On the first day of our official summer vacation I was fortunate enough to join my Korean co-teachers on a trip to the southern part of the country. Our destination was Gilisan (Gili Mountain) however, because of the heavy rains we were not able to actually see the famed mount. We did however, make a short stop at the oldest man-made forest in Korea. It was here that I learned that the famed Lotus flowers are indeed enormous! I never imagined that this Asian icon would be the size of a large grapefruit.
I was taken by the mystery and the abnormality of the lotus. Here are a few pictures of the flower in different stages of it's life.