This luminous Tensho Satsuki Azalea belongs to Joseph Noga of Winterville, NC. You can find it and the other photos in this post, in Fine Bonsai, Art and Nature.
The finest of the fine
It’s not that these are the finest bonsai in the world and it’s not that they aren’t either. It’s more the combination of top quality bonsai and top quality photography has resulted in some of the finest bonsai photos you’ll see anywhere. In this vein, it’s important to bear in mind that these digital images, though very good, are inadequate. For the full effect and for your complete enjoyment of this magical combination of subject and image, you need to see the book.
You don’t see too many twin-trunked trees with a sabamiki (hollowed trunk) where the two trunks join. It’s a Chinese hackberry (Celtis sinensis) that originally belonged to Ben Oki and now resides at the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, Federal Way, WA.
This delightfully unusual Japanese red pine (Pinus densiflora) lives at the Kato family’s Mansei-en Bonsai Garden, Omiya Bonsai Village, Japan. Saburo Kato, the founder of Mansei-en was one of Japan’s most revered bonsai masters.
It’s not very often you see a bonsai photographed with a corner of the pot facing you. It looks like there’s a dowel holding up the jin at the top. I wonder if it broke in a storm or perhaps in an accident. The tree is a Sargent’s juniper (Juniperus chinensis, var Sargentii). It’s from The Magician’s (aka Masahiko Kimura) collection.
The cover of a truly remarkable work of art. Available at Stone Lantern.