The Magician’s Ezo Spruce Bonsai Forest

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog.

Before and after,three years later. Masahiko Kimura ‘The Magician’ styled this Ezo spruce (Picea Glehnii) planting with a high mountain stand of conifers in mind Continuing with bonsai forests from the last two days… Looking at the after forest above, you might notice how the trees on the outside lean out in search of sunlight, which is what you would expect in a natural stand of trees (more on this below) You may also notice how Kimura enhanced the feeling of age by removing or jinning about half of the limbs (this is most evident in the intermediate to after photos below). Trees tend to shed limbs as they age. This is especially true of trees in forests where there’s competition for light; with more growth at the tops and edges and less in the shaded areas where branches tend to weaken and even fall off.  All three photos in this post are from Bonsai Today issue 26* NEW SPECIALS 20% OFF ALL BONSAI WIRE 25% TO 30% OFF ROSHI BONSAI TOOLS – Freshly planted. Kimura started with inexpensive untrained trees. The placement of each tree is carefully thought out to create a natural and harmonious feel. We’ll discuss some of the concepts behind placement in future posts. Meanwhile, an excellent book on the subject is Saburo Kato’s Forest, Rock Planting & Ezo Spruce Bonsai   The Magician The Bonsai Art of Kimura 2   This intermediate stage is one year after planting (below) and two years before the top photo. It’s quite powerful…

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