2012. Walter Pall’s now famous Scot’s pine as it appears in a recent post on his Bonsai Adventures blog. Actually, it appears in three different iterations in the post, starting with this one (rather than try to explain, you can see for yourself).
Walter Pall’s naturalistic Scot’s pine
When you hear the words bonsai and naturalistic in the same breath, you might envision someone finding a little tree growing in the wild, digging it up, doing a little trimming here and there, perhaps a bare minimum of wiring (perhaps none at all), sticking it in a pot, and voila, a naturalistic bonsai.
While this scenario is always possible, don’t count on it. Almost all top quality bonsai that were originally collected in the wild, including ones that you might call naturalistic, go through a series of transformations (often radical transformations) over a period of years before they appear in magazines or shows.
The tree shown here is no exception. Though Walter refers to it as a naturalistic bonsai, if you follow the photos below (descending in time), you’ll see that the tree above is clearly the result of a long-time collaboration between Mother Nature and a skilled and patient human.
2002. Continuing our march back in time. The photo above, this photo and the remaining photos in this post are from an article by Walter titled A Naturalistic Scot’s Pine that appeared in Bonsai Today issue 104.