Nelumbo nucifera by bobfoto

Nelumbo nucifera

Here's a segue... yesterday's fruit was from the plant Cocos nucifera and today's is Nelumbo nucifera.

And fruit is really the vessel that carries the seed, or even the flesh that surrounds the seed. So here we see the fruit of the Sacred Lotus and the seed within is ripening up and looking the goods for the next generation.

Every part of this plant is edible, from the leaves to the stamens to the seeds and the roots. The seeds seen here are called Gamalgatta in Burma and are well tasty.

Nomnomnomnom.
Did I by any chance give you the idea to visit Anderson Park? My shot was a day too early to enter in the theme. I love just the pod on it's own. I think I like every stage of this plant. Nice bokeh.
May 21st, 2011  
I love the way the colour of the lotus appears to be reflected in the bokeh. A wonderful plant
May 21st, 2011  
Woah. Weird plant!
May 21st, 2011  
@bella_ss - Not really, I was at Andersons to photograph the Sausage Tree but I may leave that for tomorrow. I just got stuck at the pond as I can't resist waterlillies...

@swilde - I framed up another Lotus Flower for the background... You'll probably see a few more of these flowers now that they are flowering...

@meggageg - The stages of a Waterlily are quite interesting and diverse. They make for great photography subjects!
May 21st, 2011  
Me too! I look forward to the Sausage Tree fruit.
May 21st, 2011  
@bella_ss - I have a baby Sausage Tree in my garden but it is a few years away from bearing fruit. So its a trip out to the gardens instead.
May 21st, 2011  
They are quite large trees aren't they? There is one or more in the hospital grounds here. You can't eat the fruit can you?
May 21st, 2011  
So is this the fruit, cut in half? You guys have some fascinating fruits and flowers up there.
May 21st, 2011  
Cool capture, image!
May 21st, 2011  
Great pic. I love the dried pods of these and have quite a few in my "collection".
.....and as a botanist, I always taught students that the official the definition of fruit is the swollen ovary of a flowering plant. Of course, we call other things fruit like strawberries, apples (and other pomes) where the "fruit is not made up of the ovary. (This one is an aggregate fruit ... I think).
...and Marg - that is the whole structure - the pods dry out and the seeds can be plucked directly from the seed pod.
May 21st, 2011  
Nice DOF and processing.
May 21st, 2011  
I´ve never seen this fruit... what does it taste like?
May 21st, 2011  
Interesting looking thing. Nice capture JD.
May 21st, 2011  
Very alien looking thing - looks like lots of little eyes peeking out at you! :) Great shot!
May 21st, 2011  
Ever get the feeling you're being watched?! Love it.
May 21st, 2011  
Love this, the focus is awesome
May 21st, 2011  
A wonderful picture with great information for those who have never come across the fruit. I also love the thread through the comments chain - this project is really a great way to learn about the world we live in!
May 21st, 2011  
Fabulous photo Jason - love the focus and colours
May 21st, 2011  
That is really a neat plant.
May 21st, 2011  
aha lotus - we are eating them here
May 21st, 2011  
This is so great, it reminds me of lots of things. Love the reflection of the pink flower in the background. Such a painterly image, it makes me think of other paintings. Also looks a bit like a poppy? And for some bizarre reason it make me think of Alice in Wonderland... Where's a walrus when you need one? Great photo JD.
May 21st, 2011  
Everything about this plant is beautiful!! Whenever I see the seed pod like this I think of watering cans. Love the watercolor-like flower in the background!!
May 21st, 2011  
Very interesting looking plant ..! Great to read about it too.Lovely DOF makes it really stand out.
May 21st, 2011  
Oh my, an instant fav!! Love the focus on the pod and blurred background!!
May 21st, 2011  
@bella_ss - ask me tomorrow... I mean today... I mean go take a look today?

@murnane @corymbia - Marg, Amanda Thepanda has the answer. And I think I may have to do a profile on these beautiful plants from go to woah!

@bill_d @kezzam - Thanks Bill and Kerry!

@carrapeta00 - The little seeds are quite nutty, like a fresh almond, whereas the root of the plant is a little like a starchy potato, taro almost bamboo shoot like...

@dcr - Thanks Drew. more Lotus shots to come in the next few weeks.

@alia_801 @dmcrisp - It is like a thousand eyes looking up from the periscope!

@trude @difeeney @digitalrn - Thank you Trude, Diana and Rick.

@judithdeacon - Judith, it would amaze you just how widespread these plants are. It is not just the tropics where you'll find these!

@littlec - Some serving suggestions please Littlec, it appears a few amongst up would be interested in just how they are served up.

@mimma_blue - I had spent the morning viewing Japanese Inspired Woodblock Prints at our regional Gallery and I was kinda inspired by what I had seen. While I think I got better composition shots, this one won the day with that background.

@myla - Thank you Myla, I too think of watering cans.

@zferrie - Thanks Zoe, I daresay you should be able to grow and eat these in your part of the world???

@rbobh69 - Thank you for the +fav Bob, I appreciate it.

and everyone, I make no apologies for sending a bulk thank you response. I am sure the majority of you appreciate some of the information that gets bandied back and forth. I learn something everyday from this 365 project!
May 22nd, 2011  
OK, silly pun coming...Did you enjoy the fruits of your labor? All silliness aside, this is a pretty nice capture of that Latin named fruit of yours.
May 22nd, 2011  
That almost does not look like a plant. Maybe a creative shower head.
May 22nd, 2011  
@aj1268 - I did. And as for the Botanical name, it rolls off the tongue... say it wit' me now "Nelumbo nucifera"... "Neeee Lummmm BO, nuuuuuu ciffff errrrr A"!
May 22nd, 2011  
@mhensley - True Michael, these are a very pretty flower, and their own personal evolution is quite amazing. I can see a collection of photos of this plant is required for my 365!
May 22nd, 2011  
@bobfoto In this part of China I have not seen lotus growing but it is readily available in the supermarket and veggie markets - the tuber is sliced horizontally, it is white, has holes in the middle and is crunchy a bit like bamboo shoot or water chestnuts - it stays crunchy even after cooking for a long time. They use it chopped in stir fry but mainly to make soup. Here's a link to a page with some ideas about how to use it. http://www.justhungry.com/how-cook-lotus-root-renkon
I have eaten it but not cooked with it myself.
May 22nd, 2011  
@bobfoto It would go better as a song...what's the beat? OOOHHH! I know! How about "In the Jungle?" ...sing it with me...In the jungle, the mighty jungle, Neeee Lummmm BO, nuuuuuu ciffff errrrr A!
May 22nd, 2011  
I never thought of this as a fruit, it's one of the prettiest fruits getting around!
May 22nd, 2011  
@aj1268 - That IS Funny! You crack me up!!!
May 22nd, 2011  
@littlec - Thanks Littlec, I too have see it in the Asian Grocer here in town. Tried on a few occasions too... might have to pinch some fresh seed though eh but?
May 22nd, 2011  
@cocorose - well fruit can be classified with interest... @corymbia Miss Thepanda describes it well. If you think of apples or oranges then the fruit bit really just provides a vessel for the ripening seed. Much the same as some nuts or capsules of Gum Trees.

I can remember a time when Bananas had seed.
May 22nd, 2011  
Great shot! Love the detail. I feel like it is an upright shower head......
May 22nd, 2011  
@canberrabec - Thanks 'Bec, it is an unusual flower/bud/fruit/capsule. More to follow #:0)=
May 22nd, 2011  
Fascinating, nice picture.
May 22nd, 2011  
Very simple and beautiful!
May 22nd, 2011  
I love the simplicity. Although I now feel like I'm being watch by lots of little green eyes.
May 23rd, 2011  
interesting & "alien" looking plant! Love the composition!
May 23rd, 2011  
this is so cool and interesting looking!
May 23rd, 2011  
Very beautiful capture! I like the simplicity, DOF, colours
May 23rd, 2011  
@lauralee94 @lmasinton @rach_who @molizard @laurentye - Thanks Laura, Lael, Rach, Molizard and Lauren. I'm sold, I'm off to take a few more Lotus fotos.
May 23rd, 2011  
@scatcat - Thanks Muse, I was inspired for this shot!
May 23rd, 2011  
Ahh, it's looking at me with his thousands of eyes... Wonderful depth of field - I've never seen any plant which looked like that!
May 23rd, 2011  
This is amazing, I can't imagine that this stuff just grows everywhere for you to enjoy! I have to get to Australia!! It kinda reminds me of a weird alien with lots of eyeballs, hehe... So cool, love it.
May 23rd, 2011  
@jannaellen @jupiterjanes - knowing that these guys are native to quite a large area of Asia and the Pacific, and the fact that these have been a known food source for a large group of people, I sometimes take them for granted when I see lakes and ponds filled with them. But I can hardly go past them without taking a photograph. I would say if you collated all my floral fotos on my harddrive, then these Lotus flowers would be very popular.
May 23rd, 2011  
unreal! i have never heard of or seen something like this. It does not look edible to me. haha. great shot!
May 25th, 2011  
@kdimagery - they don't have a huge flavour... I went back today to look for some edible ones within reach, but they were all flogged!
May 26th, 2011  
It doesn't look tasty, I see a bunch of little eyes :-p
May 26th, 2011  
@amz87 - tasty little eyes though eh but?
May 26th, 2011  
@bobfoto Perhaps lol
May 26th, 2011  
@amz87 - you like Almonds don't you? Who doesn't like Almonds?
May 26th, 2011  
@amz87 - I ain't saying they're Almonds... just saying they kinda taste like that... you know, just sayin'
May 26th, 2011  
@bobfoto I could take them or leave them, I don't really have much of an opinion about almonds.
May 26th, 2011  
@amz87 - ok then.
May 26th, 2011  
@bobfoto i will have to google these sometime and read about them and see more photos...they sound so interesting!
May 26th, 2011  
@kdimagery - they're real addictive... I dare any photographer to pass a pond of Lotus Flowers and not stop to take a shot or 30!
May 27th, 2011  
Ian
Beautifull, looks almost like a shower head, Love it!!
May 27th, 2011  
@hanky - a shower head blocked with green seeds???
May 27th, 2011  
@bobfoto well if i could, i would :D
May 27th, 2011  
@kdimagery - I sometimes go to this park to photograph the birdies, and I often come home with 100 shots of waterlillies...
May 27th, 2011  
Beautiful lotus fruit Jason - is it the starchy roots that are eaten?
May 29th, 2011  
@brittgow - the whole lot Britt. Those little green seeds, the seed head, the starchy root, even the leaves can be eaten!
May 29th, 2011  
@brittgow - and don't forget, even the petals are tasty!
May 29th, 2011  
Is that what happened to them?
May 29th, 2011  
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