this lotus was truly spectacular. this capture does not begin to do it justice, but it was the best i could do. when i stopped by the arboretum a couple of days ago, the bud alone was as large as my fist, and over 5 feet tall. today, the bloom was perfect! j c raulston arboretum, ncsu, raleigh, north carolina. best viewed humongous! seen in explore for at least 30 minutes or so.