Wednesday, September 30, 2009

When Nature Calls - Cattails

Barb over at Handbook of Nature Study is graciously hosting a Charlotte Mason approach to nature study. This series from her "Outdoor Hour Challenge" is the "Autumn Series" and this week's nature calling was Cattails.

I used to drive this overpass and see houses way out yonder and wonder who lived there. How does one even get there. I found out. We live there now. This area is on the outskirts of the Great Dismal Swamp so finding cattails should be easy. In fact, maybe there are some in my back yard.

We stand on the deck and zoom in a bit. We look left.

And then right. No cattails.

So the boys and I drive around to the next street where Sushi lives. She has a pond behind her house and I am pretty sure I remembered seeing cattails out there during one on my walks.

We are not dissappointed. Well maybe a little because they are
so scraggly
and we can't touch them.

I'm late getting to this, so I'll leave you with just these photos and when the boys and I finish our notebooking, I'll come back and post those pages.

Thanks, Barb!



  1. Welcome to the Challenges! I think your cattails are actually sort of interesting looking. They definitely are further along in the life cycle than most but it will be interesting to see how they look in the next few seasons.

    Glad you joined us and I will look forward to your next entry.

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  2. I wondered what you were talking about, we call them Bull Rushes.

  3. All of the water we have in the pondo now has made them die back....Sorry they were so sorry looking when u needed them! ;o) Hope you guys are well. Busy with school these days....

  4. WT - Interesting. Wonder how it got that name.

    Sushi -I did see one still in the cigar shape as I whizzed down 58, but no intentions of stopping for that!

  5. Barb - we did have a lot of rain over the last month. probably more than normal which is the most likely cause of the gnarly cattails in Sushi's pond.

  6. I am starting to think I could do this with my kids if only I could get on my game. Good study.

  7. We are a little behind and that gap may get bigger before we are done. It's definitely been fun...for ME! The kids go along because I tell them to. haha


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