Thanks Greg. If you look at it in person, you will be much more interested. I can not create the 3D pictures to show off the branch structure!Wow I really love the open branch structure on this!
You are right. It is just the initial phase of foliage pad creation.I was wondering about that.
Is this a conscious choice? Or is it a part of the development phase this is in?
I found it a bit too sparse :|
This tree is very interesting because I can have 2 fronts. The 1st one is the first picture and the 2nd is the 5th pictures. I prefer the 1st to the 5th due to its incontinuous shariWhich view is your "front"? Assuming the first of the 6 photos take 9/11/20? I like the open structure too but find the last photo to be the most interesting.
This tree is very interesting because I can have 2 fronts. The 1st one is the first picture and the 2nd is the 5th pictures. I prefer the 1st to the 5th due to its incontinuous shari
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with its lowest end to which I consider the focal point!
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The 6th one has trunk line too straight!
Yes, I agree.
Did you bring any California juniper with you there?
Gosh. Lovely tree. Love the sparseness. I think that's very typical of American yamadori material. It's this collected?I acquired this Ca juniper on 9/28/2008. It was on that day,
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It has a major working on 10/24/2010
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That’s typical of American yamadori material because it takes time to develop compact pads of foliage with a proper structure that will be sustainable for the long term. Most of our yamadori is still “young”, that is, they have not had enough time under proper management to build refinement. Give this another decade, and it will much fuller.Gosh. Lovely tree. Love the sparseness. I think that's very typical of American yamadori material. It's this collected?
Thanks for long detailed comments. I really appreciate it!To me, the trunk in the first photo looks too angular - 90 deg bends, each section very straight, section 1/2 not much different in length. In photo 5 the trunk bends are softer-appearing, perhaps because of the placement of the branches at each.
I disagree about the trunk in photo 6. Yes, it does not have the same dramatic bends as photos 1 and 5. But, it has a lot of subtle movement which I find beautiful and which seems to relate better to the canopy. Photo 4 also has that subtle movement and both have interplay between the dead wood and live vein. I'd want to see what the trunk looks like in photo 1 if you rotate slightly to the left or right as I think that might decrease the sharpness and "in your face" feeling I get from the trunk but, I can only imagine what it looks like in person.
I also really like the more asymmetrical canopy structure in photo 5 and that might be driving a lot of my feelings here. Perhaps if the canopy in photo 1 was more asymmetric I'd prefer that? Just thinking out loud here.
Edit to add...if you ever get tired of it I'd be happy to see it in my yard!
Thanks for sharing the story with us Greg.I left my big juniper for @Si Nguyen . He gave me some olives and pots because he is a nice friend, but he didn't have to. I am happy that he has it. Maybe he will move to North Carolina and I can see it again! My second California juniper died when I was moving it. It is the only tree I lost this year during the move. It was in the moving truck too long - ten days - during June heat in Arizona and Texas. When I opened the box half of the foliage was already dead even though the root ball was still wet. I am sad, but happy that I only lost a single tree!
It is very hard to move across the country with a lot of bonsai trees
Haahaaa . Thanks SorceSeeing 10 years in 2 seconds is great!
Thanks Mayank. I also like the spareness because the negative spaces are as strong as the positive! I have been using this principle a lot in photography. Very effective!Gosh. Lovely tree. Love the sparseness. I think that's very typical of American yamadori material. It's this collected?
Thanks for information. Yeah, Fuji bonsai nursery here has a lot of shimpaku grafted on California juniper. I am not a fan of that but I have oneThat’s typical of American yamadori material because it takes time to develop compact pads of foliage with a proper structure that will be sustainable for the long term. Most of our yamadori is still “young”, that is, they have not had enough time under proper management to build refinement. Give this another decade, and it will much fuller.
California Juniper is much coarser (larger) than shimpaku, and because of that, it takes longer to refine an image. That’s also why, especially for smaller specimens, a lot of California trunks get grafted with shimpaku foliage. And, once grafted, they’re more tolerant of climates with more humidity.
This is why many of the worlds masters are turning to grafting Kishu or Itowigawa on to the tree, replacing the folieage with something more managable and beautiful.
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