Beautiful colours. We’ve got a large expanse of it at the corner of our roads that I admire when I go by.
I always feel a bit sad when seeing such displays, though, thinking of the habitat deterioration that must have occurred in order to allow the loosestrife to get a foothold there, even in what looks like healthy wetland. There’s nary a sprig of it in the pristine interior landscapes of Frontenac PP.
Yes, Louise and Seab, it is a little upsetting to see the loosestrife. I think the battle is lost. On the other hand, it is just one more of a huge host of introduced species. It doesn’t seem that disruptive to natives because it occurs where there are often many imported species already. And at least it is beautiful! What really bothers me are the stands of very aggressive phragmites, which seem to be making inroads here and really do seem to squeeze out everything else.
Yes, this is such a beautiful photo — I love the purples that are adding such a glorious flash of colour. I was hoping it was fireweed, which we’re seeing a lot of around here… at least, I hope we’re seeing fireweed, not loosestrife. I’ll stop and check one day soon!