Simple Clicks – mystery flower, again

BRENT PENNINGTON Small and delicate pink flowers from an aquatic plant dot the surface of Gouldsboro Lake on the afternoon of 23 July 2015.

This flower is, as the title suggests, a mystery.  This one was photographed at Gouldsboro State Park, and I have encountered it only once before, down at nearby Tobyhanna State Park.

The blossom is delicate, smaller than a quarter in size.  It grows from floating mats of vegetation in shallow water, although it appears to be separate from the floating mass.  I picked one up; its stem and roots trailed several inches downwards.

BRENT PENNINGTON Small and delicate pink flowers from an aquatic plant dot the surface of Gouldsboro Lake on the afternoon of 23 July 2015.

The shallows at Gouldsboro were filled with it, tiny pink spots amid the lily pads and hummocks.  The blossom itself is somewhat reminiscent of an orchid, but my Google searches have turned up empty.  It doesn’t appear to be an invasive species, as those are well documented.  But I just don’t know – sometimes not knowing the right question to ask makes the answer hard to come by.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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  1. Marie Pennington

    It’s beautiful whatever it is! I need to get my easel out and paint that photo!

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