American lotus

I was traveling south this past week for the Thanksgiving holiday.  In order to avoid a nasty ice and sleet storm I left a day earlier than originally planned.  This gave me a bit of time to visit the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Missouri.  Located along the Missouri River floodplain, the refuge is on the flyway for migrating waterfowl and birds as they head south for warmer climates.  As I drove through the refuge I was serenaded by the sounds of thousands of ducks and snow geese, all enjoying a gray late-fall day.  Amongst the waterfowl were these past-prime American lotus plants and blooms.  I’m sure that their bright blooms were beautiful in the summer sun, however their lines and shapes created beautiful patterns and reflections as the spent blooms rested on the water’s surface.

3 thoughts on “American lotus

  1. Beth November 29, 2010 / 3:04 pm

    Wow, great photo. You have such a great eye for seeing the natural beauty that surrounds all of us. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  2. joani November 29, 2010 / 5:36 pm

    Tricky shoot in that light. I enjoy a Refuge in NE IA border–Desoto —a big part of the flyway. We had some fun shooting pumpkins with a creekside containing cattails. Trying to do more shooting.
    Keep sending this neat shots!!!

  3. Melinda November 30, 2010 / 10:57 am

    WOW!!! this one knocked my sox off. Spare, beautifully composed and shot.

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