Sunday, March 11, 2012

cattail

fiber.
cattail.
this wonderful seed fiber
makes fine paper.
i like to mix it with it's own leaves.
yesterday i found some heads just bursting
and ready to ride the winds.
wendy had a stick to subdue
into shards
which she did.
not much studio action, though i had a whole
beautiful day.
some days are like that.

20 comments:

aimee said...

those seeds! what a delicious picture. and goddess bless wendy and her tasks. i wish i could be as focused and passionate as her with follow through on SO many of my own tasks! so happy you are enjoying yourself outdoors.

Velma said...

thanks, aimee, trying not to beat up on myself for, er, playing.

mansuetude said...

i'd love to map all the tiny fiber connections opening just on that one plant. Paper made of this must be so soft?

Velma said...

m-such a map is a grand idea. pure seed head paper looks like pigskin and is soft. seed fiber plus leaves makes a s=tougher paper with wonderful color and those dark dots from the seed itself.

Deb said...

we would find two of these and sit drumming on the ice until the heads would explode in a cloud of fuzzies and the wind would take them everywhere.

Velma said...

deb, that is a grand story!

Susan said...

Hmmm. I know where to find LOTS of cattail fluff. If I don't have time to try the paper making can the seeds be saved for awhile?

Velma said...

susan, they will be fine outside, new ones coming soon. freezing will also work. drying is problematic because of explosions!!!

Susan said...

Oh yes - the explosions. The boys played with them last year and would come in covered with fuzz and it doesn't really brush off. In their hair and everywhere!

I may try to gather and freeze a few to try the paper when we get the chance. Thanks!

Valerianna said...

Cattail, like star-maps....

Velma said...

i like that, valerie, star maps!

Valerianna said...

Well, I really never SAW that before, but looking at your photo, the bottom part especially, I was reminded of an book I have with old star/constellation maps. Points with lines connecting them. So when the fluffy seeds are knitted losely together, but starting to fray, so to speak, it was clear to me that they are star-map like. See them?

leFiligree said...

i know a lil patch of cattails over at the duck pond. you've inspired me to go visit them.

subdue that stick, wendy!

neki desu said...

wendy's a fine helper

Velma said...

lF, cattails are so fun...but don't fall in!
neki, grrrrr!

Long Ridge Farm said...

pretty cool stuff kitty!

Barry said...

V-such gifts those days when we could do so much and yet allow ourselves to do so little - except wander, observe and inhale. B

Velma said...

nancy, purrr!
barry, hard to not feel like i've wasted time. sigh. time to be calm and non-judgemental.

blandina (aracne) said...

I hope that you will show the paper you make out of cattail, I am amazed.

Velma said...

blandina, i'm sure it's made an appearance on the blog...i'll try to remember to label it next time