Snowsai

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I hate to say this, but I can't find where I found this photo and the one just below. It's sad coming from someone who preaches attribution and identification. Still, with or without, this shot is a perfect snow covered forest planting and the one below isn't half bad either.

It seems appropriate to feature snow covered bonsai given that we’re in the midst of an intense white weather event. Not that it matters that much to us Vermonters, but some of our neighbors are making a big fuss (map below).

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Here's the other unattributed photo. I think it's from the same place as the one above.

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I know this one belongs to Walter Pall. I think it's a Norway spruce that we've featured before.

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John Naka's famous Goshin. It resides at the U.S. National Bonsai Museum.

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This photo is from the editorial page of Bonsai Today issue 56.

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The Foundations of Bonsai Vision and Artistry

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Sabina juniper from Harry Harrington's The Foundations of Bonsai (Stone Lantern Publishing North American edition). Harry's caption reads: "This Sabina juniper was collected from altitude in Spain. It grew in thin stony soil and would have been covered in a thick layer of snow for 4 months each year. As a result, despite being at least 100 years old, it is naturally very small." The pot is by Victor Harris of Erin Pottery. Height 6" (15cm) Spread 16" (41cm). The grainy effect is from our prehistoric scanner.

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One of the main things I like about Harry Harrington’s approach to bonsai is that it is uniquely his own. Not that he hasn’t been influenced by the old and new bonsai artists from Asia and the West, because of course he has. But still, it’s obvious that he has maintained a strong respect for his own vision and artistry. Something for any artist to strive for.

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Another thing I like about Harry’s approach is his desire and willingness to learn and teach as he goes. This is evident in The Foundations of Bonsai and everywhere else Harry’s writing and photos appear.

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The Foundations of Bonsai is written for beginning to intermediate bonsai enthusiasts. In Harry’s view, this covers almost all of us. Very few of us are really advanced and almost anyone can learn from Harry’s bonsai skill and experience.

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Best of Show Bonsai – part 2

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Noelanders Trophy award; Best of Show. A Juniperus Sabina by Xavier Massanet. I'm sure someone will clue me in, but I'm a little confused about how there can be two Best of Show trees (see yesterday's post).

The first day of a quick two day escape, so we’ll make this short and sweet.

Today we have the second Noelanders Trophy Best of Show Bonsai. As mentioned yesterday, thank you to Bonsai Empire for the exceptional photos and thanks also to Mark Noelanders for putting together a world class bonsai extravaganza.

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An unusual split trunk. As you can see, there's living veins on both trunks (half trunks?), even though, if you look at the photo above, it's hard to tell if there's any living foliage on the right side.

 

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Trophy Time and the Year of the Yew

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Noelanders Trophy award; Best of Show. A Taxus cuspidata (Japanese yew) by Bonsai Museum Alcobendas. Can we assume that the artist is Luis Vallejo? It's not really kosher to cut off part of pot, but who's to complain? Bonsai Empire once again wins the award for fastest bonsai news scoop, and we'll take what we can get. Gratefully.

Up late last night* and now I’m trying to get out of town for a brief Montreal mid-winter epicurean extravaganza… so we’ll make this short.

We have a Noelanders Trophy Best of Show Bonsai (actually there are two, but we’ll save the second for later). Thank you to Bonsai Empire for their usual hyper-sonic job putting up a slew of exceptional photos. Oscar doesn’t waste time. And thanks also to Mark Noelanders for putting together a world class bonsai extravaganza. Year in and year out.

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The rest of the pot and the base of the trunk.

BTW: The Year of the Yew reference in the title has to do with how many superior Yew bonsai we’ve seen and shown lately.

 

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*Don’t waste your time reading this self serving footnote… but if you must, I have to mention the Superbowl as a long time New England resident (since 1980). What’s worse, I’m lifelong 49ere fan due to a fortunate accident of birth. So that make nine…

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Sheer Bonsai Beauty

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The black background provides a perfect contrast to the sheer white flowers. This Hawthorn bonsai belongs to Hans Van Meer. He doesn't say what the the variety is but the flower looks like a Common hawthorn* (Crataegus monogyna). The pot is by Dan Barton

Here’s another post I dug out of our archives (heavily edited to spare you unnecessary words). It’s from June, 2015. Both of the bonsai featured here are from the bonsai blog of Hans Van Meer.

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Another Hawthorn by Hans. Same species. The trunk is more interesting on this one, but both trees are stunning with their brilliant white flowers. This time the pot is by Brian Albright.

 

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Wikipedia says these are Common hawthorn flowers, which pretty much cinches that the trees above are in fact Crataegus monogyna.

*Common Hawthorn is often referred to as English hawthorn.

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Bonsai Nibbler & The Foundations of Bonsai

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A piece of a European Larch that was carved by Harry Harrington with his Bonsai Nibbler. Here's Harry's caption: "Images of a European Larch I carved and styled last year, with the help of a Bonsai Nibbler fitted to a Dremel multi-tool!"

We’ve been featuring Harry Harrington a lot lately. Not only have we long been fans of Harry’s unique and innovative bonsai, but his book The Foundations of Bonsai is due to arrive at our warehouse early next week.*

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The whole tree, carved and wired to the tips. This image and the other images of this tree are from Harry Harrington's facebook feed.

 

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This soft, simple round pot goes perfectly with the soft and fluid lines of the tree. The moss doesn't hurt either.

 

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This impressive Sabamiki was carved with Harry's Bonsai Nibbler.

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Drifting…

DarkHorseBjorva1What a great photo. The tree is a Japanese black pine from post titled 'The Dark Horse' on the Bjorvala Bonsai Studio blog. The full tree and pot are shown below.

Busy day today, so it’s a good time to dig back into our archives. This one originally appeared in 2013. It was titled ‘Drifting a Little Farther Afield.’

There’s really not much theme with this post, other than a digital tour of some bonsai blogs/websites. So we’ll leave it at that… except to say that we’re drifting a little farther afield than we usually do.

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pot22I have a soft spot for hand painted bonsai pots. This one is from the 'for sale' section of Ryan Bell's Japanese Bonsai Pots Blog. Here's the caption: "Echizen Hosui 5-color painted pot, with original Turmeric cloth stamped by artist. 5.6" by 4" by 1.6". SOLD!" (too bad about the sold part). When you see just how small the pot is, the painting is that much more impressive.


boon9Sierra juniper by Boon. We featured one of Boon's Sierra junipers (J. occidenatalis) on the cover of our very last issue of Bonsai Today (issue 108, back in 2007). Boon calls this one Kirin.

I don’t know if you are interested, but, in addition to being a Japanese beer… “The Kirin is a legendary Asian creature similar to the Western unicorn. It is said to look like a horse, with the tail of a lion and golden scales on its body. It has golden fiery manes and a head looking like a cross between horse and dragon. It has a single horn on its forehead in most depictions (courtesy of Anwers). Can you see it?

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raft5I can't be sure if this is a Hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa) or an Arborvitae (Thuja, aka Cedar). There are plentiful varieties of each, and sometimes they look quite similar. If it's a Hinoki, I don't think I've ever seen one that's raft-style. Actually, the same goes if it's a Cedar. Whatever it is, it was one of the trees shown at the 2013 Swindon Winter Image Show (in the U.K.). I found it on the Bonsai-Passion blog.

 

To my somewhat unsophisticated eyes, this is a truly remarkable stone. Though we almost never show Suiseki and Gongshi (Japanese and Chinese for viewing stones) on Bark, we used to feature them in Bonsai Today now and then. As you probably know, there is a bonsai tie-in with suiseki, especially when it comes to display. In fact, this one is from a fall Tokonoma display at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. It was featured on Capital Bonsai way back in 2012. Their caption reads: "This close-up view of the stone shows the various mineral deposits within the stones matrix."

 

darkhouse2Here's the whole Dark Horse from the top of the post.

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Frozen Bonsai & 2 NEW Tool Sales

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Frozen! Though there's no explanation with the photo, it's easy to guess that someone watered these trees to protect them from excessive cold. You probably know this, but cold damage or death is caused by dehydration; the dry cold pulls the water out of the foliage and stems. Though there's more to it than this (having to do with cold hardiness, the difference between plants in the ground and plants in pots and other factors), we'll leave it at that. I found this photo on Bonsai Art & Ink Paintings - Sakura Studio - Sonia Stella. No attribution given.

After a freakishly warm January, we’re expecting some cold weather the next few days. Still, nothing like the old days when -30F (-34C) or even colder was not that unusual. So far this year -5F (-20.5) is about as cold as we’ve seen with only a handful of nights below 0F (-18C). Not that you care about our weather, but just in case you’re interested in how climate change is effecting us.

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frozen2We've shown this one before. It's an art gallery piece by Makoto Azuma. That's not real ice or a living bonsai, but it works.

 

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Frozen Buttonwood in black & white. We borrowed this photo from Bonsai Banter.

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Bonsai Art, Circles & Curves

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Zen pine. In some types of art shapes are often suggested rather than completed. The mind of the viewer does the rest. In the case of this pine, it's a circle (or maybe a fishhook). The tree and the photo belong to Mauro Stemberger. You can see more of Mauro's bonsai here, here and here.

Today themes are circles, semi circles and curves, as well as another bonsai by Mauro Stemberger (see above and our last two posts). This post originally appeared here just over a year ago. I’ve taken the liberty to edit my own writing.

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Bonsai with long slow curves like this one tend to be out of favor, at least with some people, who might refer to this type curve to as a pigeon breast. In the case of this pine I think the deadwood that mirrors the curve creates interest and perhaps even make the pigeon breast more acceptable. The artist is Wlodzimierz Pietraszko.

 

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Fuzzy full circle. I don't know what kind of tree this is, but I'll bet you'll remember it if you ever see it again. I found it here.

 

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A snake about to strike. Once again (like the pine above), the artist is Wlodzimierz Pietraszko.

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Rock Island Bonsai

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One of three impressive rock plantings from Mauro Stemberger's recent bonsai sojourn in India. The trees in all three plantings are Procumbens juinipers. The natural sandstone river rocks were put together with cement. I don't know anything about the pot, except that it's a monster.

Yesterday I wrote that I wanted to feature these three Juniper forests on rock islands by Mauro Stemberger and friends but needed more time to do a little research. We’ll, I couldn’t find the time, but if you’d like, you can do your own research. Here and here are two facebook links. You might also enjoy Mauro’s Italian Bonsai Dream website.

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Another one. Same type trees (Juniperus procumbens) and same type sandstones held together with cement (Mauro wrote cement, but I'm wondering if he means mortar).

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One more. Same type trees and stones

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