Lotus or waterlily? For a couple of years I have seen tall aquatic flowers and called them waterlilies.  I was incorrect.  They are lotus.  Yes, very different plants.  The easiest way to tell the difference is that waterlilies float on the water surface  but lotus leaves and flowers grow above the water. For more information see https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/whats-difference-between-water-lilies-water-lotus.

On State Road 56,  there is a house with a pond and each year they have the most amazing lotus plants growing in their pond.  For two years I have taken photos of the flowers. 

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