Most people think that Lotus flowers and Water Lilies are the same thing. While it is true that both grow in water, they are in fact, very different plants. There are Sacred Lotus, Yellow Lotus, and any of the three Egyptian Lotus, which more characteristically resemble water lilies, were it not for their tall stems that hold them high above the water to be closer to the sun. That is in fact, how you can tell the difference between a water lily and a lotus; water lilies grow from pads, and stay close to the surface of the water, lotus reach high on tall stalks, needing the heat and the sun to bloom. They bloom only in the summer when the water gets warm enough, and they are difficult to catch at just the right moment of blooming. I guess that is why I find them so special. I will be making my annual trek in a few days, to see if I can time it right, and catch these historically revered flowers in all their glory. I hope the Universe looks kindly on me.