Setting the Record Straight
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If you think you've seen this tree before, it might be because we featured it a couple weeks ago. However, this photo is not identical to the one we used then, but is rather a photo we just received from Bill Valavanis. See if you can tell the difference (to make it easy for you, the two photos are together just below).
Bill Valavanis (our recent Hall of Fame inductee) just sent me the photo above (along with some comments – see below). The photo original photo that we used a couple weeks ago was borrowed from Micheal Bonsai (it’s the one on the top just below). The tree is a sinuous root Five needle Japanese pine, often call Japanese white pine. Either way it’s Goyomatsu in Japan and a Pinus parviflora in Latin.
Here are the two photos close together for easy comparison. Can you see the difference? It's a little subtle for sure, but once you see it, the improvement is obvious. Hint, the improved version is the one on the bottom.
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“The bonsai is not multiple trunk, its a sinuous style. If you carefully look two branches or trunks have been laid down with curves to create depth. If the trunks on the ground were straight it would be called raft style. Most of the bonsai in this form are sinuous, not raft. But raft is used because its easier to say. By the way, this species is rarely used to create a forest from individual trees. The needles vary tremendously and it would be quite difficult to find two trees with the same needles characteristics.
And while we’re at it, here’s another correction, also on a Japanese five needle pine. And also thanks to the keen eye and quick mind of Bill Valavanis
The lead tree from our post a few days ago titled Multi Headed Monster & Other Brilliant Bonsai
“By the way, those images from Bonsai Plaza in The Netherlands are still in Japan, or at least they were a few weeks ago. Check out my blog on the Genkokai Exhibit, I wrote about that literati Sargent juniper and Morimae gave us a mini-lesson on its display. So it WAS in Kyoto on November 18th. Perhaps they have super quick shipping? It belonged to a private collector too, not Morimae, who only displayed it. Don’t know where that information came from… don’t care either, just wanted you to know.”
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