Today's Wonder of the World is...Bamboo!
Flickr photo by Adrasteia9
Three cheers for bamboo: the fastest growing plant on the planet!
That's even faster than kudzu.
But kudzu needs something to climb on, like old cars or telephone poles or slow moving Southerners.
Bamboo just looks up, heads for the sky...
Flickr photo by Russell Cox
And pretty soon you've got a bamboo forest.
Bamboo isn't just fast.
Steam the shoots and you get dinner--at least part of it. Anyone have chopsticks?
Flickr photo by aloalosabine
Perfect! Most chopsticks are made of bamboo.
Of course, not everyone eats with utensils.
Flickr photo by Tea and Oranges
Forget the steaming. Who needs it?
After your meal, you might want to write the chef a thank you note.
Here, use these pretty cards of bamboo paper.
Photo by smockpaper.etsy.com
I found them here, at etsy, of course.
Bamboo isn't just for flimsy paper.
It's strong enough for scaffolding.
Flickr photo by jazzpic
Once the building's finished, I hope they'll put in bamboo floors.
Flickr photo by shi shelia
I don't have bamboo floors, but I do have a bamboo coat rack by my front door.
Feel free to hang that knitted hat on it.
Is it made of bamboo yarn?
Photo by WhimzyPinzy.etsy.com
Yes, that's 100% bamboo! Another etsy find, here.
Once you hang up your hat and coat, how about we relax with some music?
If we lived near the St. Joseph Church in the Philippines, we could walk over and ask someone to play us a song on its bamboo organ.
Flickr photo by Lawrence OP
Or we could just buy bamboo flutes from etsy, here, and try to make our own music.
Photo by FluteDesigner777.etsy.com
Sorry I'm not more musically inclined. Let's take a moment and listen to a bamboo flute played by someone who actually knows what she's doing. It soothes the soul, and since the boys are home from school tomorrow for a four day weekend, I might need to listen two or three times!
Have a wonder-full Thursday, y'all!