Spatterdock grows in the water; some of the leaves float, while others
stick up above the water providing cover for a wide variety of wildlife.
The yellow flower never seems to open past the yellow ball in this
photograph on the right:
Before you go swimming in the swamp, have a
close look under the Spatterdock leaves:
That's one big gator
Not far from where that alligator swam along the edge of the
Spatterdock, a Purple
nest housed several eggs nearly hidden from view by the
large Spatterdock leaves.
This Least Bittern
briefly on the Spatterdock leaf, and then flew for better cover beneath
Here the Spatterdock is in the foreground, and the purple flowered
is growing behind
it. In the top right corner a few Fire flag
leaves tower over both plants.
The low flying bird heading away from
the camera is a Tricolored
Heron. It was fishing in the shallows in front of the Spatterdock.
Spatterdock is one of many wetland plants