What’s Wrong With This Picture? Part 2

In my first post on this topic, I briefly described the challenge we face in taking photographs of our trees that actually reflect their real-world appearance.  Distance, camera angles, lenses, and so on can all contribute to distorted views of our trees.  At the same...

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

One of the most useful – and underutilized – tools we have as bonsai artists is the camera.  While it’s gotten pretty common in this age of smart phones to take photos of our trees, how often do we use the results to help us with our styling? ...

The Envelope May Just Be Pushed

I chose this riverflat hawthorn, Crataegus opaca, to test the potential for collecting hawthorn species in October.  I know I’ve mentioned before that hawthorns are relatively easy to collect, with a 90% survival rate – a very consistent rate I’ve...

“* Dragon *” Throws Buds

You first saw this water-elm on August 16th.  Dimensionally, it’s the biggest I’ve ever collected, sporting a trunk base 6″ across and measuring 42″ along the length of the trunk (but only 28″ in height from the soil surface).  In terms...