Photo by Ted SoquiThis weekend marks the 31st annual Lotus Festival, but once again the Lotuses in the Echo Park lake are in bad shape and won't be blooming.
Photo by Ted SoquiThe lotus leaves barely appeared above the unusually murky and foul smelling water only to turn brown and rot away.
Photo by Ted SoquiSo, what's the problem? L.A.'s Parks and Recreation Dept. told the LA Times they don't know, though there may be 13 different possible causes.
Photo by Ted SoquiThe festival will still take place with the food, dragon-boat races and dancing demonstrations.
Photo by Ted Soqui...but without the lotuses that give the festival its name.
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Photo by Ted SoquiThe dates of the Festival have floated in the past to conicide with the blooms. This year though, there's no hope of blooms. Still:
Friday, July 11, 2008 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 12 noon to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 12 noon to 8:30 p.m.
Photo by Ted SoquiLast leaf leaving.
Photo by Mark MauerLast year, there was concern over the small number of flowers and the weak appearance of the plant leaves, but they were still there.
Photo by Mark MauerA few unopened bloooms from the 2007 Lotus Festival.
Photo by Mark MauerLast year's weakened lotuses with the festival in the background.
Current options include planting new lotuses, but the lake is scheudled to be drained temporarily in 2010, making a large investment unlikely.
Photo by Ted SoquiBack to 2008, some sad remnants of the plants.
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Photo by Mark MauerA mossy turtle in Echo Park's lake
Photo by Ted Soqui...And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Photo by Ted SoquiDucks in the Echo Park lake
Photos by Ted Soqui, except where otherwise noted.
Photo by Mark MauerThe lotuses aren't the only things missing in Echo Park: The statue lost its fingers.