Update: 09:54 | 27/04/2020
The fragrance and beauty of lotus flowers in season adds considerably to the rustic charm of Quang Nam Province.
In the central province's Dien Ban Town, growing lotuses and rice are two important vocations. The town has 35 households who grow lotuses on over 50 hectares.
Lotus ponds amidst lush green rice fields is a common sight here. At this time, the flowers are already in bloom and ready to be harvested. People passing through the town during the season get a bonus treat – the fragrance of lotus carried by the breeze. Photographer and nature lover Nguyen Minh Phuoc has compiled a collection called “Lotus scent in the countryside”.
Visitors, especially women, love to take pictures of themselves amidst lotus ponds in full bloom.
The lotus which grows in muddy waters is a symbol of purity and the will to strive and prosper in tough situations.
“The petals of a lotus are like the pink cheeks of a woman,” Phuoc said. He did not mention the name of the woman in his photograph.
Lotuses in central Vietnam are usually planted in January and harvested from April to June. In the photo is a well-grown lotus pond located in Da Nang City, 30 km away from Dien Ban Town.
The lotuses here have a lighter shade of pink, while those in Dien Ban are hot pink in color.
Adding action and drama to a lotus pond is a kingfisher, perched on a bamboo pole with a fish in its beak.