Over the years, 30 of them in fact, I have taken pictures of my trees. I have no idea why, but I did. I am really glad I did. There is nothing like being able to go back and see what a person felt was great bonsai years ago compared to what one is doing today. It is also a good time to compare photos from previous years and see how the tree is progressing or where it still needs work. Sometimes it is nice to have a virtual representation to work towards. That ideas works extremely well and can keep the artist on track. Of course there is always the educational lag factor. It reads: “Todays great idea will evaporate with tomorrows new found education”. So that vitual if allowed to be kept for any amount of time may proove to be of no use if the idea takes a better route.
So here is a maple purchased in 2010.
It underwent its first pruning. A basic shape was wired into place
A virtula of where I would like to see the tree. It will take a lot of work on the base to get that kind of flare, it also took seven grafts to get the roots going as well as some branches where they did not exist.
Currently the tree looks like this. I have a better flare now, and the roots will grow together. the branches are better as I have them where I need them. Only need time now.
I bought this maple in 2003.
The tree in 2004
The tree in 2007
Virtual done in 2008
The tree in 2008
The tree in 2009
The tree in 2011
The tree in 2013. The tree is getting closer to my image. Ramifying lower branches is getting harder to do each year. It is a comprimise with the top of the tree with it being stronger.
Winter time is a great time of the year to sit back and take pictures of the trees. Not much is going on and one can bring them out at leisure to make photo’s. Those living in colder climates will have their trees put away for winter, but the tree can be phtographed during warmer periods when danger of frost is low.
I take this photo each year just to remind me of how the trees are progressing each year. The twigs get denser and the branches fuller.
As purchased in 2010
Tree in 2011
Tree in 2013