I’ve been hearing how beautiful Lily Lake is looking this year and had the chance to check it out today.
Thousands of lotus lilies are in bloom on the 170-acre lake, between Amana and Middle Amana, which serves as year-round wildlife habitat and a stopover for migrating birds.
En plein air artists took advantage of today’s weather to paint their own images of the yellow blossoms on the lake, along with carloads of visitors who enjoyed the tranquility of the site.
In the past, the lake served as a source of ice for the then-communal Amanas, which was stored in village ice houses. Learn more about the history of the lake from the National Park Service.