What do you envision when you think of a lotus flower? Here in Louisiana, we have a very beautiful yellow lotus flower. At the center of the flower is a large pod called graine à voler. Throughout the hot summer months, Cajuns take to the waters in search of the large lily pads with their beautiful flowers. They aren’t after the flowers themselves but for the “graine” within the spent flowers. Within the graine à voler are seeds, which are often referred to as “Cajun Peanuts”.
Crafters are known to collect the dried stalks that contain the seeds for floral arrangements and the like.
The color yellow is often used to represent knowledge, creativity and original thought. It is also a very uplifting color that promotes optimism. Lotus Flower plant grows in muddy swamp type water. As the flower rises out of the mud and above the murky water’s surface, Buddhists believe that this represents followers that rise above obstacles in order to reach enlightenment.
“Be as the Lotus, Open to the rising Sun, unaffected by the muddy depths of its birth or even the water which sustains it.”
As for me, I am fascinated by the beauty of the large patches of the large yellow lotus flowers! I always think of Monet’s paintings when I see a large field of these wonderful flowers.
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