Spatterdock - Yellow Pond Lily
About This Image
This photo was taken in the Uinta Mountains a mile or two from Mirror Lake in one of the hundreds of little ponds in the area. The reflection turned out really well in this one, I think.
This is an image of a Yellow Spatterdock, which is also commonly called a yellow pond lily or cow lily. Their flowers can bloom from May to October, but since the Uintas are covered in snow until late June to July, they'll end up flowering later in the year.
I've done a little research on yellow pond lilies, and found out a few interesting facts.
Their roots have been used in stews or made into flour, and the seeds have been popped like popcorn. Native Americans used the leaves to stop bleeding, and they're now used in water gardens and aquariums.
They are very important for the ecosystem since they provide shade for fish and cover from predators. They are a home for tons of tiny creatures, like the bonnet worm, who are then eaten by fish. Also, different parts of the plants are eaten by larger animals like beavers, muskrats, and deer.