A white lotus in its early stage of blooming.
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A butterfly alighted on a thistle.
Wheaton, Maryland, USA.
Close up of an orchid at the U.S. Botanical Garden.
Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
An new lotus leaf emerging from a pond with a spider.
Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
A lotus leaf emerging from a pond.
A butterfly alighted on a frond.
Detail of a mature lotus leaf.
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