Photographer's Note

Hi everyone I am happy to be back after a very busy 4 or 5 weeks. I only had a chance to go out and take pictures a of couple times during the last month and this was one of them. This was taken in the excellent Lewis-Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA. I thought this was a water lily since it looked like one and was growing out of the water but the sign said it was a lotus which I guess makes this is a cousin of the water lily as I checked Wikipedia and it said blue lotus, Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, and sacred water-lily were all common names. It grows in ponds or rivers.

There are some notes I'd like to point out here. For the life of me I can't figure out how the background got black since it's really supposed to be the pond it was growing in. Let's just call it a happy accident as I think it helps make the flower stand out better. I most definitely did not add the black during post-processing. Also this is the first post with my zoom lens I bought a couple months ago. This was taken at the full 300mm. Lastly it was taken around 3pm.

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