Lotuses - sunny greetings from prehistoric times
It is said that in ancient times it was huge, ranging from dinosaurs and finishing colors. If dinosaurs we see already in the wild, it's their peers - Lotus - can still delight us every year in dismissing their habitats distribution.
One of these areas - Khabarovsk Territory. Here, on the lake in a small village just a forty minute drive from the city every year there is incredible beauty - pink lotus flowers Komarova, sometimes exceeding the size of a human head. For me to go on a lotus - it is just a tradition, as I recently joked on Twitter, "I went on a lotus before it became mainstream." Of course, we go, we just look at these flowers, treat them with care - the main thing to keep them.
Komarov lotus blossom traditionally in late July-early August. This year we found the very beginning of their flowering - somewhere in the middle of July, in the photo has a lot of buds, which only later bloom chic flowers.
lotus bud close looks impressive - a dense, "meaty", even hard:
After he nearly "opens" his secret - a bright yellow core, guessing at the depth of dense cocoon petals.
But dismissing it shows all the lightness and softness of a flower. Komarov lotus or as they are called can nucifera lotus actually quite common - in the tropical climate of different countries in Asia, in different countries, well, and in our country - on the shores of the seas, on the island of Putyatin and Khanka plain. Nevertheless it, the flowers - no daisies. They are so rare that included in the Red Book of Russia.
From tight bud to long, slightly "curly" leaves a mature lotus flower comes in a few days. The following photos are just a few "different ages" of lotuses.
It is possible to note that different color images at different lotuses, and one photo shows flowers of different degrees of "pink". Just lotuses also change color with age - petals, bright pink in the beginning of flowering, closer to the fall off becomes almost white:
Next lotus bustling. If people (normal, stress, people) of only admire in Russia, and the animals can "eat" the plantation. However, in the same China and lotus are edible - they prehistoric flowers, apparently, not in the red book. Well, some of our Khabarovsk lotuses except that colonies of snails we saw.
lotus flower is incredibly beautiful when it is "alive", if disrupt the lotus, it will fade in a matter of minutes. A maximum of two hours and pozhuhnet flower will turn black. But, nevertheless, there are such vandals that they do so.
I here that is insulting - in our country lotuses are listed as endangered, but in fact they are not guarded. I've seen reports from China, which has created the whole lotus gardens, which allowed tourists for money, which control their every move, where care for the rarest flowers, and ... you can even feed the something "lotus". Plants can go for a meal, because in these conditions, they have no problems with growth, they are not on the verge of extinction. Well, why do we have so impossible?
But back to the reportage ... This year, as in the past, I went "on the Lotus" in the Khabarovsk region twice, once again passing visited one of the Primorye lotus lakes. But the most amazing experience was the morning - get up at four o'clock in the morning, to be on the lake at dawn and see - how to open up towards the sun incredible flowers ... It's really magical!
At least annually, to the lake we have done almost a pilgrimage and the route, not far from him, more like a parking lot of a shopping center - at the number of cars on the roadside, in the morning there is no one. Just you and nature awakens. Not yet dried the dew drops, slowly open and turned their "heads" to the light of the sun flowers ... and the mosquitoes, of course
This is one of the morning pictures - the general plan, about six in the morning, lotus just begun to unfold.
And here is a close-up - "box" lotus, its nitty gritty, nuts ripen in which, as in the time of flowering, and after it. By the way, naive people who take these boxes, thinking to plant the seeds, most of them can be upset - mostly lotuses multiply and grow thanks to the roots. And nuts - is a minor and less effective way.
It seems to me, on a lotus is simply impossible to stop looking.
However, sometimes distracted by their contemplation and more pleasant insects than mosquitoes:
It is also worth pay attention to other, more modest colors:
Well, the most important of my purpose on that trip was to make a small taymlaps how blooming lotuses. While I was wandering with a camera in the bog around my phone, "firmly" attached to a tripod pair of elastic bands for hair (and because I do not lose FIG mobile racks, yes!), Second by second movement imprinted flowers.
What eventually happened, I already showed in LJ - could not stand, so to speak, until the hands reach the photos, videos riveted on the same day. Well, it will not repeat again odd: