Realism is overemphasized today…

Chinese dish

Let your mind wander back in time and imagine the designs on the platters and bowls imported from China that would be revealed as the last of the mashed potatoes were finished.


Put ’em together and what have you got?

We wandered through the amazingly lovely Kenilworth Gardens in DC to see ponds full of 7′ tall lotuses in full bloom. July 4 is the height of their annual water lotus and water lily display. Gates open at 8:30 AM. Best to be there early!

Flower lotus

Then we stopped at Panda Gourmet for lunch and discovered this carving. We probably would have considered the blossom and leaf an exaggeration, an artist’s fantasy, if we hadn’t just been surrounded by similar giant water lotuses!

Flower water lily Chinese

FYI: What is the difference between a water lily and a water lotus?

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The leaves of lotus are emergent, meaning that they rise above the water level whereas the leaves of waterlily are found floating on the water surface. Same is true for their respective flowers; lotus flowers are emergent and waterlily flowers are floating