Nature’s Bonsai Growing Out of Rocks in Some of the Most Sensational Surroundings Anywhere

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog.

In this part of the world (Grand Canyon, Zion & Brice National Parks and surroundings) it’s not unusual to see trees like this growing out of rocks. Somewhere there has to be some soil or duff, but often you can’t see it. The magnificent old tree is a pine (see below) and the dramatic backdrop is the Grand Canyon. The photo was borrowed from Bonsai Mania The photos shown here are from a post we did back December 2010, a while after my last trip to the Grand Canyon. It was the South Rim then. Now it’s the North Rim as well as Zion and Brice National Parks. We’ve got some hopefully decent cell phone photos, but probably won’t have time to sort through them all until we get home. Meanwhile, here are some from a post we did back in December, 2010. The text is being written now. Quickly, so we can get back outside! BRAND NEW TOOL SPECIAL 30% off list prices on all Bonsai Tools including turntables, soil sieves etc SEE BELOW – This blurry blowup confirms my notion the the tree is a pine, perhaps even a Bristlecone. To be sure, I got my trusty National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America out, and sure enough, the Intermountain Bristlecone (Pinus longaeva) has a spot on the map that falls right on the Grand Canyon (this was written in 2010. What follows is from today). The pines we see most around here are Ponderosa and Pinyon. I haven’t noticed…

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