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I AM VERY VERY PLEASED WITH THE OUTCOME OF THIS PICTURE AND DID TAKE TIME DOING THIS..FIRST OF ALL THIS IS A CAPTURE OF MY FRIEND TRISH TWO CATS I HAD USED THEM IN ANOTHER PHOTO FOR VALENTINES ..THIS IDEA STRUCK ME WITH CATTAILS TODAY AND I THOUGHT YES CATS AND CATTAILS I CAN DO SOMETHING WITH THIS IDEA..I WENT LOOKING FOR A STOCK PICTURE FOR CATTAILS FOUND ONE BUT I ENDED UP DOING EACH OF THE CATTAILS INDIVIDUALLY IF U COMPARE YOU WILL SEE THE DIFFERENT WORKING IN MANY MANY LAYERS DOING THIS AND THEN PUTTING THESE PRECIOUS PETS OF TRISH’S IN AMONGST THE CATTAILS TO MAKE IT CONVINCING ENOUGH BLENDING IN CATTAILS AND CATS ..I REDID CLOUR ECT AND EFFECTS FOR CATTAILS VERY PLEASED THE HARD WORK PAYED OFF I HOPE U LIKE THIS TOOCATTAILS STOCK
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Cattails are a very important survival food. There is some part of the plant that is edible for every season.
Winter and early spring are the roots. Full of starch. Can be eaten other times, but these two seasons are the best. Can be eaten like a potato, can separate out the starch in water and use as flour, or can be eaten raw (barring bacteria problems).
The green shoots in early spring can be eaten as an asparagus.
The pollen pods can be eaten like corn on the cob, and the pollen itself can be gathered to make a type of flour.
And, of course, coming back into fall the roots are better again.
Also, the Cattail itself can be used for other things. The leaves can be woven together to make mats, baskets, and even shelter. The stalks are not strong, but can still be used for supports, shelter building, and even arrows for low poundage bows (they stick well). The fluff of the seed pod can be used to insulate cloathing, mats made from the leaves, and as dry tinder.
And, of course, anywhere there are catails, there are frogs, snakes, salamanders, turtles, and fish.