Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection
Victrinia Ensor

Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

Bonsai Artist: Mr. Kazuhiro Ohashi
Species: Japanese Beech (Fagus crenata 'Fuji')

Traditions and Transitions - Arts of the Earth

This unique display combining the art of pottery, with the art of bonsai, was put on by the Weyerhaeuser Company. The curator for the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection is Mr. David DeGroot. Some of the collection's most popular trees were used in this exhibit. Not the least of which are Mr. Nick Lenz's American Eastern Larch, Mr. John Naka's Oriental Sweet Gum, and Mr. Vaughn Banting's Bald Cypress.

This exhibit was on display at the PRBC August 17 - September 27, 2006.

Photography by Victrinia Ensor
The Ohashi beech is one of my all time favorite trees. To see it, is to love it's complexity. Which is brilliantly offset by it's simplicity. Which may sound like can oxymoron, but in truth it is not. The ramification on this tree is spectacular.... oh and did I mention, this tree is BIG? Not that it is easy to tell by looking at it. It's nothing short of impressive at any time of year.
 
One of the keys to making great bonsai is proportion, so that it is difficult from a photo to tell the size of the tree. How does this one look without leaves?
 

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