First two images spring and summer 1999 as Peter Thali found the mugo pine in Switzerland.
After plucking the needles the tree looks good again. This one appears very unusual. It looks so ancient, so archaic. Like someone has styled it who knows nothing about bonsai but a lot about real tree, like nature did that. Well, that's exactly what it is supposed to look like. I could tame him and make him more behave like a bonsai but I am tempted to leave him as is. If I ever show this in a big exhibit this may be a slap into the face of the judges. Or not. We'll see.