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Never Surrender!! Shoot For The Sky!

Never Surrender!! Shoot For The Sky!
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Bamboo can surge skyward as fast as 1.2 meters in a 24 hour period!

In case you don´t know me from my beginning on Flickr, this is where my name Joãobambu comes from.

Went through some tough times in the past few months, but I still look up towards the sky and hope for a better tomorrow! That´s why this photo is so special to me.

I was lucky to be involved in the bamboo movement in Brazil, travel to China to represent our nation, and see the potential in this non-wood renewable resources in creating jobs, social change, and helping the environment.

Why Bamboo??

Some facts:

A sixty foot tree cut for market takes 60 years to replace. A sixty foot bamboo cut for market takes 59 days to replace.

Over one billion people in the world live in bamboo houses.

The world trade in bamboo and rattan is currently estimated at 14 billion US dollars every year.

The majority of bamboo and rattan harvested for market is harvested by women and children, most of whom live at or below subsistence levels in developing countries.

Bamboo, which has been around for over 200 million years, is the fastest growing plant on earth. It is used to make thousands of useful things, including housing, furniture, musical instruments, art utensils, paper, and food. Bamboo is a real symbol of flexibility.

Strong as steel, nuclear tough, and striking beauty in both its natural and finished state, these qualities have given bamboo a longer and more varied role in human cultural evolution than any other plant on earth.

Some species are suitable for soil stabilization, wind break, urban wastewater treatment and reduction of nitrates contamination

The needle in Alexander Graham Bell's first phonograph was made of bamboo.

In 1882, Thomas Edison used bamboo as filaments in the world's first light bulb manufacturing.

Some bamboo can grow 18 inches per day and reaches a height of 100 feet.

A bamboo stand generates more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.

A suspension bridge on the river in China is 250 yard long, 9 foot wide and rests entirely on bamboo cables fastened over the water. It doesn't have a single nail or piece of iron in it.

A typical bamboo has a tensile strength of 28,000 per square inch vs. 23,000 for steel. That makes it one of the strongest materials in the world when it comes to tension structure.

Used in ladders, scaffolding or fencing, bamboo is twice as stable as oak, and harder than walnut and teak.

Source: "The Book of Bamboo" by David Farrelly

Visit my friend Raphael Vanscollos website for a great virtual overview of all the possibilities bamboo can offer us:
Date: 2005-10-07 04:45:39

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patpatz 2005-10-07 04:47:07
Beautiful photo of this amazing plant. Wonderful!
Auntie K 2005-10-07 04:50:17
Nice shot, but Giveup is not a word... it's two mashed together.

You could say "Shoot for the sky! Never surrender!"
OldhaMedia 2005-10-07 05:55:23
I now have seen a silhouette of bamboo. And it's awesome!
zealous moon 2005-10-07 06:04:21
Vc tb conseguiu o azul com o mestre Fonseca? bela silueta...qd chega à Salvador?
Clara d'Arcela 2005-10-07 06:31:12
@ Joleen - Thanks for the correction!

@paulinski - You should see the sucker growing. Since it is classified as a 'grass', you CAN watch it grow

@Clara - Obrigado.. vou fazer um workshop em Sampa mes que vem com o mestre anger e depois espero aparecer por ai com um DSLR!!
joaobambu 2005-10-07 06:43:51
Lovely photo. I especially like the sky - it looks like a marble or a galaxy !

Mad Man In The Circus 2005-10-07 06:56:42
Great dramatic photo and very important message.

Why don't we use bamboo more? I've seen some textiles made with bamboo and they're wonderful. Seems that bamboo and hemp (another amazingly versatile plant) are going to be major players once the world gets its act together. Good for you being involved in bamboo promotion.
Scoobymoo 2005-10-07 07:24:46
Great shapes and colors! It caught me eye right away. Nice!
[ CK ] 2005-10-07 07:35:04
Lovely picture.... and thanks for the education ;)
Michael Nagel 2005-10-07 07:45:49
Excelente contraluz
Manuel Bóo 2005-10-07 09:28:12
WOW! Love the concept and amazing execution! Just a wonderful couple with this captivating story!
Thank You very much, Mr Joaobambu! Have a wonderful weekend! You are welcome!
Dr Tao 2005-10-07 09:36:55
Lovely title

beautiful pic :)
Pink Delight 2005-10-07 10:27:13
essa é demais....adorei a idéia, anninha (favs!\)
annaclaricealmeida 2005-10-07 10:35:25
Very nice shot love the sky!
_Kasia 2005-10-07 10:35:42
*__* uou!!! Really nice!!!
TheSkunkPassenger 2005-10-07 11:31:16
como assiiiiiiiim esse azul? =O
dre.e 2005-10-07 12:52:40
Nossa, não sabia nem de metade dessas maravilhas do bambu. Sempre adorei a planta, mas não fazia idéia que o bambu pode ser a solução de muitos dos nossos problemas. Alem de ser uma linda planta. Valeu, João Bambu tambem é cultura! beijos
anginhamm 2005-10-07 13:23:59
eii! Stunning shot!!
Viva o bambú!

Workshop de photoshop :)
Fundamental João! Que bom!
© Tatiana Cardeal 2005-10-07 13:24:41
iam4ranny 2005-10-07 13:43:38
~superfantastique IMHO~
charming icicle 2005-10-07 14:23:55
ingridf_nl 2005-10-07 15:37:13
bonita sinueta..
important street 2005-10-07 15:41:14
thanks for sharing that picture with us! very facinating!
Wild*Dreams 2005-10-07 15:56:00
I love bamboo too! That's why your photostream got into me! I also have a video production collective named Bamboo Productions :-))
pietroizzo 2005-10-07 16:26:32
Another beautiful photo, and an excellent lesson on bamboo! Coincidently, I recently chose bamboo for the new wood floors in my home, for all the reasons mentioned above. Bamboo is the way to go. Thanks Joaobambu! You rock!
sea turtle 2005-10-07 17:07:58
Or rather, I should say "wood" floors (in quotation marks), since it is not technically a wood, but a grass.
sea turtle 2005-10-07 17:18:47
grande foto.
O contraluz e o azul estão maravilhosos.
E o texto super interessante.

Excelente trabalho, parabéns.

Nil! 2005-10-07 17:33:23
I wish you all the best and strength with your journey joao. Please dont ever give up. its just not worth it. we are only tested and within the capacity that we can handle. Be positive and count your blessings. you are always in my prayer brother. be safe and be happy.
!fatima 2005-10-07 18:29:25
Contraste bacana!!
Marcelo Gregorin Coelho 2005-10-07 19:40:21
annappleaday 2005-10-07 19:51:42
Show! Me lembrou da estória do João e o pé de feijão...
Ana Valéria 2005-10-07 20:22:13
lindaaa! Adorei. Está mm especial.
p.s-tmbém gosto d bambu. ;)
ninoka 2005-10-07 20:49:13
Não conhecia o site, obrigado pela dica.

.danilo almeida 2005-10-07 22:34:45
Tá linda!
Já conheço o bambubrasileiro e tb já participei da lista na internet... saí porque tinha mensagem demaissssss!
Patricia Carmo 2005-10-07 23:34:09
great...really great!!!LINDA
'Ana 2005-10-07 23:42:46
bambu também é cultura

foto do caralho!
stereoleo 2005-10-08 00:10:11
Excelente imagem em azul, negro e branco, repleta de formas bonitas e contrastes fascinantes!

Gostei de saber mais sobre o interessante bambu!


Renato. 2005-10-08 01:46:12
Great photo, and thanks for the information on bamboo. Hope your tough times are behind you and that things are getting better.
Jan Tik 2005-10-08 04:16:21
A photo with great meaning, wonderful. Have you tried bamboo shoots? Many species are served raw in Taiwan, with Japanese mayonnaise..I miss that! Picture at
shimmertje 2005-10-08 10:39:40
bonnym E. Haus 2005-10-08 13:16:44
Show de bola!!
Bom dia desde Illinois!!
L. Felipe Castro 2005-10-08 14:43:46
Hilary (curioush) 2005-10-08 15:06:03
hehehe valeu pelos elogios... se você soubesse o trampo que foi fazer essa foto... =D

a publicada foi o resultado mais razoável das várias hehe

me passa o link da pág. que você viu no interesting? eu vi também, mas de dias atrás...

abraço, valeu por add!
Account Inactive - Changed to /leocavallini 2005-10-09 04:10:54
Interesting silhouette.
drp 2005-10-09 04:58:23
linda composição. adorei esse contraste!
gainful name 2005-10-09 12:43:20
ooohhhh i feel like a tiny ant wandering through the grass when i see this foto. Very good job!!
soleá 2005-10-09 13:57:36
Imagem espetacular. Palavras riquíssimas!!!!!!

Adorei saber de tantas novidades.

Um abraço caro amigo!
four dinner 2005-10-09 16:05:32
foto deslumbrante, amigo!!

rbpdesigner 2005-10-09 18:34:30
superb photo!
Woody&Pearl 2005-10-10 00:20:52
Lovely silhouettes. And I even learned something about bamboo as well!
Rune T 2005-10-10 00:45:50
i love this! very nice!
holidayfromreal 2005-10-10 06:35:01
adorei os por ques do bambú.
cheap haircut 2005-10-11 00:31:17
i like the silhouetted take on this..
Yrigoyen) 2005-10-11 04:38:38
Robyn's Nest 2005-10-11 14:14:19
Wonderful shot....!

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Jeff Clow 2005-11-07 03:51:37
norasuered 2006-02-15 04:32:10
The sky is so fine in it's structure =)
The plants look good, great silhouetts. Well done ;)
bombadil123 2006-08-07 10:52:09
Waltraud. 2006-11-03 10:04:42
reminds me insanely of bug's life.
bananaphonerz 2007-05-03 01:07:43
go bamboo! i really like the perspective!
groovy instrument 2007-05-09 23:40:42
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The World Is My Tripod, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

Keep looking up!
Sean Wallis 2007-06-22 14:19:24
good photo thanks.
mobilya 2007-09-21 14:01:13
What if i say I will never Surrender!!! (Foo-Fighters)
mmw1024 2007-12-16 20:43:51
Great Picture and Idea of eco villages - environment news
Baltic Amber 2007-12-18 13:06:02
You're invited to join and post your photo at

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Add tag: "Sky Blue"
Adalton Ramos 2008-02-24 20:35:38
Reaf 2008-03-27 20:59:46
" jabardast "
Bharat Vakil 2008-10-20 03:45:32
Só faltava eu mesmo, hem João Paulo. Parabéns por todas suas fotos.
Você é mesmo um artista, sabia??
Estou entrando agora por aqui. estou amando ...
valeriatotti 2008-10-21 04:03:27
kiss :)
Looluu 2008-11-03 22:09:47
liked it!
ankita asthana 2008-11-17 08:40:31
Jack and the Beanstock.

Love it.
lat454205 / Lisa 2008-11-20 01:13:03
ouhaaa,cool :-D
beth.vrubel 2008-11-28 20:26:31
jetbluewoman 2008-11-30 18:20:47
best shot
terrific lake 2008-12-01 14:17:33
s0ulo 2008-12-08 01:20:55
Lidia Camacho 2008-12-08 04:20:32
enchanting wrist 2008-12-20 11:53:21
This a very excellent shot!
mayamai26 2008-12-23 01:16:17
excellent photo, congratulations
Michele =) 2009-01-03 21:45:59
Hallo, ich bin der Administrator der Gruppe It's the Composition, Flickr, und wir würden uns freuen, wenn Du dies zu unserer Gruppe hinzufügen würdest.

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goofy cars 2009-01-10 15:38:00
DELIA CEAUSOGLU 2009-01-10 19:23:28
sophisticated street 2009-01-13 20:36:13
Amazingly creative composition!
The Basus (Away for a while) 2009-01-26 05:52:26
iceman9294 2009-01-31 18:07:58
Really great shot !!!
Alesfra 2009-02-02 09:44:07
wonderfullllllllllll !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
artland 2009-02-02 15:23:22
Great silhouette!
Andrea Biagianti 2009-02-04 15:36:25
Cool shot!

Seen in Explore.
edleckert 2009-02-06 21:21:53
beautiful capture
javiermoon 2009-02-20 17:25:29
Award winning colors.
jeremychungphotography 2009-02-20 18:39:24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
.chapetmohamad. 2009-03-05 03:31:23
Great shot & special thanks for the information! Let's all bamboo! ;-)
snsweb 2009-03-11 12:55:04
wow that's really awesome!
nutritious juice 2009-03-13 16:30:28
Niiiice man :)
A3nSlag 2009-03-18 03:52:34
Wow! Didn't know all these facts about bamboo.
obtainable shade 2009-03-20 12:56:58
This is Perfect!

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DEVENDRA PAL 2009-03-27 04:20:15
Wow...great info about bamboo, I am from india and see a lot of bamboo in and around in the countryside, but still not aware of the facts you mentioned....and nice shot too.
sandy_photo 2009-03-28 09:46:42
awsm silhouette n colors too
shrutibiyani 2009-03-28 19:57:09
Great shot!

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Tommi.P 2009-03-31 15:44:31
kiwipilu 2009-04-04 10:42:49
That picture remains me so lovely photos by Corbijn for depeche Mode singles from Violator... its good!
mareksy @ creamteam 2009-04-05 07:05:11
Fantastic shot!
Teo's photo 2009-04-07 20:13:46
Awesome composition !
H G M 2009-04-15 15:23:29
beautiful silhouette
Q.T.R_B.o.y ▒ M.A.D.R.I.D.I ▒ 2009-04-18 03:14:45
F a N T A s T ! C....
herlinawindra 2009-05-01 03:39:11
i <3 this pic. definitely very inspirational.
lana42 2009-05-05 16:09:20
superb backdrop
puzzled prose 2009-05-09 04:14:28
Great composition............!
Great contrast..................!
DESIGNERR TRAN 2009-05-19 10:23:37
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The best corner, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
Mihai Petre 2009-05-24 11:17:41
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ★Favorite Pictures★(P.1♥A.5) Geometrical Shape CONTEST, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
Ares! 2009-06-05 09:35:46
I would like to post your picture on mi blog I will credit your work.
Let me know please
Sanderiano 2009-06-14 03:13:42
Jo-sef 2009-06-26 14:17:47
bamboos are ubiquitous in the philippines
bamboo rules! great shot! ;-)
Rated PG (philein grace) 2009-06-30 13:22:40
i love this!
LemzKi c,") 2009-07-04 00:03:31
Awesome Silhouette !
abhiomkar 2009-07-04 10:00:28
Awesome Shot!!! You have some great pictures in your photostream!
rm996s 2009-07-12 21:54:02
Went to fave it , but of course i already had.

One of my first stars on Flickr,, no surprises why!
indigo_girl 2009-07-13 17:30:10
Una imagen preciosa.
Mayo Luna 2009-07-18 13:48:19
Great shot.
greenwood100 2009-07-25 16:08:09
Ying Ho Cheng 2009-08-11 12:59:18
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Remenber and sens, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
paraphrénia 2009-08-26 09:30:40
I like it a lot. :)
heavenly hook 2009-09-11 20:55:13
Love This Photo !!!!

Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
heady shake 2009-09-17 00:28:57
Love This
Karen Rivron 2009-09-24 12:26:57
Excellent capture.
BevKnits 2009-09-25 18:00:55
amazing! you are such a creative talent :) bravo, keep it up!
missy_enna 2009-10-04 23:11:21

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Stephanie Matti 2009-10-06 21:45:32
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called A view looking UP!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
B.I.L.NYC 2010-05-29 20:23:09
I love bamboo ,I have one growing in my front yard ,plus great pic!
trippy88 2010-09-10 16:38:19
Nice!! good idea!
lala_xx 2010-09-14 20:06:37
preppy.g 2010-11-14 05:17:46
the photo is amazing and the info added was a nice touch.
FroggiesCanFly 2010-11-18 12:11:18
very nice
roymohlmann 2010-11-24 21:36:19
frequent plough 2010-12-04 08:21:17
so clear sky with clean shapes...very nice shot!
arashmi 2011-01-10 11:15:10
Alist75 2011-02-13 15:20:38
Your concept behind this is brilliant. Truley inspiring!
I adore this saying; don't tell me to aim sky, when there are footsteps on the moon.
Your image and idea reminded me of this :)
Chrysti Mcgey 2011-03-14 18:17:41
Longan Chen 2011-03-18 14:55:33
beautiful image
vigupta18 2011-03-23 11:09:25
@MASlivak  2011-03-24 03:51:46
nice silhouette!
Valentina Mura 2011-04-03 10:19:14
Syuan Northman 2011-04-05 04:59:42
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The Free Photographers Group.
JRodrigues. 2011-05-13 14:02:31
Thank You For Posting This In:
The Free Photographers Group.

Sameh Alawi - Alawi 2011-05-13 14:14:35
cool, this is the 1st time i look it in this wonderful view!
misamint 2011-05-16 08:36:56
bonita foto saludos de Teresa
TFNnaranjo 2011-06-05 15:49:00
virtel2 2011-07-12 09:24:10
nice composition

Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
V I J U 2011-07-30 10:43:54
capitan flickr 2011-10-25 13:20:51
Completely impressive! Nice work.
digiphotoxpress 2011 2011-11-08 08:22:27
Pere Nubiola 2011-11-09 17:02:49
WOW breathtaking
@m.lartigue 2012-01-08 02:42:33
I can see "hands" measuring how much the bamboo has grown since yesterday! :-)
LoiBeth 2012-01-13 15:49:50
Please add this beautiful photo to
"as beautiful as you want" group
prdsra9 2012-02-05 09:36:54
Rakan Arnaout 2012-02-08 15:58:46
Awesome shot!!
Jean Loper 2012-02-15 00:34:15
veriy nice
shvan zamdar 2012-03-16 13:02:31
Nice pic!
Pere Nubiola 2012-03-30 09:37:33
Simplicity in it's best.
Gedas14 2012-03-31 10:31:25
co.▲kid p h o t o g r a p h y™ 2012-04-04 13:10:24
When it comes to 'fight or flight' stand your ground and fight. Nations depend upon it. Nature depends upon it........ because that is what brings the next generation and new growth into the forefront and therefore, the continuation of what came before. Strong determined stock, brings with it........... the future.
Ruby Lace 2012-04-24 09:34:10
flifla3 2012-06-10 15:55:29
Absolut fantastisch und schön!
Dieses Bild ist wirklich ein Abenteuer für die Augen.

Absolutly fantastic and beautiful!
This picture is really an adventure for the eyes.
pinguin1961 2012-07-03 08:58:18

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