Trout Lily by Yannik Hay

Trout lily; also known as yellow snowdrop, yellow fawn-lily, Yellow adder’s tongue lily and dog-tooth lily or violet; perennial.
Family: Lily (Liliaceae)
Flower: Yellow, nodding, 6 petals that are really 3 petals and 3 petal-like sepals, lance-shaped, spreading open; May.
Leaves: Two broad brownish or purplish-blotched and mottled basal leaves; parallel veins; sterile plants have 1 leaf while fertile plants have 2 leaves.
Stem: Flowering stem grows from a bulb.
Height: 5 to 25 cm.
Habitat: Grows in damp, open woodlands.

Interest: Forms a colony of 1-leaved sterile shoots with no flowers and a few 2-leaved fertile plants with flowers. The mottled leaves resemble the skin pattern of a brook trout. The Trout Lily is pollinated by ants, and after a seed is planted, it takes up to seven years for a mature plant to grow and flower. Trout Lily has a fascinating seed dispersal mechanism – its seeds are dispersed by ants through a process called myrmecochory (pronounced “mirme ko ko re”). Attached to the outside of the seeds is a fleshy structure called an elaiosome. The elaiosome is rich in oils and proteins. Ants carry the seed to their nest and feed the elaiosome to their larvae. The remaining seed is discarded in the ant’s nutrient-rich waste pile. This symbiotic relationship benefits the ant, which gets a food source, and benefits the plant because the seed is dispersed, is protected from rodents, and is placed in a nutrient rich area in the ants nest where the seed has a greater likelihood of growing.

Location: Algonquin Provincial Park, On, Canada
Date: 2010-05-03
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
ISO: 400
Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec.
Aperture: F/5.0
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM@200mm

Started photography in 1975.
Took photography classes.
Learned black and white dark room.
Did the transition to digital in 2005.
Learned a few post-processing programs and made my choice to Photoshop and Lightroom.

I like to shoot wildlife, birds, macro, landscapes and street photography to name a few.

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  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayalmost 5 years ago

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyalmost 5 years ago

    so lovely !

  • Many thx dear Lucinda. Have a great day :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you for admiting it :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • duncandragon
    duncandragonalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Many thx Duncan, I am very pleased that you like it! Cheers!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellover 3 years ago

    Please consider adding this beautiful image to All Glorious Lilies !

  • Sure, thank you very much for the invite. I am very happy that you like it :)

    – Yannik Hay

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