Near my house, there is the Buddōkan (武道館) and the Imperial Palace (皇居) (Kōkyo) and there is this big moat around it. As winter was turning into spring, I noticed that small plants were starting to grow on the water. Well, through the course of the spring, summer, and now into fall, I was able to watch the Lotus (ハス) (hasu) rise and fall. From nothing, to small leaves, to giant blossoms, and then fading back to nothing.
I tried to take photos so that the progression could be seen over time, but I didn’t do a very good job of it 😛. Also, on the side closer to the Buddōkan, there is more shade from the oppressive summer sun, so that side has survived so far. But the other side, was gone by the middle August.