There is, as I mentioned yesterday, a small bathtub sized ornamental pond (or what looks like one…it may be accidental) a few yards from the banks of the Mousam River at Roger’s Pond in Kennebunk Maine. It has a lush growth of Water Hyacinth and Arrowroot, and is attracting more than its share of dragonflies, considering the main pond is only a few yards the other side. Yesterday the Water Hyacinth was coming into bloom, throwing up its spikes in the bright noon-day sun. This low angle shot shows the spike against the bright foliage of the trees across the river and the blue of the sky. I was able to pull the clouds back to show some detail even there.
Following that is a closer shot, showing more detail in the flowers. I have to admit, I had never looked closely enough to see the little yellow dots until I got these images up for processing on the laptop.
Water Hyacinth has its beauty, of course, but it is a totally invasive weed which is choking waterways in many parts of the country.
Canon SX40HS. Program with iContrast and –1/3EV exposure compensation. 24mm wide angle macro with 1.5x digital tel-converter function. 1) f5 @ 1/1250th @ ISO 320 and 2) f4 @ 1/1250th @ ISO 250. Processed in Lightroom for intensity, clarity, and sharpness.