The Lotus Festival is at Echo Park in Los Angeles this weekend

Duck and ducklings at Echo POark Lake
I love the ducklings swimming among the water lily pads.

I won’t be going to the Lotus Festival this year, because I’m going to a Sri Lankan Festival in Pasadena and I’ve never been to a Sri Lankan festival before.  Here, however, are a few photographs I took in the last three or four years of the lotus and water lilies in bloom in the Echo Park lake.  There is usually some Asian themed entertainment at the festival, like Dragon boat races and lion dancers.

Los in bloom Echo Park

These lotus were replanted a couple of years ago after Echo Park lake was drained and restored. They are the same type of lotus originally planted by evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson decades ago. Her church, the Angelus Temple, is right across the street.

pink water lilies in bloom Echo Park lake
Pink water lillies may also be in bloom this weekend.
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