Lovely Lotuses (August – September 2020). #Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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30 Responses to Lovely Lotuses (August – September 2020). #Wordless Wednesday

  1. I love the way the lotuses are all facing in the same direction. The undersides of the leaves are as lovely as the flower itself. And what a great place for a duck to hang out. 🙂 It’s as if she’s on a meditative swim, enjoying a bit of solitutde. Beautiful pictures, Linda.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked the pictures Barbara – it is amazing how the lotuses look so uniform facing the same way. In the Winter, in the marsh area where the smaller lotus bed is found, all you see are brown sticks poking out of the ice, with their seed pods all facing the same way. It looks like a group of periscopes all trained on the same view. I was hoping to contrast the duck against the leaves which were still pretty small at that time – they grew quickly for the next time I saw them. The duck wove in and out of the leaves … just the duck and I that morning … very peaceful. I don’t understand why there were not many lotuses in bloom as we had such a hot and tropical feel to our Summer months.

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  2. That was quite a story for Wordless Wednesday! Beautiful!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked it Anne – I had hoped to see more Lotus blooms given our tropical temps all Summer – I could see them from a distance, but unfortunately you can’t get close to the Lotus beds unless you are in a boat or have a very long lens.

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  3. Love lotus flowers. They (including the root system) are too big for my small pond but they are so beautiful.

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  4. Joni says:

    I’m surprised how many they are, but then I’ve only seen a single lotus! That duck seems content in Lotusland.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, they are really big Lotus beds. They are fairly close to shore both at Lake Erie and in the marsh area but not close enough for me to get closeups like I’d like. That’s why I went into that little alcove with the sand to see if I could get closer. That’s the only beach at the whole park, not much bigger than the kitchen table. That duck did look content, weaving her way around those leaves that were way bigger than she was.

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  5. Sandra J says:

    From your pictures, these lotus’s look huge, I have never seen them. They are so pretty, great hiding places for the fish underneath I bet.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      They are really huge Sandra – they can get up to six feet high. The blooms are hard to see as the lotus beds look close, but are off shore a bit. If you had a boat, you could get right in there with a camera for some up-close shots. I never thought about the fish – yes, a great place to hide under cover of those huge leaves!

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  6. J P says:

    We will soon miss all that green.

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  7. Eliza says:

    They’re gorgeous! I saw them in a pond hotel. I thought they were arranged exactly .

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  8. Prior... says:

    Thank you for the green and natural delight – 😉

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  9. I love Lotus so much I bought potted ones and drooped them in my ponds one year. My ponds are too shallow to winter over and I lost them. Loved you pictures Linda!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Aww, that’s too bad Diane … even taking them into the house would not work. My neighbor used to overwinter my Hibiscus plants and a Mandevilla tree for years. She kept them in her kitchen doorwall – they got lots of sun all Winter and she liked having them there in her kitchen area. But, then she got a dog and the dog needed to be able to get in/out onto the deck through the doorwall, so I had to keep my plants in my basement … they did not last longer than a few weeks – the fluorescent lights were not strong enough to sustain them.

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  10. Sartenada says:

    Hi Linda.

    Lotus, I have only seen them abroad. So beautiful flowers and your photos also. Thank you.

    Have a great day!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Matti. I wished there would have been more blooms, especially since we had such a warm and humid Summer this year. Glad you liked the flowers – the size of the flowers and leaves rising out of the water is just amazing. I wish we could get closer to the lotus beds. Have a great day Matti.

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  11. Ally Bean says:

    I rarely see lotus so this is a cool thing for me. Your photos are beautiful. Rather lovely.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      They really are beautiful and I wish I could get closer to them – the shore and overlook are not that close. They are lovely when they are all in bloom and very huge – they all face the same way while alive and then in Winter as well – the dead stalks and pods, all facing the same way, look like periscopes in the water.

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  12. Laurie says:

    So pretty! I thought of you and the water lotuses when my grandson and I found a pond full of them when we were exploring yesterday.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      They are – I was hoping to see more blooms that were closer – most of these were far away. I know it is warmer in your state than here – you were lucky they were still blooming Laurie.

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  13. bekitschig says:

    Beautiful shades of green!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I’ll try to remember how green and vibrant they were during the Winter. In the Winter, they are just frozen sticks in the marsh area (in the lake, the water doesn’t freeze very often) … they look like periscopes sticking out of the water as the Lotus pods and sticks all face the same way.

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  14. Gorgeous!! I’ve only seen lotuses in Bali, never anywhere here in the US. Did you know that you can eat the roots of this lovely plant? They are reminiscent of water chestnuts and look incredibly beautiful when sliced horizontally. Great post, Linda! 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked the post Sabine. I imagine they would be beautiful in Bali, such a picturesque water venue to begin with. No, I didn’t know that they could be eaten – that’s amazing and the roots must be huge since the plant can grow from two to six feet tall. These are two of the largest Lotus beds in the U,S. and they are protected plants, so you are not allowed to take leaves, blooms, or even the seed pod at the end of blooming season. In Winter, the marsh freezes and the stalks stick out of the marsh area – they are tall brown sticks with seed pods on top and look like periscopes as they all face the same way.

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