Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oriental hornbeam #12

Oriental hornbeam, Carpinus orientalis, collected in 2009. This one is very promising. It is one of my favorites.


Jerry said...

Walter - a thing of beauty.

Why did you keep that very large lower branch?

Walter Pall said...

the big branch: you are well aware what I just wrot to Andrija who asked exactly the same question:

You are awar what Min-Hsuan Lo is doing. He takes a thick branch like this and makes it a feature. I am doing the same on this tree. 99% of all bonsaiists would cut the branch though. And they all have rather boring trees in the end, because the trees are all ideal. How many ideal women do you want?
My assistant Walter wanted to cut the branch off right away and I would not let him.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tree indeed.

The bottom branch bothers me too. Not so much for its thickness but for its lack of movement.

Min-Hsuan Lo's trees (which are incredible) do often have huge thick branches but I cannot recall ever seeing one that does not have beautiful movement.

Anyway Walter, I am sure it will look great when you are done with it.


Carolyn said...

I like the big low branch. But what about the smaller one directly opposite it?
I think many people would have followed the "rule" to remove opposite branches. Could you tell us why you chose to leave it?

Walter Pall said...

Carplyn, I left it becaue I liked it. That opposing branhes are ugly is an acquired bonsai taste. We were TOLD that they are ugly. Ask any artist who has no clue about bonsai and he will tell you that we are nuts.

Matt Williams said...

Not all deciduous trees need to be elegant, this is a major bonsai misperception... aincient decidous trees often have massive branches at inelegant angles, but we admire them for their age, tenacity, and even their "uglyness"!
The delicacy of spring growth, fine ramification, and autumn colour add the contrasting beauty.
When the canopy is more developed this will be a beautiful tree.

Carolyn said...

Thanks for the explanation. I did not mean to say the small opposite branch was ugly! But I did wonder if I misunderstood the rule I was taught.

Your tree has great character, and maybe for such a tree, a different design and thought process is needed.