Friday, July 13, 2007

North American vs Europe Photo Contest -part 1

This contest by the Art of Bonsai Project had a very good turnout. See here:
http://artofbonsai.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=62

after returning from my recent trip a pleasant surprise waited for me. My trees did very well in that contest.
The Rocky Mountain Juniper won best of Europe overall and best of the whole contest America vs. Europe. I am very pleased. Most ironcally it is an American tree. On many occasions one can read statements on the net from Amemicans who say the Europe has a definite advantage by having much better material than America. I always say that the opposite is true. Then they say that Europe has so much better access to good material than America. Well, why do I have more than 50 Rocky Moutain Junipers and quite a few ponderosa pines then? Do I have bad access?

Anyway here the tree.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Obviously... "access" to good material is directly related to how much money you have. As you well know there are very few that can make a living off of Bonsai. So, you are a pro, obviously have financial means and are well connected, therefor you have "access". Just making the point that some people truly do not have "access". So, don't deny what is truly their reality.

Anonymous said...

Apologies... I realized my last comment about "access" may have sounded rude, this was not my intent. Just wanted to point out that some people really do not have access. I live in the US, but obtaining this kind of material would literally cost me thousands. Travel, time off from work etc..

Congratulations on the contest. Your Bonsai as always are inspirational.

Walter Pall said...

OK,
and you think this is not true in Europe. You are saying basically that there is a higher stadard of livig in Europe than there is in America? Well it is hard to swollow but I honestly think that is the case beinig on both sides of the Atlantc since 40 years.
You would be surprised how little money is made in bonsai in Europe and how little I make. I consider myslef an amateur. No kidding. I barely get my cost paid. I am not rich at all. I am only much more dedicated than most.
Good material has VERY little to do with money. It has eveything to do with dedication and stubborn willigness. I have purchased many of my American trees from a picture. One absolutely dos not have to travel.
And who said that bonsai is for poor folks anyway? I meet folks who have a digital camera that costs two grand and they pay 50 bucks to enter a workshop and then they brag aout having gotten this mateial for free or for almost nothing. And it is crap. They are just not willing to spend on material. There is a strange notion in the bonsai scee: Bonsai has to cost almost nothing, you have to make it all yourself, and one can create a masterpiece from garbage. This all is nonsense. The Italians have found out about this and are spoending money on material. Are you telling me that Italians by and large are more affluent than Americans?
Bottom line: stop whining and start working on getting better. It all starts with better material.

Walter

Anonymous said...

Easy Mr. Pall. Your passion obviously comes through. Yes, you are correct, it all boils down to priorities. I do not have material like you because I do not make Bonsai my priority as you do. This is not criticism... probably more like jealousy. Thank you for your comments and thank you for the challenge. I must get better and I must make more effort to find better material. Thank you for inspiring others with your work.

dheran said...

On a different note, How do you transport your trees from America to europe without causing damage or weakening the trees.How do you protect the foliage and rootball. Especially with pines and junipers that need the sunlight

tx
dheran

Walter Pall said...

It's history. No tranport form America to Europe anymore. Protection is the same as if I send a tree in Europe. Where is the problem?

dheran said...

No Problem, Just wondered what would be the safest way to transport the trees? Air or ship? and what about care while in transit?

Are you not allowed to transport from america to europe or are you not bringing trees from america by choice?

tx
dheran

200xth said...

In case you want to see any updates on the tree(s) above since this blog entry, here are the links to each tree(s):

1) Rocky Mountain Juniper #2