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Post  DreadyKGB on Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:36 am

Hey All,
Here are some photos from the show(not great photos). More to come and I will try to add species where I can later. For now enjoy these.

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Post  Steven on Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:01 am

Thanks for sharing

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:32 am

Thanks for posting Todd.
Some great trees.
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Post  Poink88 on Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:53 am

Thanks for sharing but not sure how the last pic (looks like BRT) made it in the show.

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Post  cbobgo on Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:49 am

It's an open show - every club member is encouraged to show a tree. There are 3 categories - novice, regular, and professional. The trees are judged within each category.

- bob

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Post  Poink88 on Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:33 pm

cbobgo wrote:It's an open show - every club member is encouraged to show a tree. There are 3 categories - novice, regular, and professional. The trees are judged within each category.
Bob,

Good to know, thanks!

Question. I am a newbie, if I buy a "finished" tree from Ryan Neil and decided to enter it...which category will it fall into?

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Post  DreadyKGB on Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:31 pm

Dario,
It is exactly as bob said, also over the last 2 years there have been a few members who have passed and who always entered quite a few trees so beginners were strongly encouraged to enter trees to both fill out the show and help them learn.

I'm not sure but, the "finished Ryan Neil tree" might be entered in the novice category (though they would probably be a shoe in)as long as you had previously not won any awards, although I definitely could be wrong here. I will ask today when I go to pick up my trees and get back to you. I entered two trees in the novice category even though I didn't really think they were ready for showing and I ended up getting a second place ribbon. I was very surprised and pleased. Here they are.



This one got the 2nd place ribbon in the novice category


You can see how it started Here

More Pics coming....

Todd


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Post  DreadyKGB on Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:52 pm

Here are some more:






























































Enjoy,

Todd

P.s. Sorry about the picture quality on some.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:28 pm

Thank you for sharing these Todd; some beautiful trees and stones!

Best,
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Post  Gary Swiech on Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:24 pm

Thanks a lot for sharing your images.

I unfortunately missed the show this year.

I go when I can get to Chicago that 3rd weekend in August. I grew up in Chicago until I was 30 and my wife and I made the move to Wisconsin.

I remember back when the first Midwest shows were at D-Hill Nursery, the original one located in Dundee, IL. It's not there anymore. Sold the property

for development, and went strictly wholesale. They had a nice Japanese garden and they sold bonsai. There was a grouping of old Japanese Red Pines

that was beautiful.

The Midwest show has a long tradition, and it's fun.

[b]

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Post  DreadyKGB on Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:06 am

Here are some more...




























































One More Batch coming later...

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Post  Tim Priest on Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:00 am

Poink88 wrote:
cbobgo wrote:It's an open show - every club member is encouraged to show a tree. There are 3 categories - novice, regular, and professional. The trees are judged within each category.
Bob,

Good to know, thanks!

Question. I am a newbie, if I buy a "finished" tree from Ryan Neil and decided to enter it...which category will it fall into?


Dario,
My client had purchased 2 Ryan Neil trees. Theoretically he could have put them into the open category because he displayed last year in Novice. But I advised him ethically that they should be put in Professional so there would be no backlash like there has been in the past by people buying finished Masterpieces and winning best of show in Open. Plus I disclosed to every person that congratulated me that I had nothing to do with the design but Ryan Neil created the tree. I was only the care giver and got it ready for the show.

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Post  Poink88 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:38 am

Tim,

I read your reply on the other thread and I am amazed that my example exactly applied to this very show. Shocked

Thanks!!!

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Post  Guest on Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:06 am







For me, This tree could have easily won the best in show award...for pro and non pro category.

It shows maturity, balance, leaf size reduction is relatively good, pot is also Ok. Not sure if it is grown on rock, but if it is, it should have easily won because the lack of nebari could be countered by this style.

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jun Smile

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Post  Poink88 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:17 am

Good post Jay. ThumbsUp

I agree and feel the same way.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:43 am

I agree too Dario and I really like your avatar.

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Post  Poink88 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:22 pm

Thanks Todd,

My son made this for me (though I have to qualify that I asked him) so it is extra special. Smile

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Post  Gary Swiech on Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:32 pm

One Point I'd like to make.

When I go to a bonsai show, I want to see the best bonsai I can. I see no reason why trees from non members or anyone else should

be able to enter their tree in the professional category.

My 2$

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Post  DreadyKGB on Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:58 pm

The last of the trees...













































Whew... so that is all the trees that were entered into the show, unless I missed one or two.

Peter Warren also did a very nice demo on a large spruce but I did not get any photos of it so if anyone has pics please add them on. Thanks for looking.

Todd

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Post  ChandlerBonsai on Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:28 am

Has anyone seen video of the tree critique? I've been waiting, but its not made it to youtube yet.

DC


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Post  Tim Priest on Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:35 am

Not yet Neil...... I keep looking for it....

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Post  Leo Schordje on Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:34 am



Hi Jun
When you see this tree in person it is more clear that it is a very well cared for root over rock trident, and the roots have grown over the years to almost entirely envelop the rock. The fused roots are incredible. The tree belongs to Matt Ouwinga, who has considerable skill with a tree, and an even greater passion for collecting bonsai pots. I believe he has had this tree for many years. I do remember it being at this show at least once, maybe 5 years or more earlier. I agree, this tree was certainly in the top 10 best at the show. Though the ones that did win best of show were worthy, when you got to see them in person. Photos don't always do justice. Matt's trident maple is one of the better examples of root over rock in a shohin size.


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Post  Russell Coker on Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:01 pm



Hey Dreadytodd, thanks for posting all of these pics!

Everyone has had an opinion about that juniper, but what's the first tree? I keep looking at that picture and I can't quite figure it out. My favorite, I think.

Am I the only one who thinks those tokonomas are waaaaaay too small and cramped?

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Post  my nellie on Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:06 pm

No, you're not the only one, Russel.
I think that most of the trees are suffocating into those tokonomas.

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Post  Poink88 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:22 pm



As nice as this tree is, I think it could have been "cleaned" better before entering into a show. I can see stubs that should have been trimmed flush and some branches should be thinned on areas where there is a basically a whorl. JMHO (based on what I see from this pic).

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