There is a lake in Claiborne County, Mississippi, a few miles from Port Gibson and just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Grand Gulf Nuclear facility, which is home to some of the most beautiful Lotus flowers I've ever seen. My husband and I were "daytripping" yesterday and detoured to see if the flowers were blooming. You can imagine my delight when we rounded a bend and saw this sight ...
There is a narrow, rough and rocky dirt road circling the lake, and as we drove around it, I was in my glory snapping pictures along the way.
The blossoms are exquisite, of course, but the lotus pads and buds have a delicate beauty all their own.
I like the shadows of the blossom on the lotus pads in this next picture ...
I'm so glad we decided to detour off the beaten path, and I was able to capture these beautiful works of art growing in a pond, practically in the shadow of an ominous-looking cooling tower for a nuclear energy facility.
Sometimes the detours taken during a journey can be the best part of the trip. I think that's true in Life, too.
The word lagniappe, as defined by Webster's, means "something given or obtained gratuitously, or by way of good measure."
"Time never turns backwards
Its old charms to give,
In photographs only
Can yesterdays live."
~ Edgar A. Guest
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