Peaking through groves of bamboo

 Yesterday on a walk around the lake, Ralph snapped these photos of me posing with the 'boo. 

Above and below I'm standing in a grove of Vivax Timber Running Bamboo (Phyllostachys vivax). Vivax is one of my favorite running bamboos because it forms such an open grove with large, beautiful multi-colored canes.

Below I'm standing in the middle of a grove of Red Running Bamboo (Semiarundinaria fastuosa).  Although it is called Red Bamboo, most of the canes are green.  Here in Florida, the red color only appears in the winter if it gets cold enough and even then, only some of the canes turn a dark, ruby red.  Red bamboo also forms a somewhat open grove, although not as open as Vivax does, and the canes get fairly large but again, not as large as Vivax.  It is, however, a far more aggressive (and therefore harder to control) runner than Vivax.

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