Dean M. Chriss
Abstract photograph of cattails, Cleveland Metroparks, Ohio

Cattails Abstraction, Cleveland Metroparks, Ohio

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Cattails are widespread wetland plants that make an excellent survival food source. All parts of the plant are edible. Some parts are better, more edible, and more beneficial than others, and all parts are best eaten when the plants are young and less fibrous. Cattail pollen is high in protein, young shoots are eaten raw or cooked, and the fibrous outer part of the root can be peeled away to reveal a very starchy high energy core.

This abstract image was made by panning the camera vertically during the exposure to minimize horizontal elements in the scene.