Photo of the Week: The American Lotus at Mattawoman Creek

The month of July features a special blooming of the yellow lotuses at Mattawoman Creek, which boasts one of the largest fields of American Lotuses along the western side of the Chesapeake Bay. 

There was no better way to see this sacred flower, than from a kayak, as a group of 26 kayakers recently discovered in this photo.

Mattawoman translates as "where one goes pleasantly." [The river is one of] the most productive spawning grounds for migratory fish such as hickory shad and yellow/white perch throughout the Chesapeake Bay. It's a rich and vital resource that always presents opportunities to view wildlife, including egrets, herons, wood ducks, ospreys, beavers, tree swallows, and hawks. But it's also common to see American bald eagles and American green tree frogs.

--Dom J. (DJ) Manalo, Rockville, MD

Ensure that DJ and future generations continue to enjoy extraordinary sights like these along the Chesapeake. Support the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint! 

Do you have a favorite Bay photo you'd like to submit to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Photo of the Week contest? Send your digital images to CBF's E-Communications Manager, Emmy Nicklin, at enicklin [at sign], along with a brief description of where and when you took the photo, and what the Chesapeake Bay means to you. We look forward to seeing your photos!

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