Growing in the moist soil between the edge of the lake and the woods was a small patch of oats. They had found a sunny spot in which to produce their seeds. From the color of the headed out grass; harvest time was near. The deer and birds will soon enjoy this found bounty. As they eat, what seeds fall to the ground will take root providing next years crop as well. Nature does provide efficiently!
Edible for humans and animals the oats are called by many names. Inland sea oats, river oats, wild oats, and Indian Oats they are called by some. I choose to call my find Wood Oats! The tiny morsel of seeds after the chaff has been removed is said to be tasty in soups and stews. As small as the seeds are I believe the birds and grazers will be better suited for the fare. Besides my oatmeal comes in little packets. Just add water, microwave on high for one minute forty-five seconds and it's ready to eat. No threshing required!
A Fall find along the shore of Quanah Parker Lake, Oklahoma!