This is a little bamboo bridge over a pond I found behind a temple in Chiang Mai, leading to the monks headquarters. It felt shaky when I walked on it but looked stable enough as many monks use it daily to cross to the temple grounds.
One thing I find disappointing in the Western world is the reliance on the holy petroleum and its derivatives (plastic, rubber, etc..) for daily needs instead of more natural and creative ways like relying on bamboo plants.
Bamboo is an extremely resilient plant that can be planted in poor soils, requires little water and can grow very fast (up to one foot a day!). It’s an obvious gift from Nature.
Asians understood the usefulness of bamboo. They are found everywhere in daily life in Thailand. Here are a few of the uses of bamboo:
baskets, hats, cages, boats, bridges, scaffolding, pipes, furniture, carts, chopsticks, clothing, tools, drinking cups, paper, musical instruments, fishing poles, ladders, utensils… and that’s only scratching the surface.
Bamboo can also be eaten. The Chinese also make beer out of it.
The Western World needs to increasingly replace the use of plastic and wood products with these marvelous plants.
How about you, what other uses of bamboo have you encountered?
Leading lines and diagonals are an easy way to attract the eye of the viewer and give a sense of depth to a photo. It has even more impact when the subject is placed at the end of the lines. Don’t hesitate to use them.
3 Things I love:
Walking for very long hours
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