A daily record of gratitude; from quilting to photography to a mix of technology, books, movies and the musings of life!

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Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two (or paragraph or two) about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Clacking Bamboo in Maryland

Not to be confused with the awesome quaking aspens in the West, clacking bamboo is a thing I've come to know and experience in Crofton, Maryland. According the the University of Maryland Extension program, bamboo is a member of the grass family (has woody stems to distinguish itself), and easy to grow. However, depending on type, it takes a lot of management to control unwanted spread (but does make for a nice fence!)

Many types of bamboo are tropical, and pandas love it, but some species can grow in temperate climates, including the state of Maryland. Bamboo harvested in the Orient is for food, paper and timber, but elsewhere it's grown as ornamental. When a neighbor suggested I check out the clacking bamboo near us, but better on a windy day, I thought today was windy enough to check it out. It's a resounding YES! He was right, the bamboo "clacks" as those woody stems bang into each other as the wind sweeps through, and in and around, the 60-80 ft. tall stems. Bamboo anyone?