Walter Pall's main blog about bonsai and his work with trees from day to day. Lots of good pictures of good trees and lots of valuable information about bonsai.
Besides the pine-envy I'm having right now, is that fat mugho (pic 6376) drying out some live veins? Just asking because of the peeling bark on parts of the nebari. I had always liked this one had live nebari all-around, and often wondered why you had not incorporated more roots to the rest of the shari. This being a modern piece, would you prefer live nebari or just a narrow live vein in the front (which is marked pretty clearly on this pic) with the rest of the nebari made into shari? I would appreciate your feelings/thoughts on this...Thanks!Juan
Juan,this sure is a modern bonsai. I hate to exaggerate things though here. I would never wnat just a thin live vein in front. Often this looks very contrived. But as you can see some roots are dead and the bark starts to fall off. After the next exhibit I will take off more bark and clearly shari some roots. It will then take about two years for the fresh dead wood to get appropriate patina. I don't want this tree to become grotesque though. It must always look as if nature really did it and not like a sculpture done by a radical modern bonsaiist. We'll see.Walter
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