Echo Park has lovely lotus flowers during the summer. I was interested in capturing the lotus, a symbol of enlightenment coming up from the mud, through the water and opening in the air. Some of the lotus flowers and leaves that are farther away have a beautiful amber color that reminds me of an amber necklace. Amber is tree sap that may be millions of years old and hardens, but reflects light. I try to keep the background abstract with more detail in the foreground.