When I lived in Laos during the '60s, I was given a bouquet of lotus buds as a gift for the birth of my daughter. Ten years ago, I rediscovered the lotus at the Farmers' Market in Ithaca and purchased six plants for my pond. At present, there are over 500 lotus that bloom in the summer and provide an incredible display of serenity and beauty.

The lotus are a sacred flower in Buddhism because they grow from muck but produce a delicate, beautiful flower with a sweet aroma.

These digital montages have been produced from images taken with my Canon Rebel. Using software, I extract sections of the image and produce montages made from layers of floral parts.
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