Graceful simplicity contrasted with a wild shape and texture make for a striking bonsai. I lifted this photo off of a facebook page titled ‘Bonsai Indonesia‘ by Silky Jemiran. The owner is listed as Zhylonk Kiakiz Alfarizhy. I did not commit the sin of chopping off the pot, though I did adjust the image to take out background noise.
Sometimes tracking down the real owner of a bonsai that appears on facebook requires the imagination and determination of a Sherlock Holmes. Even then, you can’t always be sure you’ve got it right.
When I first saw the tree above, I thought it might belong to Silky Jemiran. Then I noticed that he listed the owner (see above). He also listed the owners of the two trees below. Problem solved (provided Silky got it right). However, in many cases, the owner isn’t listed and you might assume (often incorrectly) that the person who posts the photos is the owner. This is where Sherlock Holmes comes in handy.
There’s a lot going on here. Not the least of which are: some very distinctive aerial roots, a funky nebari, excellent ramification, a perfect silhouette and what looks like a very well suited earthy, handmade pot. Silky lists Wayan Suwendra as the owner.
Root-over-rock perfection. Everything works here; including the way the tree and rock merge into one dynamic form and the way the rocks on the left mirror the sweeping horizontal branch. Then there’s the well chosen pot that quietly provides a sense of earth and balance. Silky lists Rudi Julianto as the owner.