The sculpted look. This Mugo pine by Georg Reinhard combines wildness and elegance with its flowing lines and almost perfectly shaped robust live growth. I particularly like the way the deadwood twists and turns all the way back down to soil and the jagged lightening bolt on the left. Though I know that some people take issue with highly sculpted deadwood, this is so well done that I can’t imagine even the most dogmatic proponents of the naturalistic look being too worked up about it.
There are Mugos, and then there are Mugos…
I don’t think we ever see Mugo pines quite like these here in the States. It’s safe to say these are Yamadori (collected from the wild); Mugos are native to Europe, and they certainly have that look. But then there’s that skilled human hand that belongs to Georg Reinhard. Check out bonsai-kunst for more bonsai by Georg.
A more natural feel. The human hand is less evident here than in the one above. Still, it’s hard to know just how much the artist (Georg) contributed to this tree’s natural feel without seeing the way it looked when it was dug. No matter, this tree speaks for itself, loud and clear.