One Thousand Strands by Mel_Sinclair

One thousand (or more) strands of bamboo shoot from the moist earth. Skywards they tower, blowing and swaying in the breeze. It is a path of true peace, beyond the world, to another.

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Bamboos by weber-wellendorf

The bamboos are a subfamily (Bambusoideae) of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family Poaceae.

Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. In bamboo, the internodal regions of the stem are usually hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the stems of monocots, including the palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering.

Bamboos are the fastest-growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Certain species of bamboo can grow 91 cm (3 ft) within a 24-hour period, at a rate of almost 4 cm (1.5 in) an hour (a growth around 1 mm every 90 seconds, or one inch every 40 minutes). Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product. Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick, or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals steel.

The word bamboo comes from the Kannada term bambu, which was introduced to English through Indonesian and Malay.

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成都味道 by JulienFolcher

I have been travelling around China for the last few weeks as I don’t have my apartment in Beijing anymore and I am still waiting for my Australian working visa…

I really love the parks in Chengdu, there’s always something happening there. Going to Wang Jiang Lou park and chilling while enjoying a cup of tea to the sound of the surrounding tables playing Ma Jiang is probably the thing I liked doing the most in China.

For this image, I was just walking around the dense bamboo forest of the park when I saw a group of people practicing their kung-fu. I got closer and closer while taking photos until the man with the red fan noticed me and started to show off his skills, coming really close to my wide angle lens.

After a minute or two of “private show” the park was about to close, everybody packed and left.

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Bamboo Train by roberto_pazzi

Portrait of a worker of the bamboo train (Cambodia).

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