Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wind!

Today has been a particularly windy day. I love watching the leaves chasing each other across the street but my eyes don’t appreciate all the grit suspended in the air—the bane of all contact-lens wearers.

I decided to take a video of the three clumping bamboos in front of our house: Bambusa multiplex ‘Alphonse Karr,’ Bambusa chungii ‘Barbellata,’ and Bambusa oldhamii. If you click through to YouTube, you can select a higher resolution.

Isn’t it beautiful how the culms move in the wind? The tallest culms haven’t even fully leafed out yet, otherwise they would sway even harder.

5 comments:

  1. I get nervous when fresh culms get too windblown. Maybe the clumpers are stronger, but I've had new culms snap in the spring storms. I can relax and enjoy them at this time of year though (it's been windy here too).

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  2. Alan, the oldhamii culms I cut down on the weekend looked very strong. I think chungii is relatively thin-walled, but no damage so far. My biggest fear with high winds is dehydration of the leaves. Luckily it's only 70°F right now.

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  3. That's one of the selling points of bamboos, how they sway so well in the wind (and how it rustles too). I'm not always a fan of windy days though, I prefer gentle breezes :)

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  4. It does look pretty swaying in the wind like that. Culms is a weird name to say. LOL

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  5. Candy, it's referred to as a "shoot" where it first pokes its head out of the ground, then it's called a "culm," and after you cut it, it's called a "cane." Go figure!

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