The trunk reveals the heart and soul of bonsai. It can anyway. A compelling trunk tells a tree’s life story. It’s the oldest part of the tree and it bears the marks of age. And when the environment in which the tree matures is harsh, amazing things can happen.
Ignoring foliage, pots, stands and displays for a moment, it can be fun to study and appreciate intriguing trunk lines.
Nature’s brush paints with great imagination.
Whether these bonsai were crafted by nature or by man, they share a sensibility that is not without artistic merit.
And even – or especially – when the trees defy our standard conceptions about bonsai conventions, they remain interesting to the eye.
Seasonal color doesn’t hurt either.
To conclude for today, a straight line, and a formal and abstract design for an old hinoki. Thanks again to Boon Manakitivipart for the photos.
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