Bonsai tree: King Arthur’s Bonsai?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bonsai tree: King Arthur’s Bonsai?

Juniper. From a series of photos entitled ‘King Arthur’ by Zino Rongo.

A very sweet tree

Though it’s unclear what the connection with the legendary King Arthur is, it is abundantly clear that this is a very sweet bonsai. It presents a strong feeling of balance and unity that isn’t always that easy to achieve, and the flowing lines of the shari are so well done that the wood appears naturally aged by time and the elements (it wasn’t). Even that slightly unsettling piece of deadwood that sticks up and points the opposite direction from the flow of the tree provides interesting contrast. I’d love to see this tree in a bonsai pot.

Some of the best

Just a little more about the shari; the deadwood on this tree is some of the best I’ve seen. The shape, the color, the lines, the contrast between light and dark, the flow, the naturally aged feel… everything about it. I think that even Francois Jeker would be proud of it.

Mr. Rongo and this tree came a long ways from here to the photo at the top of the post. Here’s the whole series of steps.

Source: Bonsai Bark


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