There is a bird carved in the midst of the flower searching for food. This yellowish stone with traces of white colour is of a furong variety of the shoushan stone.
Lotus flower is beautiful. It has broad leaves that float on water. The flower sprouts out from water, supported by tick stem. The roots grow on the mud below and is ideal for making the lotus soup. The lotus seeds is what we use as fillings for the moon cake we make to celebrate the moon cake festival.
Lotus flower has been a popular subject for painters for centuries. The world renown artist Monet even planted his own lotus flower in a pond in his garden where he indulged in his painting of the lotus flower. Chinese artists also painted this flower since ancient time. There is a phrase to describe a person's upright character like the lotus flower, coming out of dirty mud yet remained clean and pure.
Below is a brief write-up on lotus flower:
The roots of lotus are planted in the soil of the pond or river bottom, while the leaves float on top of the water surface or are held well above it. The flowers are usually found on thick stems rising several centimeters above the leaves. The plant normally grows up to a height of about 150 cm and a horizontal spread of up to 3 meters, but some unverified reports place the height as high as over 5 meters. The leaves may be as large as 60 cm in diameter, while the showy flowers can be up to 20 cm in diameter.