I wanted to share some pictures of trees i've taken up in the Sierras. The widely distributed Ponderosa Pine or Pinus Ponderosa is well known by many N. American Bonsai enthusiasts. Their trunks can have great character and movement with deeply fissured bark, all characteristics that we love in Bonsai.
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It always fascinates me to see how different the bark can look on these trees. To the right of the picture above shows a close up of some deeply fissured bark.
Ponderosa Bonsai created by mother earth.
When I first learned of Ponderosa Pine I figured they were similar to Japanese Black Pine because of the bark. However the more I learn about Ponderosa, the more I compare it to Japanese White Pine. Both Ponderosa and White Pine are high mountain pines. They both grow naturally with Jin, Shari and Twist because they face harsher growing environments. For Bonsai these characteristics are more desirable on White and Ponderosa compared to Black Pine. They are also similar in care and needle reduction.
The plants growing along side these trees give me great inspiration for accent plants. I hope to see more natives like these being displayed along side our Bonsai in the future.
Taken on a beautiful day for a hike
Crazy shape and bark!
Close up of same tree as above.
I walked passed this pine which had been growing in a granite crack for several years. I felt that this picture illustrated why collecting these pocket trees can sometimes be easy and other times be very challenging or impossible. For whatever reason, the granite broke off on one side exposing the roots and taking away the support for the tree. As you can see the tree has grown one very long root which continues back and further into the crack. There are some feeder roots near the base of the trunk, but often they are not enough to support the tree if it was collected.
It's fun finding these naturally made waterfalls after the snow melts in the Sierras. Hope you liked the pictures and Happy New Year!!!