When I look straight into the center of the flower I see someone singing with eyes squinted and arms outstretched. Do you see it too?
While the flowers are beautiful, what initially caught my attention was that this plant was alone near the leading edge of Paines Island surrounded by nothing but river cobbles. I knew immediately that this has got to be one hardy plant. At present the water level is low, and a wide expanse of the islands edge is dry. However, there are times throughout each year when this water willow is totally inundated beneath raging waters, and yet, in spite of these harsh conditions this particular plant is thriving. It is thriving not only to the point of having the energy to live, but also to reproduce. Some of today's flowers will become next month's seeds that get carried farther downstream so that the gift of the water willow may colonize new river islands which will be blessed by its slender green leaves and singing flowers for years to come.