Scary Bonsai 10/31/16

DDDDHalloween? At first glance you might just see the tree and the cobwebs and miss the hands. This photo and the one just below are from Robert Steven’s 2014 International Bonsai Art & Culture Biennale.

This special Halloween post first appeared one year ago today.

DDDThere’s something about those ‘severed’ arms that’s just a little ominous.  Is this where the recent ‘Black Scissors’ rage started?

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I think this contorted little gem makes for a suitable Halloween bonsai. The photo (by Michael Hagedorn) was taken in Peter Wilson's backyard on Vancouver Island. Here's what Michael has to say about this gnarly little monster "Very nice bunjin shore pine, Pinus contorta contorta, in Peter’s yard… I thought this specimen was very successful in living up to its scientific name. Contorted to heck by something in the wilds of Canada."


I often find the monster nebari that appear on some bonsai (especially Japanese bonsai) to be quite strange, even a little grotesque. This photo of a Stewartia nebari was taken by Jonas Dupuich (Bonsai Tonight) during his 2011 trip to Japan. The tree belongs to a Mr. Ishii.


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