As one who is relatively new to the world of photography I admit I have much to learn. The old adage is true that for the artist the journey itself is the destination. There is no arrival point for the creative soul, per say. But there are steps that all artists must take in order for their gift to become more fully realized. As a scenic photographer with a "bucket list" of shots I wish to take, it is easy to always want to go for the sweeping vistas while ignoring the tender simplicities that exist around us.

And such is the case with this photo. I absolutely love lotus flowers, which grow in profusion in water gardens across Hawaii. In Asia the lotus flower is a symbol of freedom from suffering. The flower rises triumphantly above the muddy waters below and displays a beauty that belies its origins. This is a powerful lesson for us mortals.

I found this tender shoot rising from a waterscape in Kauai and I was honored to be present at her birth. I feel that this tender bud symbolizes my own journey, the beginning of something beautiful unfolding in my life.

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