In Buddhism the lotus flower is known to be associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness.
The flower is considered pure as it is able to emerge from murky waters in the morning and be perfectly clean.
Anybody who has ever observed a lotus flower or water lily emerging from a muddy pond cannot fail to see the beauty of this exquisite plant.
These images, created over a period of 10 years at numerous locations and botanical gardens throughout the United States, attempt to capture the spiritual and beauty of this mystical flowers and its close cousin, the water lily. Enjoy!