|Allegheny Monkey Flower|
In the last couple of days however, they moved off to another area of the lake taking flora and fauna within with them. On one of these Dr Doolittle type islands the other day I spotted this plant.
Its appearance suggested that it is a member of the the Scrophulariaceae or Figwort Family but its accurate identification has eluded me. If anyone out there knows for sure what species this is please let me know. My tentative identification labels it as Allegheny Monkey Flower or Mimulus ringens. What is really important is that this pretty pink flowered plant grows and can be easily seen on our doorstep in the wet environment provided by the floating islands of Elizabeth Lake.
|Dalmation Toadflax in far from its normal form as it struggles to keep going|
The Ribes odoratum or Clove Currant that I have written about before has now been drained of high water. As predicted oxygen starvation whilst in the water has taken its toll. It does not look good but despite that, the shrub has managed to form some berries which will hopefully be viable next spring and germinate to replace this long standing cluster of the sweet scented flowering shrub.
|Berries of Ribes odoratum or Buffalo Currant|
|dead stems and leaves of shrubs, (including Ribes odoratum) and trees that have been under water for three months|