The theme for this week’s photo challenge at the WordPress Daily Post — WRONG — is a tough one! I settled on my rattan photos.
Rattan canes are solid, while bamboos are hollow. Both plants are used for making furniture, and strips of bamboo and rattan are also woven into wicker baskets and other handicrafts. Wicker is the generic term for a woven fiber (usually natural plants), woven into functional items.
My sister and I bought some rattan rocking chairs for our mother while in the Philippines, and I took these photos of rattan plants. I took a few shots focused on the rattan spikes.
What is wrong with this rattan?
It may be obvious to you now, but at the time, I did not notice that it had been hacked into, until I downloaded the photos. I thought…oh no..my detail shot is marred and the palm was cut (though I thought it was good that it continued to grow).
Upon cropping and looking at it closer…it looks like only the leaf frond / branch was cut. So it was I — who was wrong!
Like many situations in life, sometimes we need to take a closer look to really SEE something, right?
So….the rattan palm continues on its growth and travel upwards.
Some rattan can grow over 150 feet! Can you follow the source of this rattan….from the top left corner to the bottom right, leading to the half-constructed “Nipa” Hut?
Most of the world’s rattan grow in Indonesia, followed by the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Rattans help the overall ecosystem of forests, and unsustainable harvesting can be a problem.
We noted — at least in the area where we bought the rocking chairs — locals working with government programs to replant rattan in the area, and to help create a future plant and material source for the local handicraft industry.