Grass stronger than steel.
Grows fast, cuts cloud, slices sun.
Kung Fu Panda’s meal.
Bamboo is not a tree species. It is grass. This seems illogical as we stroll through a mystical forest in Arashiyama, west of Kyoto.
Way, way above, the tall straight stalks reach up to worry the cloud. Photographs are tricky. No lens can contain their length and grace. Still, it is a pleasing activity as the lens is crammed with straight lines and slowly moving sunburst. And all the time we walk, the bamboo grows taller.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth. Some species grow so fast they can be a metre taller at the end of a good day. In our walk through this grove we capture a fraction of its fast, tall, short life.