Worth getting wet for- a kayaker swimming in American lotuses on a paddle along the Sassafras River. These native aquatic plants boast the largest blooms of any flower in North America, but lotuses are more than just a pretty face-most parts of the plant are edible. Their enormous leaves have also been known to provide shelter as a makeshift umbrella in Chesapeake summer thunderstorms. 
 Photo courtesy Bill Thompson.

Worth getting wet for- a kayaker swimming in American lotuses on a paddle along the Sassafras River. These native aquatic plants boast the largest blooms of any flower in North America, but lotuses are more than just a pretty face-most parts of the plant are edible. Their enormous leaves have also been known to provide shelter as a makeshift umbrella in Chesapeake summer thunderstorms.

Photo courtesy Bill Thompson.