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|In the Tom McCall Nature Preserve there were these small little groves of trees surrounding little almost dry lakes. Julie and I inched around the poisen oak to explore one of these semi-dry lakes looking for photo opportunities, and found these yellow waterplant flowers. I'd never seen anything like these before and had to do a search for information on what they are. |
I found information on Spatterdock on the Washington States Native Plants website:
Spatterdock, a useful native plant, is a rooted, floating-leaved plant with bright yellow flowers commonly seen in Washington lakes and ponds. Its scientific name is Nuphar polysepala, and it is also commonly called the yellow pond or cow lily. Spatterdock can sometimes be confused with the fragrant water lily (Nymphaea odorata), a similar looking exotic plant that has been introduced in many Washington lakes. However, if they are blooming they can be easily distinguished, for the fragrant water lily has showy white or sometimes pink many-petaled flowers.
In early spring the spatterdock's leaves are below the surface, light green in color, and look like lettuce growing on the lake bottom. But by late spring the broad, dark green, heart-shaped leaves float on the water's surface or often stand above the water as the summer progresses.
Humans have put spatterdock to many uses. Historically many cultures ate the roots cooked fresh in stews or dried and ground into flour for baking. The seeds were gathered by Native Americans and either ground into flour or popped like popcorn. The leaves and roots also contain tannin which was put to use in dyeing and tanning. Medicinally, the leaves were used to stop bleeding, and roots were used in a poultice for cuts, swelling, and other ailments. The Quinault Tribe believed that some of the roots looked like men, and others like women, so they chose a root appropriate for the patient before using it as a pain remedy. Most recently spatterdock has been used as an aquarium and water garden plant.
Photo: Cropped, Levels, Resized, Sharpened.
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- [2005-07-12 10:24]
Bonjour Lori, it's a very nice closeup, sharpness,colors, details and composition are perfect. TFS Didier.
- [2005-07-12 10:34]
Very beautiful picture.
- [2005-07-12 11:04]
this is a cool macro shot! :-)
really interesting plant,
never saw one of these before.
thanx 4 showing & sharing,
- [2005-07-12 16:12]
Hi Lori great picture,Very beautifully captured.Textures and colour are just spot on.
Very well done.
What an interesting and beautiful flower. The color is very vivid, and I like the stong light and shadow in this shot. Great notes with this, Nice Job!
- [2005-07-13 5:01]
Great detail of the flower. Superb composition, sharpness and colors.
- [2005-07-13 6:06]
Spatterdock, this is new to me Lori. Excellent find and what amazing colours and details this plant has. Very good compo, well done.
- [2006-03-20 20:46]
Everything is excellent about this photo...no comment...Best regards,