Autumn Pond

bowing lotus pod

bowing lotus pod

The dam is moving into seasonal change with mature lotus pods; seeds dropping into the water, floating their way to another fertile damp patch.

glowing colours

glowing colours

Petals gone, tassels hanging like a ballet skirt, radiantly rich against the greenery. Is this ageing gracefully?

inner glow

inner glow

Autumn palette splashing out with pinks, apricots, golds and purples, softness of not-yet-quite ripe seeds, nestled inside their golden womb.

burnished fullness

burnished fullness

Fading leaf, perfect seeds, every part edible, one of nature’s mystical plants, glorious at every stage.

not a petal in sight

not a petal in sight

Large leaves turn their faces to the north, to where the sun is gradually retreating for a six month visit to the other hemisphere. Like solar panels they track the light, soaking up every little bit of sunshine before their own winter retreat to the bottom of the dam. In spring they will re-emerge to dazzle us with rich pink petals.

Life lives every moment to the full. Life has no fear of death. It is all one, cycling around with endless joy, abundance and beauty. Human beings seem to be the only part of life that has forgotten this.

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32 thoughts on “Autumn Pond

    • thank you sharechair, the lotus put me in this mood all the time … do you think plants can be wise? I am sure they are wonderful teachers 🙂

      On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM, dadirridreaming wrote:

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  1. Superb photos!
    Very nicely said: “Life lives every moment to the full. Life has no fear of death. It is all one, cycling around with endless joy, abundance and beauty. Human beings seem to be the only part of life that has forgotten this.”

    🙂

    • thank you dear Thomas, you know how I love your photos and wise words too … I guess the lotus were talking to me, bless them … I am in my autumn season too and soon to go down to the mud … or better said “Christine is in her autumn season and about to be recycled!” for I am always everywhere and no where in everything and no thing 🙂

      On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 8:26 AM, dadirridreaming wrote:

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      • 😀 “Autumn season”… that sounds wonderfully poetic!…And “always everywhere and no where in everything and no thing” is wonderfully poetic too! I concur, but (and it’s an infinitely big but) I also go with what the sagacious William Shakespeare poetically wrote (which tends to make autumn lose its significance):

        But thy eternal summer shall not fade
        Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
        Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
        When in eternal lines to time thou growest

        Also from Walt Whitman (which also happens to be in my book):

        Nothing is ever really lost, or can be lost,
        No birth, identity, form–no object of the world.
        Nor life, nor force, nor any visible thing;
        Appearance must not foil, nor shifted sphere confuse thy brain.
        Ample are time and space–ample the fields of Nature.
        The body, sluggish, aged, cold–the embers left from earlier fires,
        The light in the eye grown dim, shall duly flame again;
        The sun now low in the west rises for mornings and for noons continual;
        To frozen clods ever the spring’s invisible law returns,
        With grass and flowers and summer fruits and corn.

  2. What is you say when someone says something you heartily agree with? Hear Hear? Well, Hear Hear, Christine, I couldn’t agree more, for Westerners, at least.

    I loved it when my lotus flowers turned to pods and would watch carefully, trying to save them before the seeds ripened to the extent that the pod would turn water-wards – gathering a collection to dry further and paint and use for ‘arrangements’. But if I’d had a whole pond … well, is there anything more beautiful than that at this time of year? We never saw ponds full of pods – the flowers were almost universally collected for sale at the temples – another ‘cash crop’ the lotus gave the poor people of the interior of the island. 🙂

  3. Such beautiful flowers, even without the petals. I hope they don’t begrudge us our turn with the Sun.
    “A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.” We watched Strictly Ballroom the other night, such a nice blend of the wacky and the philosophical.

    • you know dear dandyknife, they love you having your turn of the sun, they are so ready for all the changes that are happening, and yes, I loved Strictly Ballroom, must watch it again … and Priscilla Queen of the Desert!

  4. I have a beautiful pink lotus in our pond–it’s been sleeping and it’s slowly waking up! But I’ve never seen a pod like this. That’s fascinating and quite beautiful. I am most curious about it!

    • I wonder why? If it is a waterlily it will not have pods, but if it is a true lotus it cannot help but have them …. you must watch closely this summer Debra!

  5. The Lotus – held in such high esteem in many eastern cultures and religions. I get to see them at Kew Gardens but trying to pinch the seeds would have the parks police chasing me on their bicycles 😉

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