’ve been practicing different techniques to mould their mood, hand painting each each detail within each photo. Unlike food there is no primal way to know if they’re, well, palatable. So do let me know what you think . Remember, I’ve only been taking photographs since April.

I took these photos at the pond adjacent to the Hachimangu Shrine, in Kamakura. The clouds were just about to burst when I took the first three. It was a sudden, heavy downpour. I waited with camera and tripod under a large wooden awning with other tourists, all sitting silent as the rain pat, pat, pat the giant lotus leaves before us. The pink or white flowers swayed. Turtles broke the surface of the water and within minutes the rain stopped. The air smelled green, the pond looked bright and clean. The walkways glistened keeping us above the mud as we were all back on the path winding round the louts pond.

 

Note: I’m not sure why, but comments aren’t coming up on my pages. I’ll have to work on this.

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14 Comments on “We are raising ourselves out from the mud: Lotus

    • Thanks again. It’s a learning experience.

      I’m thinking I’m just about ready to open Photoshop and work with the two programs together.

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      • Do you also teach Photoshop, Patty?

        There’s another program within it called Bridge. It looks like Lightroom without the editing features. Do you think I should use it as well?

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      • I don’t teach PS, but I know Bridge is an amazing program. A lot of PS users do most of their editing in Bridge!

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  1. Beautiful pictures as usual. They reminded me the quotation that symbolizes the theme of “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, the film about Tina Turner: “The lotus is a flower that blooms in the mud.
    The thicker and deeper the mud, the more
    beautiful the lotus blooms.”

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  2. Beautiful pictures as usual. They reminded me the quotation that symbolizes the theme of “What’s Love Got to Do With It!, the film about Tina Turner: “The lotus is a flower that blooms in the mud.
    The thicker and deeper the mud, the more
    beautiful the lotus blooms.”

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    • Thank you for bringing that film to mind. And the image of the lotus.

      You know, I was in Koya-san for a couple of days and a monk told me that when they meditate on the Buddha in the lotus that he is alway sitting on a moon (within the lotus), which was to say that nothing has its own light but is a reflection of something beyond us.

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