Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Plant That Could

After five days of nearly continuous rain in this area the slow moving front is finally to the east.  The rain stopped just before noon today.  It's much worse to the south and the rain was needed here, but five days was more than enough.

The resident canine and I ventured out to the Great Miami river late this morning and discovered this solitary sunflower growing on the remains of an old bridge piling in the middle of the river.  The only soil there is river mud and sand and the piling is far enough from shore that it has to be a volunteer plant.  The seed had to have been left sometime this spring by a bird who obtained it from a well stocked, backyard feeding station in the area. I'm sure it comes as a surprise to the river gulls who frequent the piling.  Given a chance - life takes hold. 

The other two photos are a wildflower on the shore and a shot looking north along the river.  Five days of heavy rain and things look like spring again.

1 comment:

Ian Johnston said...

Amazing where plants can find a foothold Dan, and it'll be interesting to see whether it can successfully set seed out there.....

Kind Regards