Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Monday, December 7, 2009
A huge storm packed the foothills with snow last night. The snowfall has made for some very unique photo opportunities in the Jungle Supply Bamboo Garden. We were surprised to find some of our tall bamboo plants to be leaning over because of the weight of the snow. Although bamboo does well with strong winds from the side, the extra weight of the snow caused the plants caused the plants to lean over. This storm has reminded us of the importance of ‘winter timing’ when planting bamboo. Any bamboo planted within the last several months is vulnerable to this extreme weather. Check out some tips about cultivating bamboo here.
The bamboo in the above picture is Phyllostachys bambusoides, aka Japanese Timber. It is cold hardy to temperatures as low as 5°F (-15°C), so it will easily survive this weather. Young bamboo plants or tropical species might not be so lucky.
These pictures were taken in Newcastle, California. An area that only sees snow every 5 years or so, but rarely to this magnitude. We send out best wishes to everyone in the area who has been affected by the snow storms.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
At night the bamboo towers were light up with different colored lights. The band had lights surrounding the entire area, so the fans got a 360 degree visual display. The bamboo looked especially cool when lit up at night. Check out the pictures below.
The Empire Polo Club is a pretty tropical setting, with well maintained palm trees throughout the venue. The bamboo structures were a good complement to the rich green setting. We’re not sure who provided the bamboo for the event, but they did a good job putting up the displays.
Above is picture of us with a couple of structures in the background. We’re looking forward to the next big Phish event and hope to see more bamboo at similar shows in the meantime.
As you can see form the picture, the bamboo pieces are compressed to create a strong solid core for the bat. A bamboo core provides more strength than Maple or Oak, with comparable balance.
Bamboo, on the other hand, is made by compressing multiple pieces of material under extreme heat and pressure. This method makes it close to impossible for the bat to shatter. Also, players have reported the bamboo bats to have “excellent balance”. Bamboo baseball bats are of high enough quality to be used in Major League Baseball, but the league has yet to start using them. Aside for the obvious benefits, bamboo is a sustainable eco-friendly material. I have not had the opportunity to use a bamboo bat myself, but would love to her comments from those who have.
Read more about Bamboo Baseball Bats.