"Melody" - © Andy Leung (Flickr)

The lotus is often used as a Buddhist symbol. The plant grows in the mud of materialism or suffering, but blooms pristinely above the water’s surface, symbolizing the achievement of purity or enlightenment.

either small bird big flower or regular sized bird even bigger flower. WEIRD

Always watching! Little birdy perched on a pink flower bud. The bud is bigger than the birdy! :) very sweet pic. Kind of like our kids, right?little person/bird compared to the big world around them.

Pink & Green Lotus Bud

The lotus…It grows from the muck below and blossoms as a beautiful, pristine flower above. All of us have our feet in the stinking mud, and yet there is an opportunity to offer our lives, however imperfect they are, to others. ~ Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower : The Hindus of India noted that the ungerminated seeds of the lotus contain perfectly formed leaves, a blueprint for the future plant. Thus to the Hindu, the lotus represents divine ideation passing from abstract into concrete form.

Lotus Flower by *emerald753 on deviantART

“He said that we belonged together because he was born with a flower and I was born with a butterfly and that flowers and butterflies need each other for survival.” ― Gemma Malley, The Declaration