cattails

 
I've left the green frog behind. He's burrowed deep into the mud or hidden among a cloister of cattails. The cattails have burst from their corndog sheath looking like cotton candy on a stick. I won't disturb them so another momma red winged blackbird can line her nest with their downy. When I look up I notice I've missed the baby red winged blackbird's first flight. He or she is residing now on crossed cattails at the pond's forefront. It's there I stand, inches away, tucking this tiny, hollow boned creature into my memory.

Here's a link to wikipedia on typha (cattails) I thought was interesting... did you know they were edible?

12 comments:

Al said...

I would never have guessed they're edible, I'll add them to my end-of-the-world list :) Nice, soft shot, perfect for what you photographed.

Łucja-Maria said...

Photo Cattalis is lovely.
In Poland Cattalis called - SWEET

Carver said...

I thing cattails are very beautiful.

Rose said...

Yeah, I think I knew they were edible...from reading historical novels....and some memoirs and diaries.

James said...

Nice photo and I learned something new. :)

Rambling Woods said...

I didn't know they were edible....lovely photo Michelle

Kay said...

A long time ago, I sprayed the cattails with hair spray and used them as decoration at our house. I love seeing them.

gigihawaii said...

I have never seen cattails in person, so this photo and info were well taken. What do cattails taste like? Have you yourself eaten them?

Naquillity said...

thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving your comments. it's always greatly appreciated...

@gigi... sorry, no, i've never eaten them so i don't know what they taste like. but, like you, i thought the info about them was cool.

Linda H. said...

that was a beautiful post.
I enjoyed reading it.

sandy said...

I have heard of cattail flour, but am sure which part pro dues it.

Quiet Paths said...

What a very lovely post! I tried cattails years ago. You have to get them early.