From last week’s kayak outing, today I’m featuring some more American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea) images that I captured from my kayak:
And while I kayaked back to my take-out point, this beautifully backlit lotus caught my eye:
The American Lotus plant is a very interesting and useful plant. Native Americans used to dig up the starchy roots, using their feet, and eaten as an important food source. The young shoots were eaten as “greens”, while the unripe seeds taste like chestnuts; when ripe, the seeds can be hulled and roasted. Waterfowl, particularly Wood Ducks, also eat the seeds, and are often seen “hiding” among the large colonies of lotus plants. These large colonies also offer shelter from small fish fry.
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 5D Mark 3 body
- Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 “IS” telephoto lens + Canon 1.4x TC, at various focal lengths
- Handheld from a kayak, with IS “On”
- ISO 400
- Aperture f/8
- Shutter 1/1000 sec. to 1/2500 sec.