Vine Maple ‘Boot’ Revisit-
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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog.
This composition is from March 2015. We had it in the studio for our annual fall trim and thought it might be fun to compare it with the original styling. I’d intended this one to be a bit…awkward. Many paintings, sculpture, or other art I enjoy looking at again and again often have an element of the quirky or odd. I was investigating at the time about not just the visual balance we often talk about in bonsai, the synthesis of the design, but actual physical balance—where something does or doesn’t tip over, and playing along that edge. This maple came out of a few particularly experimental years in the Crataegus garden, and it’s still one that visitors either pass by quickly as if they wish they hadn’t just seen that, or they stand there for a few minutes and call me over to talk about it. Nice to have a few like that in the garden. The moniker ‘The Boot’ came about organically, like many nicknames do. We playfully name things in my yard, not as one would name a work of art, but to help communicate which tree we are talking about. For years then this has been the The Boot, as the levitated area off to the right looks like a raised mossy shoe. A word about the ramification of Vine Maple, Acer circinatum. Ramification tends to progress…slowly. Vine Maple is a species with a genetic lineage closest to Full Moon Maple and Japanese Maple, and they…
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