Symbol of friendship

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© Saroj Swain
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UploadedMarch 27, 2011
TakenJanuary 14, 2008
MakeEastman Kodak Company
Exposure1/200 sec at f/2.7
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length6 mm
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Giant timber bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus), one of the largest species of bamboo. Many bamboos only flower at intervals as long as 60 or 120 years.
Bamboo's long life makes it a Chinese symbol of longevity, while in India it is a symbol of friendship. The rarity of its blossoming has led to the flowers' being regarded as a sign of impending famine. This may be due to rats feeding upon the profusion of flowers, then multiplying and destroying a large part of the local food supply. The most recent flowering began in May 2006. Bamboo is said to bloom in this manner only about every 50 years (FAO) 'gregarious' species

13 responses

  • Andy Kong

    Andy Kong said (27 Mar 2011):

    Beautiful strong bamboo, and a well composed shot

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (27 Mar 2011):

    Nice shot, nice story.

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  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (27 Mar 2011):

    This is truly amazing! Thanks for posting the information also

  • Syble Brabham

    Syble Brabham said (27 Mar 2011):

    Then why can`t I get mine to grow? it just sits there. nice shot tho` o.k. maybe I haven`t lived long enough:)

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (28 Mar 2011):

    Thank you for the lesson. I have a skinny version that I cut back the other day. It just multiplies like crazy.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (28 Mar 2011):

    Thanks for the wonderful insight about these lovely stands of bamboo! A beautiful composition, Saroj!

  • Susan Kronick

    Susan Kronick (Deleted) said (2 Apr 2011):

    Great composition and information.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (9 Apr 2011):

    Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful colors, composition, and lighting. I love the narrative too. Outstanding work...

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    We have bamboo in our yard and driveway, but nothing with strong trunks as these. Beautiful shot!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    I did not know this about bamboo, Giganteus for sure.

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