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Cattail Fever

I just love the contrast between the cattails

and the snow covered Ponderosa's behind them

It was wonderful to walk amongst the cattails on the frozen

marsh... a little wonderland I've only seen from the sidelines

 

 

Continuing a series of images from a snowy walk through the woods on January 9th.  Flagstaff had gotten nearly three feet of snow the previous week, and then the sun shone gloriously on Saturday morning. There is as an extensive trail system around and through Flagstaff, and I'm blessed to live about 20 paces from the Sinclair Wash section of it.  My walk takes me through the forest, along a small wash that is the tributary to the Rio de Flag, next to the cattails of the Rio Marsh area, and the water management pond.  (I apologize that many of you may have already seen some of these on Facebook...)

 

 

 

Cattail Fever

I just love the contrast between the cattails

and the snow covered Ponderosa's behind them

It was wonderful to walk amongst the cattails on the frozen

marsh... a little wonderland I've only seen from the sidelines

 

 

Continuing a series of images from a snowy walk through the woods on January 9th.  Flagstaff had gotten nearly three feet of snow the previous week, and then the sun shone gloriously on Saturday morning. There is as an extensive trail system around and through Flagstaff, and I'm blessed to live about 20 paces from the Sinclair Wash section of it.  My walk takes me through the forest, along a small wash that is the tributary to the Rio de Flag, next to the cattails of the Rio Marsh area, and the water management pond.  (I apologize that many of you may have already seen some of these on Facebook...)

 

 

 

comments (18)

  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Feb 2016, 04:47
This is just wonderful. Snow does so much with a pictures. LOVE the 'cattails' (We call them 'cigars'....)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typha_latifolia
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I do love photos with snow! It seems these plants have many different names!
What a splendid view, Elizabeth...to stare at. know I'm repeating myself but I really AM envious of your snow. There's nothing like it.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Ginnie - it was so lovely! I suppose every place has it's beauty - I imagine I'd be envious of your summer green'ness! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2016, 06:21
This is splendid, a real contrast isn't it
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Chris! I thought so!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2016, 06:44
Shows my ignorance, but I never realised that cattail was the same as out bulrush
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Not ignorance at all, Lisl - it appears these have many names the world over!
We call them "quenouilles" in France Elizabeth. Your picture is just superb!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It seems they have many names, Richard! Thank you so much!
This makes a very good picture Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Chad!
It is very pleasing E.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Bill - despite not having a bird or something for a focal point, I rather like it!
There will be an entirely different life there in a few months. I can hear the froggies a callin'.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You are so right, Mary! We have some very loud toads that I enjoy hearing in the spring!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Feb 2016, 12:06
I can see what attracted you to this scene. You were so lucky with the light.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I was afraid it would be boring - not having a real focal point - but I like it! Thank you so much!
We call them Bulrush...A nice contrast with the Ponderosa's, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I've learned something new, then! Thank you very much, Frank! XOX
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 12 Feb 2016, 15:15
The blue/gold combo is great and I like the curvature of the trees !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Bonnie! I did worry a bit that not having a central focal point would make it a bit boring... but like you - I really loved the colors and contrasts!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Feb 2016, 16:25
Thank you to Lisl - I didn't realise that cattail and bulrushes were the same.

Great picture Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'd never heard the term "bulrush" - so I've learned something new, as well!
Lovely image, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, very much, Tom!
it's strange to see cattails in the snow up here Elizabeth because out snow gets too deep...
cattails remind me of a song by Gordon Lightfoot:

Pussywillows Cattails


Pussywillows cattails soft wind and roses
Rain pools in the woodland water to my knees
Shivering, quivering the warm breath of spring
Pussywillows cattails, soft winds and roses

Catbirds and cornfields daydreams together
Riding on the roadside, the dust gets in your eyes
Reveling, disheveling the summer night can bring
Pussywillows cattails, soft winds and roses

Slanted rays and colored days stark blue horizons
Naked limbs and wheat bins hazy afternoons
Voicing rejoicing the wine cups to bring
Pussywillows cattails, soft winds and roses

Hars nights and candle lights wood fires a-blazin'
Soft lips and fingertips resting in my soul
Treasuring remembering the promise of spring
Pussywillows cattails, soft winds and roses
And roses and the soft winds

Songwriter
Gordon Lightfoot, March 1968.

....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I imagine your snow covers everything!! I'm glad we get a lot of meltage in between our storms.... so it never gets too too deep! smile Thank you for the song lyrics - I remember it, I love Gordon Lightfoot!!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Feb 2016, 18:24
That contrast makes this an excellent picture. I like this half on half composition.
lovely and natural and sunny
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Larry! It was such a great day!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Feb 2016, 07:08
Yes...this is wonderful!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Ray. I was afraid it might be a bit boring without some kind of critter for a focal point - but I like the colors and contrasts!
Very pretty layers of contrast.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Jacquelyn!!

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