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.
Hey Walter,how long has it been since you collect it??
The majority of trees shown here are also shown on my gallery. The blog is the ongoing diary of daily happenings. The gallery is about individual trees and their development.So youn find the larch with the ax on my gallery, of course.http://walter-pall.de/larcheuropean_larch_nr__5.jpg.dir/index.htmlWP
Hi Walter,I just read the story about the rock, the Iceman and the axe...and it is really makin' my imagination take off...also, I was humbly wonderin' how you could determine the approximative age of an old tree like this one...do you look at the architecture of the branches, the size of the leaves, the drawings on the bark or even a bit of all as I think it is? I mean, how could I recognize the signs on this tree that allows me to guess it is around 300 years old and not, say, 100 or 800?Thanks again for your time and wonderful work (trees/pics/blog/explanations)...Yves Dosogne
Yves,all of this and then, most important, factul exoperience. We do have fatalities here and there. When a tree from a similar origin and similar caliper dies one cuts the trunk apart and counts the rings. Experience from doing this tells me that every inch or 2.5 cm of radius will mean from 50 to 100 rings, meaning years if the tree was collected near the timber line in very harsh conditions. BTW, if the tree comes from a nursery or where it grew very well it could mean only 10 years per inch.I have some trees from Colorado which are way more than 1,000 years old, probably around 2,000 years according to this method.WP
Thanks for sharin' your experience!Yves
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