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I Spent 2 Years Capturing The Beauty Of Bonsai Trees
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I Spent 2 Years Capturing The Beauty Of Bonsai Trees

I began making these photos as a form of relaxation, a reason to be near something beautiful and to take it in fully, without the usual time constraints I had grown accustomed to in my professional work.

The bonsai, themselves, seemed the very opposite of the subjects I usually photographed—they stood before me fully present, their sense of time measured in decades, even centuries.

From my first glimpse of the trees all those years ago, I knew implicitly that there was something to be learned from them, from their endurance and quiet dignity.

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Japanese White Pine, in training since 1625

Rhododendron ‘Gunki’, in training since 1982

Chinese Elm, training date unknown

Trident Maple, in training since 1985

Crapemyrtle, in training since 2010

Sargent’s juniper bonsai, training date unknown

Japanese Black Pine, training date unknown

California Juniper bonsai, in training since 1985

Cedar Elm, in training since 1981

California juniper, in training since 1985

Chinese Elm, in training since 1946

Sargent Juniper, in training since 1905

Bald Cypress bonsai, in training since 1987

Drummond Red Maple, in training since 1974.

California Juniper bonsai, in training since 1985

Japanese Red Pine bonsai, in training since 1905

Bald Cypress bonsai, in training since 1987

Blue Atlas Cedar, in training since 1948

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Mike Mac
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You saved me two years, and they look very nice.

Charmaine MacDonald
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sooo beautifully inspiring!!! Not the biggest CO2 absorbers but we just love bonsais! Help reduce CO2 emissions and fight global warming! Plant trees for free by simply clicking on the link. Reduce carbon emissions and fight global warming. http://ecologyfund.com/ http://caretoclick.com/… http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/ .http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/rainforest/ http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/global-warming/ http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGi…/trs/home When You Plant It Forward, You Change Lives. https://info.ecosia.org/what http://cannecy.free.fr/iforest/en/ http://www.landcareniagara.com/index.php http://www.shopforyourcause.com/click-donate-share… http://www.klimatbalans.se/klicka.html http://www.diewaldseite.de/ When you choose the activity you want to support and click the "Donate" button, Brother will make a donation of one yen (about one cent USD) per click on your behalf. http://www.brotherearth.com/en/top.html #EcoFriendly

Cathleen Morris
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful! Contrary to a few other opinions, I find your photos stunning. Any thoughts on a bonsai tree to choose as a beginner?

Jay Combs
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

@jasmine http://bfy.tw/6cm9

Tarannom
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I bornd in Arbor Day and I realyyyyy love trees *.*

Little Menace
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not too keen on the photography but the bonsai are amazing.

Jasmine Applegate
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is so beautiful, where can you get bonsai trees from?

Mike Mac
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You saved me two years, and they look very nice.

Charmaine MacDonald
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sooo beautifully inspiring!!! Not the biggest CO2 absorbers but we just love bonsais! Help reduce CO2 emissions and fight global warming! Plant trees for free by simply clicking on the link. Reduce carbon emissions and fight global warming. http://ecologyfund.com/ http://caretoclick.com/… http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/ .http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/rainforest/ http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/global-warming/ http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGi…/trs/home When You Plant It Forward, You Change Lives. https://info.ecosia.org/what http://cannecy.free.fr/iforest/en/ http://www.landcareniagara.com/index.php http://www.shopforyourcause.com/click-donate-share… http://www.klimatbalans.se/klicka.html http://www.diewaldseite.de/ When you choose the activity you want to support and click the "Donate" button, Brother will make a donation of one yen (about one cent USD) per click on your behalf. http://www.brotherearth.com/en/top.html #EcoFriendly

Cathleen Morris
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful! Contrary to a few other opinions, I find your photos stunning. Any thoughts on a bonsai tree to choose as a beginner?

Jay Combs
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

@jasmine http://bfy.tw/6cm9

Tarannom
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I bornd in Arbor Day and I realyyyyy love trees *.*

Little Menace
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not too keen on the photography but the bonsai are amazing.

Jasmine Applegate
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is so beautiful, where can you get bonsai trees from?

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