This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the annual Bay Island Bonsai Exhibit. Overall I believe the show was a great success and I really enjoyed seeing all the wonderful trees on display. Below are some pictures I took which represent only a small portion of the show.
Above is an incredible Western Juniper with nice deadwood, movement and ramified foliage. This was originally collected from Idaho and differs slightly from Sierra Juniper. This tree won Members Choice-Large Conifer.
One of the better Chinese Quince I've seen in the U.S.
I love this exposed root, cascade style White Pine. I feel the tree, pot and stand compliment each other very well. I'm a huge sucker for root stands and I like this one alot. This tree won Members Choice-Med Conifer.
Exposed Root Black Pine
A short and stocky Black Pine with nice taper and a strong base.
Awesome Hornbeam owned by Jonas of Bonsaitonight.com.
Beautiful Black Pine in an informal upright style with great bark. This pot is made of a red colored clay which looked awesome with the patina on it. Sorry for not getting better/closer shot of the pot.
Unique and interesting Japanese Maple over rock. I'm not sure what variety of maple this is, but have enjoyed seeing it's progress from the last time it was shown.
Sierra Juniper with some of the most dense foliage I've ever seen on a Sierra.
Japanese Maple with terrific taper, nebari and base. This tree won Members Choice-Shohin deciduous/broad leaf evergreen.
A beautiful shohin cascading Black Pine.
I believe this is called Squirrel Foot Fern. Similar to rabbit foot, but not as common at least in the U.S. Great Specimen.
Boon's field grown Taiwanese Juniper. Growing material this size must take an insane amount of time to create. However, that insane amount is nothing compared to what mother nature is use to. The twist and movement on this tree are fantastic.
Lot's of fruit on this Princess Persimmon. I was blown away when I recently discovered just how many varieties of Princess Persimmon there actually are. The fruit come in many different colors, shapes and sizes.
Companion plant on a Japanese roof tile.
Originally a collected Sierra Juniper, the top half was separated and has not been shown yet. This foliage was grafted, I believe with Kishu.
A cool White Pine rock planting.
This year I helped move most of the trees from their show room display to the photography display and back. I really enjoyed being able to examine each tree so close up. It was also fascinating to see the process that Eric uses to photograph the trees. I was able to get a sneak peak at his pictures and they turned out super nice!
In order to remember where each tree was positioned I took pictures of all the displays. It would have been especially difficult to remember exactly how this shohin display was set up.
The BIB show included displays, an auction, vendors and demo from Boon and Daisaku Nomoto. Overall it was a fantastic Bonsai weekend, hope to see you there next year!