October 9, 2011

Lotus Bloom, Maryland

Photograph by Stephanie Lane, National Geographic

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Looking like a lemon torte on a plate of petals, a lotus blooms in a Maryland garden pool. The chartreuse circle, three inches (eight centimeters) in diameter, is dotted with 23 seed holders and ringed by immature pollen sacs.

(From the upcoming National Geographic book Visions of Earth)

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