Friday, November 23, 2007

winter pictures - part 14

Huge cembra pine forest

and huge hornbeam forest.

Pots by Dieter Schunta.


alfredo said...

I would like to ask you something that may sound stupid. But there it goes anyway: Do you think that, as a bonsaist, all this time you have to contemplate, to observe,in winter, somehow complements (ergänz) all the activity you are involved in during the spring and summer. Would you rather live in an endless summer.
There´s something that speaks to me when I see these winter pictures, and can´t do nothing but to think about the eye,(and heart) behind the lens.
Thanks for sharing and sharing.


Walter Pall said...


indeed, I would not want to live without the seasons. Bonsai is not the same in moderate climate. It is not just the different species.
It is interesting to note that one sees so many bonsai made in tropical climate trying to resemble old trees in the mountains of harsh climate. Because this is where bonsai came from hisrtorically.

Anonymous said...

Why the thick, single trunk going straight to the canopy on the hornbeam forest's main tree? On a pine or spruce maybe, but this is what I think of for a hornbeam

Walter Pall said...

Oh well, it is because I had this tree when I composed the main layout of the forest and I liked it. And I still like it. It would be bed if we all had the same taste.
And it is not necessary for the main tree to look like the ideal hornbeam as long as it looks like a credible deciduous tree which belongs to the others. And then this forest is in a very earyl stage of development and one should not jusdge what is there but what WILL be there. But it may well be that I am the only one who sees what WILL be there. Such is the art of bonsai.

Dan said...

I like the hornbeam forest a lot. I'm a big fan of those one-big-tree-next-to-smaller-group-creating-perspective forests. Which brings me to the tree on the front left, it makes this forest a bit different. Big lone tree just outside the big forest with small typical outskirts-of-forest seedling in front of it. How about adding a couple more really tiny ones in the back left or even right in front of the big tree (and remove the really tiny ones on the right), did it ever cross your mind? Or maybe I'm completely on the wrong track with my interpretation here?

Marius said...

Hi Walter,
I like this forest too. In my opinion its a very good composition and this big trunk give the forest character, I like it. It`s actualy one of the best hornbean forests I` ve ever seen!

Walter Pall said...


I have already five little trees ready to place at the left of the forest and maybe right in front of the grandgrandfather. More or less what you are suggesting.
contrary to how it is taught I do patchwork forests. I add trees as I get some that fit.
BTW, this forest is NOT YET seriously styled. It wil take about ten years to do this. sob e careful with your judgement.
I often stress the point that it does not matter what a bonsai looks like during development phase. It only matters what it will look like in the end.


Dan said...

So did Naka with "Goshin" (patchwork, maybe he didn't do it on purpose though). Sounds a whole lot better than throwing in things that don't fit or NOT making a forest just because all pieces aren't there yet. I'm sure I'll love it even more in ten years (*making mental note on going to Munich in 2017*).

Off topic: You have more snow than we have here in Stockholm. That feels....weird.