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Cattail colony shedding

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Dense Cattail Colony Turning Fluffy 0461

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In the last post you saw a goldenrod colony that was being coated with fluff blown off an adjacent colony of cattails, Typha domingensis. This is that other colony, and you can see bits of cattail fluff floating through the air across the top of the photograph.

I took this picture along Wells Branch Parkway near Drusilla’s Drive in Pflugerville on January 20th.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 18, 2014 at 5:59 AM

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  1. © is well concealed amongst the stems.

    Our patches are flattened and buried with 18″ of accumulated snow. They will rise later as they always do.

    Jim in IA

    February 18, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    • I’ve noti©ed that ©attails are resilient plants. Here in Texas they have to endure heat and drought rather than snow.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2014 at 8:16 AM

  2. If there’s anything better than one back-lit cattail, it’s a whole colony of them. The sparkle and shine of the light on the flying fluff is lovely. The seasons truly do interweave. While we’re all focused on spring, the ending of the cycle continues.


    February 18, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    • Strength in numbers, beauty in numbers. The backlighting, as you rightly point out, made this colony special for me, but the terrain and the presence of unwanted things made it hard to get a shot showing what I wanted and only what I wanted.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    • No, I haven’t, although I’ve read about its edibility. I have eaten apples, however, and I left a comment about them on your blog at the same time you left your cattail comment here. The cattail species Typha orientalis is new to me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 19, 2014 at 5:17 AM

  3. My husband and I recently snow shoed part of the Rideau Trail in Canada and went by a drift of Cattails. It was a beautiful, sun-filled day and I especially loved watching the Cattail fluff floating in the sky.

    Kathy Sturr

    February 19, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    • Now that’s an experience I’ve never had, seeing cattails with snow. From what you say, it sounds wonderful.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

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