The Beauty of Plants
Creation by Robin Williams

Image details - Creation

Photographer: Robin Williams (see profile)
Competition: Competition-14
Category: The Beauty of Plants
Location: Blue Lotus Water Gardens, Victoria, Australia


I captured this macro shot of the golden reproductive parts of a Nelumbo nucifera (white lotus) flower head – which was ready for pollination; this plant can use thermoregulation – to self-heat the flowers to aid in fertilisation.

The sacred lotus is a rhizomatous aquatic perennial and is a ‘living fossil’ dating to pre-history, having been domesticated in Asia about 7,000 years ago. It is believed that its main pollinators are mostly bees, flies and beetles.


Overall winner - International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition-14