I lifted this Rocky mountain juniper from Ryan Neil's Bonsai Mirai. A photo of the entire tree is below
So many thoughts zip through my mind when I see trees like this…. not the least of which is the objection that some people have to deadwood, especially lavish displays; even though if you’ve been to upper reaches of our Western mountains, you’ll see deadwood everywhere. In many cases trees with massive deadwood and only one or two living branches. Or, in some extreme cases just a few living twigs. Stories of long lives in harsh conditions told by deadwood.
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Continued from above…
Another thought that arises when I visit Bonsai Mirai’s website, is that I’ve never visited Bonsai Mirai in real time and space. Not a mortal sin, but still, sometimes I wonder if I might be a little remiss. If you’re like me and just haven’t gotten around to it, you can at least visit Ryan’s website. It’s the next best thing
And finally, judging by all the photos of the trees and the nursery and the workshop and so forth, I’m convinced that Ryan inhabits a Bonsai Valhala (we’ll blame it on the coffee again) that must be home to the largest collection of high quality yamadori bonsai in North America.