3 Repotting Days at the February Seasonal-

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-

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The one shot I found of everyone: A sliver of Andrew, John, Steve in the background, and most of Dan.

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Old trees…

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…and young ones.

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Steve and Andrew tackling the root mass of this Japanese maple.

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This maple is the sister tree of the one I had in the last post, air-layered about six years ago from a sweet spindly thing I bought after coming back from Japan. I got it at Wee Tree, I think.

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Levitated bonsai. (Enjoy,Greg-)

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John noodling a Trident, giving it a strong suggestion to have a better nebari. Seedlings to be threaded on the table.

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Dan excavating part of a Limber pine’s root system.

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Our bronze mascot crab—as yet unnamed—who wanders around and shows up in random photos. Crustacean courtesy of Matt Reel.

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Rather wretched ‘potting soil’ discovered at the back of this spruce, so it was partially bare-rooted. The opposite side was in akadama/pumice set in place a couple years ago and was untouched.

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Dan- are you a professional photographer or what? Loved this one. (Think it was Dan with the camera this time…?)

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Steve and I chopsticking. To anyone who does not do bonsai, that does not mean we’re fencing with chopsticks. Read: ‘Settling soil between roots’. With chopsticks.

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Gotta love rawhide mallets.

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It’s such fun photographing photographers. Why?

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Exit with spruce-
Thanks SeaStudents! Great times-

5 Comments

  1. Jonny says:

    To answer your question – it’s fun to photograph photographers because photographers hate being photographed!

  2. Fred says:

    A separate blog about the thread grafting on the maple would be interesting and informative if you have time.

  3. backcountrydan says:

    That was me!…lol. I hoped that one would turn out well. I was trying not to get in the way, but couldn’t resist one shot. — And I think Jonny is right about photographng photographers… I know I’d allways rather be behind the camera!

    I had a great time, and learned more than I anticipated. Thanks for having us! I’m looking forward to coming back as soon as I can.
    -ps- here’s a link to more pics, and a bit more about the seasonal: http://backcountrybonsai.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/portland-oregon-michael-hagedorn-seasonal/

  4. biervenskus says:

    Always enjoy your posts. Please explain the use of the flat ‘planks’ of word. Thanks,

  5. backcountrydan says:

    Reblogged this on Backcountry Bonsai and commented:
    Here’s Michaels post about the seasonal Steve and I attended!

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