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Cattails in the inlet of the pond at sunset. The pond is starting to thaw, soon the ducks will be coming back.

Cattails, Fountain Creek Nature Center, Colorado

Photo was taken on county road H just outside Marshfield, WI.

Textures by Plumnutz called Texture Fairies




What a strange and silly cat

to make yourself at home like that

with no concern for rain or flood -

your tender paws in sticky mud.


What fussy pussy cat would dare

to stroll the marsh and settle there

and never hiss or spit or stir

while on your tail

a blackbird sits

and nips and nibbles at your fur?


--Eric Ode

I love the way the water lilies made such a pretty backdrop for the cattails.

yes, i AM addicted to textures...

textures by ghostbones

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Floating on a sea of cattails.

Taken just before I left Michigan. Loved how interesting the sky looked and how the sun was reflecting on the various plants on the pond.



Cattails at the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (Tarrytown, New York)--October 24, 2010


I was numb already

Nature's fall offering on a small lake north of Mercer, WI.

I made a trip to my hometown of Manchester, Michigan the evening of March 27, 2009. On the way home I took a few photos in the countryside. This is a wetland area at the intersection of two country roads about ten miles west of Ann Arbor. The perfect place for my sunset view.


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Captured in the setting sun, close to the trout pond on Bluebird Estates, Alberta, Canada

Thurs. the 27th and Walkabout to Pearl on errands.



To Charles - Happy 17th Wedding Anniversary!


Today Charles and I celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. The morning breaks much as it did 17 years ago - a bit overcast and misty, the clouds 'thinking' about rain - and yet, the sun breaking the indecision of wet or dry to give us a glorious day.


Seventeen years ago we said our vows under the embrace of maple trees, among family and friends, the trees and woodlands serving as witnesses and supporters. We've loved living our rural life ever since - among too-quickly vanishing farms, tertiary roads, deer, possum, hawks, fox, and cats - ours and neighbors. From growing our own food to frequenting the farms and markets around us, to keeping neighbors bees and planting trees and perennials beds, to driving around the countryside, feeling blessed to live among such rich diversity and beauty.


And so today, I offer these humble cattails and 'ditch' flowers - evidence of the simple joy we take in nature's offering. We'll celebrate by participating in a farm tour - an annual event to showcase our area organic farms and agribusinesses. For dinner, we'll cook the produce we purchase from those who, like us, love living a bit closer to the land.


While cattails may seem an odd choice for a celebration - I offer these humble, often overlooked uses of this roadside dweller: According to Euell Gibbons, whom I admired for his love of the outdoors and recognition of wild foods, cattails are the 'supermarket' of the swamp. Almost all parts of them are edible, and all parts of them are useful:


The rhizome, buried deeply in the muck - can be harvested for the rich flour it produces; the 'potato' like nodules on the roots are harvested and eaten as potatoes, the stalks can be collected in the spring and eaten like water chestnuts, the unripened flowerheads (which later turn brown) can be collected, cooked and eaten like small ears of corn, the pollen can be collected and made into pancakes or used as flour, the seeds can be collected and made into a gruel, the pappus of the seeds (those hairy filaments) were used in WWII to stuff life vests to keep them buoyant, the tall, brown flowers were used to clean chimneys, used in bouquets and flower arrangements, the leaves were woven into mats or used as thatch, and the entire stand of cattails were used to absorb pollutants from lake and river waters.


Amazing - a humble plant and yet filled with so much often overlooked potential. Much like other aspects of the natural world that are often taken for granted until they are gone.


Happy Anniversary, Charles. Happy rural living and many more years of doing so!

the tops of Calgary's tallest towers are visible in the centre of the horizon. HFF

Stoebe alopecuroides in natural habitat

Texture by Lenabem_AnnaJ

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A cattail with water droplets during the morning at the Hommocks Conservation Area (Mamaroneck, New York)--November 26, 2009

Cattail stems at the Marshlands Conservancy (Rye, New York)--November 7, 2009

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