The lotus is the official flower of India. It represents long life, honor, and good fortune. It is also a symbol of triumph, since the lotus is rooted in the mud and can survive to regerminate for thousands of years. Even though it grows in mud, it remains pure and produces beautiful flowers. Thus, it symbolizes purity of heart and mind.
Heidi Willis-Lotus2 -The botanical artwork of Australian artist Heidi Willis is well worth a look. The detail and beautiful rendering of the subjects reveal a mastery of botanical illustration rarely seen. Heidi's work has appeared in presitgeous competitons such as the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize