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I went back to the lotus pond this morning at 7 AM, and the lotus flowers were indeed opening up. I was not the only visitor, but the other visitors were just bees gorging themselves on the inside of the flowers.

Lotus buds. These are young flowers that need a few more days before opening up.

Lotus buds. These are young flowers that need a few more days before opening up.

Lotus flowers opening

Lotus flowers opening

Partially opened

Partially opened

Fully opened flower

Fully opened flower

Pink lotus

Pink lotus

Darker pink lotus. Note the bee gathering nectar.

Darker pink lotus. Note the bee gathering nectar.

Bee hovering over lotus

Bee hovering over lotus

Bee landing on lotus

Bee landing on lotus

View of lotus pond

View of lotus pond

Still shy lotus

Still shy lotus

 

 

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