Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lazy Days of Summer

I love it when life is a little slow and I can sit on the edge of a pond and take my time drawing a dragonfly.  This darner is flying in front of a cattail that is just heading out.  The bottom half of the cone will thicken and turn a rich, dark brown. The top half is pollen .... lots of pollen.  When I walk amongst the cattail fronds I'm showered with pollen.


  1. Lovely, Elva! I love the progression of cattails--have you ever used the pollen in cooking?

    1. No I haven't. I think you can eat cattail root too, but I haven't done that either. Maybe I shouldn't bother to take lunch next time!

    2. Yes, and the young shoots as well, Elva. It's an amazing plant...I'm reading Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, and there's a big section on the many uses of cattail! A very generous plant...

  2. such a lovely and delicate sketch of the beautiful dragonfly.


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