The following are mostly close up images of different bamboo growing at Bamboo Garden in North Plains, OR. With one of the most diverse bamboo collections in the country, there are so many interesting colors and shapes that change through out the year. My intent is to capture on film, some of the best and most unusual characteristics of bamboo. It is a plant full of surprises, some visible only for a fleeting moment, others ebbing and flowing with the change of the seasons. The following is a tribute to Ned Jaquith, for his genuine love of bamboo, generous knowledge and unique perspective, and outstanding collection of bamboos at Bamboo Garden.
 
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Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys angusta
new shoot with a colorful culm sheath.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys angusta,
the top of a new shoot has long "sheath blades" that show yellow and green striping.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys aureosulcata
'Harbin Inversa', new shoot bright yellow, flanked with dark green pin stripes.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys atrovaginata
"Incense Bamboo" new shoot with unique sheath pattern.
 

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys decora
 "Beautiful Bamboo" culm sheaths have multi colored striping.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Sheath blades on a Fargesia robusta, morning dew drops.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys edulis
"Moso" new shoots have a rich, mottled pattern.
 

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys edulis
"Moso" new shoot

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys edulis
"Moso" new shoot

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys edulis
"Moso" new shoot

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys edulis
"Moso" new shoot. The culms have very fine white hairs with a velvet texture.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys edulis
"Moso"

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Chusquea culeou
, a Clumping Bamboo native to Chile, has new shoots that are, at times, vibrant cherry red.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Chusquea culeou,
with a coating of frost

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Chusquea culeou,
frozen foliage with winter sun shining through.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Chimonobambusa quadrangularis
'Yellow Groove' has small "root thorns" at the node.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Fargesia nitida
in flower, once every 120 years.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Fargesia sp.
'Scabrida'

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys praecox
'Viridisulcata' new shoots have wavy sheath blades.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys vivax
sheath blades on new shoot.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys vivax
sheath blades on new shoot.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Gold Moso, sheath baldes at the tip of a new shoot.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Borinda lushiensis

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Borinda lushiensis,
same plant, different color.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Chusquea pitteri,
with thorns at each node.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Sasa veitchii,
showing winter colors with a coating of frost.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Sasa veitchii,
close up of ice crystals forming on the edge of a leaf.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Borinda papyrifera

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Fargesia robusta,
rhizome "neck" and bud, soon to be a new shoot.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys bambusoides
'Richard Haubrich', showing orange variegation in the leaf.

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Fargesia sp.
'Scabrida'
 

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Phyllostachys iridescens

Noah Bell, Shweeash Bamboo
Thamnocalamus spathiflorus '
Nyalam'
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