Uh oh! 2/2/13

Avant-garde bonsai. This wonderfully fluid tree with its distinctive flying pot is from Bonsai Do. The caption says with Tony Tickle (I visited Tony’s blog and couldn’t find it, though I’m sure someone with a little more patience can pinpoint it). There’s also this quote by Thomas Browne (it’s in Spanish on Bonsai Do, but here’s the original English): Art is the perfection of nature. Nature hath made one world, and art another.

Uh oh! A moments confusion. Fingers moving too fast, awareness disengaged, and suddenly it’s gone. I just deleted our January 29th post! It was titled A Famous Winter Bonsai Show. Our IT maven is on vacation and I’m at a loss. My hope is some savvy soul will know just what to do to get it back.

Meanwhile, here are some photos I captured at Bonsai Do on facebook. The good news is they have put together a impressive selection of photos along with some famous quotes. The bad news is that most of the trees aren’t identified by species and many don’t list the source. Not to mention (but to mention) the quotes are in Spanish.


Truly spectacular, if just a little fuzzy. The caption says with El Tim Bonsai, but alas, a quick search resulted in a whiff, so the artist will remain anonymous for the moment. I’m going to guess that it’s a Japanese beech and really go out a limb (so to speak) and say that it’s one of the most impressive deciduous bonsai you’ll ever see. In every regard, including sheer power, movement, ramification and all the rest.


I’m not sure I’ve ever seen deadwood patterns quite like this. Almost as good as this deadwood and the tree’s impressively massive base, is the fact that both the species and artist are identified: it’s a European olive and it belongs to Stefano Defraia.


Something a little different. No source listed, but there is this quote by Friedrich Von Schiller (I can’t find the English version and my powers of translation leave much to desired, so we’ll settle for the Spanish); “Si buscas lo más elevado, lo más grandioso, una planta te lo puede enseñar: lo que ella es sin querer, tú, queriendo, puedes serlo.”


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10 thoughts on “Uh oh!

  1. Wayne, the second tree is an Acer buergerianum at Kokufu-ten. I believe you’ll find a closeup crop of this tree on the cover of one of the Kokufu books from the late ’90s or early 2000s.

  2. “Si buscas lo más elevado, lo más grandioso, una planta te lo puede enseñar: lo que ella es sin querer, tú, queriendo, puedes serlo.”

    When you seek for the noblest and the greatest, a plant can teach it to you: what it unaffectedly is, you may become if you strive.

  3. Excelente traduccion…

    Excellent translation, but it’s far more poetic in Spanish. The first tree looks like someone like Dan Robinson would do.

  4. Hi.
    I may be mistaken, but the tree from the first picture is not from spain. I believe it’s a tree of Pavel Slovak, if anyone can ascertain this, please do so.

  5. The last one is a Chinese Elm from Zhao QingQuan’s Penjing book. (page 15). It says “Designer: Wu Chengfa”

  6. I believe you right Wayne, the second tree is a Japanese beech, albeit a truly amazing one. Did anyone notice that the the stand on the first tree looks like it was cut into in order to accomodate the small Jin?

  7. Thanks Brian,
    I don’t subscribe to Focus (for personal reasons) so can’t look it up. It’s unfortunate how images from even printed material ends up on the internet unattributed.

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