Nearly an island

Having arrived in Erie, PA at midday rather than first thing in the morning, I ditched my plans for the city and set off exploring.  The Presque Isle State Park holds on to the city by a narrow strip and provides a sheltered bay and harbour to the mainland, a wonderful preserve on the peninsula and a view of Canada (on a good day) on the lake side.

I walked 2 miles to the park from where I was staying and stopped off at Beach 1 for a rest and yoga practice looking out over the lake.

Crossing over at its narrowest point, I then followed the trail on the bay side looking back at the city of Erie.

The bright cerise stems of this plant jumped out at me while walking past them.  I was amazed by the extent to which the colour deepens as the flowers turn into ripe berries.  Any ideas what plant this is?

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