Photo: Lotus Flower Harvest in Cambodia

A Man Harvests Lotus Plants near Angkor Wat in Cambodia

A Man Harvests Lotus Plants near Angkor Wat in Cambodia

The lotus flower is one of the most plentiful flowers in Cambodia. Everywhere you travel in SE Asia you will find them in lakes, ponds, canals and even in roadside ditches. The flower is not only beautiful, it has symbolic meaning in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Because it roots in muddy water, then rises and blooms above the murk, it symbolizes enlightenment. The seeds can be eaten (quite delicious actually) and there is medicinal value in the roots, stamen and pedals.

I came across this man harvesting lotus while I was out adventuring in one of the more remote areas around Angkor Wat. It was a very hot day and I was tempted to jump in the water and help.

I made this image with my Canon EOS 7D 18 MP DSLR Camera (origional model) with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L EF L-Series Standard Zoom Lens USM from about 40 meters away.

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In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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