This humped back Wild apple appears on the back cover of Nick Lenz' Bonsai from the Wild (long out of print). In fact all of the photos shown here are from Nick's book.
I’m a little pressed for time, so we’ll use our old archives trick. The photos are from a June, 2011 post. The text is heavily edited.
It’s no secret that Nick Lenz is a brilliant, innovative and daring bonsai artist. It’s also not much of a secret that Nick is a genuine holder of extensive bonsai (and horticultural) knowledge and wisdom, with perhaps more expertise when it comes to North American natives, than any other living bonsai artist.
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That's a ceramic tank bogged down in this old larch forest. A remnant of a WW2 battle somewhere in northern Europe? I imagine that Nick made the tank (he's a ceramic artist as well as bonsai artist), but I don't know for sure.
Ground juniper (J. horizontalis). It's unusual to find this type juniper with such a well developed trunk.
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