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Lotus Festival

Philip Molina, senior gardener at Echo Park Lake talks about the lotus bloom this year at the park. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
A RARE SIGHT: Only about 30 blooms were open Thursday. Legend says Aimee Semple McPherson of nearby Angelus Temple introduced them to lake. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
LAKE OF DISENCHANTMENT: Because of chilly temperatures in March and April and an unseasonably warm June, lotus blossoms will be about a month late. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
With Lotus flowers in the background, Carly Reeder of Rancho Palos Verdes, dances for photography during the 27th annual Lotus Festival in 2004. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For the Times)
With downtown Los Angeles in the background, a lotus flower shows off in the 27th annual Lotus Festival in 2004. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For the Times)
Celebrating the Lotus Patcharee Chaisomboon’s hat of silk blossoms accents Lotus Festival on Sunday at Echo Park. (GM·Genaro Molina / LAT)
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