Sunday, June 07, 2009
Catawba Marshes, Lake Erie
The floating leaved marshes between the mainland and Catawba Island provided for amazing reflective sunsets. I took this image from the parking lot of our hotel.
It's just too bad that the non-native invasive species, that giant grass in the foreground, Phragmites australis subsp. australis, or simply "Phragmites", has become so prevalent along the lakeshore. For more about this nasty plant, you need to watch this video.
There is a native subspecies of Phragmites, Phragmites australis subspecies americanus that isn't invasive, but it is quite rare. I've found it in Lake Erie Marshes and prairie fens further inland.