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Meadowmom

Posted on 09/02/2014


Photo taken on August 31, 2014


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Nuphar polycephala


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The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, page 10

The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, page 10
(About a long ago backpacking trip through a great rain forest in the Queen Charlotte or Haida Gwaii islands of British Columbia.)

Finally! The end of the three-day rainstorm.

I wandered out, in my wet clothes and boots, through the dripping krummholz and grass. Came upon a pond and a familiar sight. The yellow pond lily, Nuphar polycephala. We see her frequently, way down in the southern Sierras.

If someone asked you to name a plant that has spread from Alaska to Southern California and down the Rockies too, you’d probably think of some aggressive and even weedy thing, not too fussy. Probably not a water lily.

The pond lilies do not produce light seeds that might be wind blown or carried by birds, nor do they seem to have fruits much desired by mammals. Often their ponds are many dry miles apart. Queen Nuphar has to grow in a certain kind of water, perhaps 3 or 4 feet deep, slow moving or still, warmish during the summer season, with a rich deposit of mud below.
How did she ever manage to travel for thousands of miles?
It’s another wonder.

Other parts of this story are in my album below.

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8 comments - The latest ones
Meadowmom
Meadowmom
A handsome little Sitka deer. Like the oversize black bears they are an island adaptation. This guy is also out roaming after the rain finally stopped.

with Chalottes 76, p.10
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Two fantastic shots, Laurie, and thanks for your comments on the Stanley Park picture.
4 years ago.
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
Lovely
4 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Beautiful images, I really like the light and reflections with the lilis.
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful photo and perspective.
4 years ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
So very beautiful !!!
4 years ago.
Clint
Clint
That deer is amazing!
4 years ago.
funtor
funtor
Fantastic work!
3 years ago.