Just Relaxing and Drinking Some Tea 5/30/13

I guess we can live with the lighter. Several of the trees in Lam Ngoc Vinh’s photos also have distracting tags hanging from them. Still, we’ll take what we can get and in this case, what we can get is pretty good. And, speaking of pretty good, check out the facial expression on this very relaxed tea-drinker.

I’m also relaxing and drinking some tea this week. In a cabin in Maine (and yes, a cabin with wifi). So, in order to get back to the job of relaxing, we’ll keep it simple and borrow from someone else (the quote below is lifted word for word from an old Art of Bonsai Project post. The same goes for the photos).

“Lam Ngoc Vinh is from Vietnam. Born in 1970, his first introduction to Bonsai came from seeing his first bonsai in a newspaper when he was just ten years old. This first view of a bonsai tree led to many years of research and experimentation with native Vietnam tropical species including fruit trees such as Toad, guava, plum, mango, lemon, peppers, and later with less used species such as rose and others.
He works with many forms including Mountain, Stone, and Landscapes, and especially Mame and Shohin bonsai. Lam is well known in his home country of Vietnam and also on international bonsai websites. His work and achievements are highly praised and he has earned many awards in Vietnam.”

I’m not sure what the people under the tree are up to but I imagine they are enjoying themselves. And who wouldn’t in such beautiful surroundings? Speaking of tags, you can barely see the tag in this one.


We featured some of Lam’s trees a couple years ago, including this one. Here’s what I wrote at the time: “A couple questions. Have you ever seen shari (trunk deadwood) quite like this? And, where’s the soil? Not to mention (but to mention) the excellent overall shape of the tree.”


A Vietnamese strongman surrounded by some very large bonsai (or very small bonsai depending out your perspective).


Though the wire is a little distracting, I like this planting a lot. The trees and especially the rock formation seem completely natural. This natural look seems like it would be easy to achieve, but it actually requires a great deal of skill.


Another strongman. I’m not sure what this guy is up to. Maybe he wired the trunks and now he’s bending them.

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6 thoughts on “Just Relaxing and Drinking Some Tea

  1. Very nice to see some mudmen on display -the use of them with the mame bonsai are just splendid.

  2. I really enjoyed the forest setting with the rock formation. In years to come the wire wont be there,can you see it ? What a challenge.

  3. I would love to find a source for these mudmen in the USA. Any ideas?
    They are quite charming and the trees are lovely too!

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