Into The Marsh

Equisetum fluviatile

You may be wondering what this is a photograph of, huh? Well it looks kind of like very fine green barbed wire, but no. It’s not a kind of grass, either. It is does not have any Photoshop jiggery pokery either, this is as I had taken it near the shore of Derwentwater. It was difficult to get at because of a dense screen of trees, so I used my extended zoom. Any ideas, yet?

Well I know it is a Horsetail, and I think it is the Water Horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile).


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July 2018, Derwentwater, Keswick, Cumbria, England. Β© Pete Hillman.

22 thoughts on “Into The Marsh

  1. Hi Pete, I call it, β€œJoint Grass,” but I think Horsetail is more accurate. It spreads like wildfire and not easy to kill it. We β€œinherited” some with a tree that was planted in our yard, love the tree but not the Joint Grass! 😬

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    1. Interesting to know what you call it there, Jill. Yes, horsetail can be quite the nightmare if it gets a foot in your garden. It will even grow through tarmac.

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  2. At first glimpse I knew it was horsetail – but water horsetail – how fascinating is that. Horsetail is one of the earth’s oldest plants – I read that somewhere. Very useful in herbal medicine for restoring bone density if I remember rightly

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    1. Well done, Tish! Yes, I believe horsetails are very primitive palnts and they go back to the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth and perhaps earlier.

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  3. Ah, I was about to say water horsetails. We have lots of this in our canal. Beautiful vivid green. Another great representation of abstraction in nature.

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    1. Well done, Jill! The colours are amazing. They were growing under thes trees which filtered some light though beautifully. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  4. Horsetails carry on an ancient lineage, and they’re fun to photograph, too. My first impression of the photograph was that I was seeing a dense stand of bamboo.

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    1. We only have a handful of horsetails here and I have photographed them all except for the Marsh Horsetail. But they do go back to prehistoric times, and they are fun to photo. Thank you for your comment, Steve πŸ™‚

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