Vegetable Fabric

The vegetable tissue of a crumpled and dry bamboo sheath has an interesting look, observed through my macro lens. The stiff, thinly pleated paper consistency of these sheaths piled at the feet of the plants is intriguing.  That inner surface, just detached from the stem of the plant is shiny.  The sheath rolls up on itself at the margins and along the streaks drawing a spiral with its hem. The sheath surrounding the still tender bamboo stem loses its protective function when it becomes large.  The plant tissue, when it comes off, falls and loses life but reveals its architectural structure. Photos taken in my photo safari in the botanical Garden of Rome.

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