Posts Tagged ‘Seasonal’
I had no idea how to title this one. Just as I had no idea, really, what exactly I was doing with my March Seasonal students the day we put this thing together. Which must instill a lot of confidence in my students. Seasonal veterans are familiar with me taking a left turn sometimes. But this time I was more than a bit uncertain about their reaction when I started our morning with, ‘I’ve this idea, but not the faintest clue how we’re going to do it.’ So with that, we did… it. Whatever ‘it’ is, I hope the photos will describe better than I-
February ended with a great Seasonal group comprised mostly of new students—three newcomers, one returnee. Thanks Andrew, Dan, Steve, and John (our veteran) for a fantastic and productive three days. And thanks too for taking such great photos! Many of these I did not take, yet found on my camera-
In a mix of seriousness and hilarity, the 2012 Fall Seasonal wrapped up a couple weeks ago leaving us all well-fed and with somewhat dirtier fingers. Here’s a few photos of those three days–
This year’s Summer Seasonal class had the usual impromptu and totally off-the-wall field trip, as is becoming familiar to frequent students. The memorable one from this session was a trip to the dollar store to buy rubber snakes… for scaring away birds. Which is sad, I as I quite enjoy birds. What I don’t enjoy is replacing moss they’ve destroyed and putting on more fertilizer pellets where they’ve been flipped out in the excited search for insects.
It started as something of a joke, really. What we found at the store were snakes for kids, that when put in water swelled to 60% their size because it was not really rubber but some scary sticky gluey stuff that you’d never allow anywhere near a kid.
Oddly enough our joke worked. We’ve not had a bird attack since, although it does keep me active in the mornings moving snakes around so birds don’t wise up. Well, they might eventually, but I’m happy enough to have a few weeks respite.
What the others bought at the dollar store is not for publication-
Earlier this week five guys descended on my studio for three days of bonsai festivities. Here’s a photographic tour of some of the happenings… minus most of the black pine decandling, the wiring exercise, and the final removal of ponderosa foliage from a grafted tree. Hope you enjoy what we did manage to document-
This is a product of my Seasonal sessions. A few years ago I bought this weedy looking Sierra juniper, removed the field soil and repotted it into a pumice/akadama mix in a plastic nursery pot with help from Seasonal students in 2009, and styled it with a Seasonal group in 2010.
It really did look unpromising at first, but I’m proud of my student’s work. They made a significant bend in the main trunk in hard dead wood—which originally was as straight as an arrow—and wired the top branches. Then this spring we repotted it into the bonsai container it is shown in. We tried a few display options and possible companion plants in our summer Seasonal last week (July 2011), which included several of the students who had seen it through from the beginning.
It was a lovely transformation, this tree, my student’s efforts. They brought what was nothing much to something of note. Rilke says something appropriate in his Letters to a Young Poet:
“If you will love what seems to be insignificant and will in an unassuming manner, as a servant, seek to win the confidence of what seems poor, then everything will become easier, more harmonious, and somehow more conciliatory, not for your intellect—that will likely remain behind, astonished—but for your innermost consciousness, your awakeness, and your inner knowing.”