My wife and I went to the Artisans Cup bonsai show in Portland, Oregon. It is a fantastic show with superb bonsai. The Saturday morning opening was packed with people. The hall was basically unlit, except flood lights aiming directly at the trees.
There were over 70 displays, heavy on conifers, especially American west and northwest species such as California Juniper, Pondorosa Pine, Sierra Juniper, Mountain Hemlock etc. These collected trees are huge, and with a lot of jins and shari.
Here are some of the photos I took with my point-and-shoot camera:
First Prize Tree: Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) from Randy Knight, estimated age 650 years old, trained for 5 years.
Details of the shari, the dead branch hung out the pot.
South Western White Pine ( Pinus strobiformis) from Greg Breden. Estimated age: 300+ years old, trained for 10 years, in a Ron Lang cascade pot.
I love the way the root hung onto the pot, a very beautiful and masculine pot.
Mountain Hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana) from Dan Robinson. Estimated age: 500 years old, trained 23 years. See Dan’s book on “Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees” for stories behind his collections. I saw this tree when I visited Dan’s Elandon Garden last year.
I like the mushroom among the moss, one would see similar mushrooms in Canadian wilderness where mountain hemlock grows.
These mushrooms grow along the river bank of the Shannon Falls, near Squamish, British Columbia. I also saw several bonsai quality wild mountain hemlocks in the area; that would be another post for the future.
California Juniper (Juniperus californica) from Seiji Shiba. Estimated age: 1000-1600 years old, trained for 15 years.
Details of the shari and root base.
California Juniper (Juniperus californica) from Eric Shrader. This juniper was grafted with “kishu” shimpaku (Juniperus chinensis) to get a finer foliage. Estimated age: 100 years old, trained 10 years, in an antique Chinese pot.
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) from the Rocky Mountains by Doug Paul. Estimated age: 800 years old, trained 5 years.
Second prize winning tree. A Sierra Juniper (Juniperus occidentalis var. australis) from Tim Priest. Collected from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. Estimated age: 300 years old, trained for 5 years.
Third prize tree, A Rocfky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulerum) from Amy Blanton. Estimated age: 450 years old, trained 4 years.
Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) from John Wall. Estimated age: 40-50 years old, trained 5 years. Collected in Tennessee.
The top part of the main trunk has beaver mark.
Mountain Hemlock (Tsuga martebsiana) from Anthony Fajarillo. Estimated age: 300-350 years old, trained for 8-10 years. Origin: Vancouver Island.
A defoliated Japanese Beach (Fagus crenata ‘Fuji’) from the Pacific Bonsai Museum. I had featured this tree in my previous post on the museum’s collections. Esitmated age: 60 years old, trained 57 years.
Buttonwood (Conorcarpus erectus) from Michael Feduccia. Estimated age: 150-200 years old, trained for 5 years.
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira” from William Valvanis. Estimated age: 51 years old, trained for 46 years.
It is interesting to note that the three winning trees, though have great age, were trained for only 4-5 years. The broad leave Japanese Beech and Maple had been trained for nearly half a century.