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Post  Hans van Meer. on Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:17 am

Hi everybody,
this afternoon I finished preparing my big Larch (XL) for his first show! It took me 5 day's! Not becauce it was that much work, but becauce we had terrible weather for a whole week, it was raining and freezing most of the time! And I had no place to stand dry or warm and becauce of that I gotta nasty head cold to make things even harder! Wink But today I feld a bit better and the sun was out for a change and that made, together with lots off hot coffee, the freezing temperature bearable! I am glad with how the end resuld looks and I am also glad that I only had to use a minimum amount off wiring to reach it! So now XL will finaly goes to his protected place in my winter shelter and will be left alone until a few day's before the show in January. I cant wait to finaly show it! Very Happy
Below: Fine wiring with 0,3 mm copper wire is rrrrealy hhhhard when you are this cold! Smile



Below: My Larch and I have so much fun together! Rolling Eyes Very Happy



Below: After the work was don, we wend out for a walk along the seaside near to our house. Next to were we always park the car we found this uprooted buxus on the ground all exposed to the freezing temperatures. It was left when they had removed some larger trees earlier this week! So we load it in the car and after the walk we took it home to give it a fighting change. This short stay in my car made my car smell like 25 dogs and cats had pied on it and they probably did! Boy we had to drive with the windows open! Smile I hope that smelly tree makes it trough winter!



Cheers,
Hans van Meer.


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Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:59 am

Love that Larch!
Love the peace signs!

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Post  GašperG on Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:22 am

Hi Hans,

I always like to see this great looking larch and now that it's show ready and with minimum wiring, XL will surely be one of the show - stoppers. You two look like a nice couple Laughing
I hope i get to see it in real some day.

Hans van Meer. wrote: ... This short stay in my car made my car smell like 25 dogs and cats had pied on it and they probably did! Boy we had to drive with the windows open! Smile I hope that smelly tree makes it trough winter!

lol! I dug a spruce once that was full of cow manure and drove home...but the smell can not be compared.

Best...

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Post  yamasuri on Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:35 am

The Larch is getting greater every season. Good work. Regarding buxus...yes it will survive because a lot of fine roots. I'm sure. Nice catch too.

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Post  Pavel Slovák on Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:03 pm

Hi my friend.

A wonderful tree. For winter exhibit ideal condition. I wish great success.
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Post  Jack Carrack on Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:07 pm

Good luck with the show. The tree looks in great condition.

Hope the new addition recovers well.

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Post  Fore on Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:34 pm

Beautiful Hans! I commend you on fine wiring with frozen fingers! Wink Good luck at the show!

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Post  sunip on Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:44 pm

Hello Hans,
Man i only went out to cheque the greenhouses with this wether!
So we gonna meet this tree at Noelanders??
Nice idea to look forward to in the next year.
Sunip Wink

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Post  Steve p on Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:46 pm

Thats how the men do it. No fancy studio hat and coat on and get out there lol, i love this makes me want to get my hat on and get out there lol. Looking good.SmileSmile

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Post  Tony on Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:48 pm

Another year and its now amazing... nothing lost from last time I saw this wonderful tree!

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Post  Sakaki on Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:01 pm

Hans van Meer. wrote:




Oh god! This is another masterpiece that needs & deserves a name as we did for Tony's dragon Smile
(May I suggest one?)
It is great tree!!!

Best wishes
Taner

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Post  gman on Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:11 pm

Nice looking tree Hans, will you freshen up the deawood features for the show?
Nice find too.....they are tough so hopefully it will make it.
Cheers
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Post  Vance Wood on Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:23 pm

Great tree and a wonderful image not typical of the image Larch present naturally. Not being critical just pointing out the obvious and wishing to illustrate that the natural form of a tree does not necessarily mean that a bonsai must conform to that image. Many trees used in bonsai under bonsai culture successfully achieve forms not common to the tree in nature. However the images they do attain look natural and believable which makes them great bonsai.

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:09 pm

Todd Ellis wrote:Love that Larch!
Love the peace signs!

Thanks Ellis! Eh.... that peace sign is actually the bunny ear sign we do over here behind some once back to make them look silly in a picture! Very Happy But we can also pretend that it is a victory sign.....now that would be a nice thought!!! Wink

Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

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GašperG wrote:Hi Hans,

I always like to see this great looking larch and now that it's show ready and with minimum wiring, XL will surely be one of the show - stoppers. You two look like a nice couple Laughing
I hope i get to see it in real some day.

Hans van Meer. wrote: ... This short stay in my car made my car smell like 25 dogs and cats had pied on it and they probably did! Boy we had to drive with the windows open! Smile I hope that smelly tree makes it trough winter!

lol! I dug a spruce once that was full of cow manure and drove home...but the smell can not be compared.

Best...

Gašper

Hi Casper, I do hope that people like it?! It will be one off the first "real me styled" Bonsai that I show and I am looking forward to the feedback I will get during the show! But lets not sell the bearskin before we actually shot one! Wink I still dont know if XL is actually selected for the show....so fingers crossed! Shocked
Would you believe that my car still smells like a forgotten cat's pissing box! My own cat could not stop sniffing my hands!

Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

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yamasuri wrote:The Larch is getting greater every season. Good work. Regarding buxus...yes it will survive because a lot of fine roots. I'm sure. Nice catch too.

Thanks Vlad! Yes it is amazing how fast they actually grow! It is just starting to look like a Bonsai, but I am still amazed how full the foliage pads look from a births eye view!
I hope the Buxus pulls trough it has layed, like in the picture, above the ground frozen for days! But they are strong, so it might be saved just in time!

Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:20 pm

Pavel Slovák wrote: Hi my friend.

A wonderful tree. For winter exhibit ideal condition. I wish great success.
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Greetings Pavel

Hi Pavel,
how are you doing my friend? I am glad you like it! And yes it is great to show it with out foliage, it dos not shows it very good in these pictures, but the ramification is some thing I am realy happy with! And thanks for your good wishes, I hope that it will be selected, that is success enough for me!!! Very Happy
Hope to see you soon!

Cheers,
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Post  Hans van Meer. on Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:14 am

Jack Carrack wrote:Good luck with the show. The tree looks in great condition.

Hope the new addition recovers well.

Fore wrote:Beautiful Hans! I commend you on fine wiring with frozen fingers! Wink Good luck at the show!

sunip wrote:Hello Hans,
Man i only went out to cheque the greenhouses with this wether!
So we gonna meet this tree at Noelanders??
Nice idea to look forward to in the next year.
Sunip Wink

Steve p wrote:Thats how the men do it. No fancy studio hat and coat on and get out there lol, i love this makes me want to get my hat on and get out there lol. Looking good.SmileSmile

Thanks guy's! Yes I was a regular hero, wiring in this weather with a cold....but I was bloody freezing my dangly bits off! And there was not much left to hold, when I finaly managed to pee! Very Happy I would kill for a warm studio to work in! Yes Noelanders is the aim, so fingers crossed! Very Happy

Cheers,
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Post  Hans van Meer. on Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:17 am

tony wrote:Another year and its now amazing... nothing lost from last time I saw this wonderful tree!

Thanks Tony! Yes everything stays in place with almost no wire! Time goes by so fast dont it?! Even in Bonsai years!

CU SOON BRO!!!!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:42 am

Sakaki wrote:
Hans van Meer. wrote:




Oh god! This is another masterpiece that needs & deserves a name as we did for Tony's dragon Smile
(May I suggest one?)
It is great tree!!!

Best wishes
Taner

Hi Taner, you do me to much honor sire.....please do go on!!!! Very Happy You can always suggest a name, I am curious what you see in my tree?....But it already has a name, XL as in extra Large! That is the name I came upp with when I had to carry it down a with meltwater soaked mountain side and realized that I had saved to much off a rootbal to be carried by just one person! Especially because that one person, that was in line for a lower back operation, his legs had slowly sunken knee deep and were about to bend in the opposite direction, because he just would not let go off the tree! When my wife asked what happened: I mumbled something with my dying breath... tree...to Large! ..Extra Large...ha..ha...ha! You have to admire that even in desperation, I always try to be funny! Very Happy That's why it's named XL and it grows slowly in to it's name to. I tried to style it in my way to look like a enormous tree and that seams to have worked, so XL is fitting I think?! But give me yours and surprise me?????

Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

And yes I have been sampling my Remy Martin and chocolates again! drunken cheers cheers

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:44 am

gman wrote:Nice looking tree Hans, will you freshen up the deawood features for the show?
Nice find too.....they are tough so hopefully it will make it.
Cheers
Graham

Thanks Graham! Good question! Gives me the change to explain how I approach this styling on this particular tree. No I will not clean it to much actually. Green algae and stuff that hides importand features yes, but I like it to look as naturally weathered as possible so no bleaching or something like that. This design is my own impression of a huge distance tree, but it is a imaginary tree image non the less and for that to work (in my opinion) all natural looking part like bark, jins and shari should look as close to the truth as possible! So that the viewer, who recognizes those thing in a blink, from seeing a thousand trees in real live, feels comfortable with the image he sees in front of him. It is my believe that when you feed the viewer the right information than you can creat a image that is recognizable and believable to most, even when it is a fantasy tree like this one! With this design I want the viewer to see in one glance: how fare the image of my tree grows from where they stand and how tall it must be to look like that! And that illusion is created with open or negotive spaces in and around this tree, these open spaces are hardly noticeable in these pictures, but in 3D they will do the trick much better! After that is all established, well than (I hope) that they can better enjoy the actual impression that I am trying to convey to them, becauce they now know the facts of this tree and than they can better enjoy the fantasy and (hopefully) beauty of my tree and work! It must be a balance between natural and made up, for me that is Bonsai! But that is personal! Wink Long explanation and I hope it gives some insight in how I think and work.

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:00 am

Vance Wood wrote:Great tree and a wonderful image not typical of the image Larch present naturally. Not being critical just pointing out the obvious and wishing to illustrate that the natural form of a tree does not necessarily mean that a bonsai must conform to that image. Many trees used in bonsai under bonsai culture successfully achieve forms not common to the tree in nature. However the images they do attain look natural and believable which makes them great bonsai.

Thanks Vance! A fantasy tree that feels naturally is all that I aimed for in this case! I want to leave a impression, a feeling like the ones most off us have when the see a mighty distance tree, even though it is a fantasy tree! I cant wait to hear the reactions when (hopefully) the tree is showed for the first time next month!

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Post  gman on Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:56 am

Hans van Meer. wrote:
gman wrote:Nice looking tree Hans, will you freshen up the deawood features for the show?
Nice find too.....they are tough so hopefully it will make it.
Cheers
Graham

Thanks Graham! Good question! Gives me the change to explain how I approach this styling on this particular tree. No I will not clean it to much actually. Green algae and stuff that hides importand features yes, but I like it to look as naturally weathered as possible so no bleaching or something like that. This design is my own impression of a huge distance tree, but it is a imaginary tree image non the less and for that to work (in my opinion) all natural looking part like bark, jins and shari should look as close to the truth as possible! So that the viewer, who recognizes those thing in a blink, from seeing a thousand trees in real live, feels comfortable with the image he sees in front of him. It is my believe that when you feed the viewer the right information than you can creat a image that is recognizable and believable to most, even when it is a fantasy tree like this one! With this design I want the viewer to see in one glance: how fare the image of my tree grows from where they stand and how tall it must be to look like that! And that illusion is created with open or negotive spaces in and around this tree, these open spaces are hardly noticeable in these pictures, but in 3D they will do the trick much better! After that is all established, well than (I hope) that they can better enjoy the actual impression that I am trying to convey to them, becauce they now know the facts of this tree and than they can better enjoy the fantasy and (hopefully) beauty of my tree and work! It must be a balance between natural and made up, for me that is Bonsai! But that is personal! Wink Long explanation and I hope it gives some insight in how I think and work.

Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

Hans...... thank you for taking the time to respond ....informing us of your inner creative concepts.
I do understand the concept and the vision ...... perhaps I see it from a distance too but on a sunny day in which the deadwood appears ghostly white tinted with grey and shadows.......my images are founded on spending over 37 years exploring the local mountains and rich pacific northwest ecosystems that abound with such ancient forests..... Very Happy
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Post  DangerousBry on Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:57 am

Hello Hans;

This is one of those trees that I find inspirational. Definitely worth some out of breath exercise down the mountain!!

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NOELANDERS TROPHY EXHIBITION.E

Post  abcd on Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:23 am

Hello,
this tree will be exhibited at NOELANDRES TROPHY with wires?
I don't know if it is a problem, the tree is very beautifull, but i know that the selection off trees is realized only with photographies , but do you have ask the question to Marc NOELANDERS ?

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Post  Guest on Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:40 am

Hi Hans

I can't see your picture....insteadt will I look forward to see your tree live at "Noelanders".....I bring two shohin of own breed Smile

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Post  Sakaki on Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:40 am

Hans van Meer. wrote:
Sakaki wrote:
Hans van Meer. wrote:


Oh god! This is another masterpiece that needs & deserves a name as we did for Tony's dragon Smile
(May I suggest one?)
It is great tree!!!

Best wishes
Taner

Hi Taner, you do me to much honor sire.....please do go on!!!! Very Happy You can always suggest a name, I am curious what you see in my tree?....But it already has a name, XL as in extra Large! That is the name I came upp with when I had to carry it down a with meltwater soaked mountain side and realized that I had saved to much off a rootbal to be carried by just one person! Especially because that one person, that was in line for a lower back operation, his legs had slowly sunken knee deep and were about to bend in the opposite direction, because he just would not let go off the tree! When my wife asked what happened: I mumbled something with my dying breath... tree...to Large! ..Extra Large...ha..ha...ha! You have to admire that even in desperation, I always try to be funny! Very Happy That's why it's named XL and it grows slowly in to it's name to. I tried to style it in my way to look like a enormous tree and that seams to have worked, so XL is fitting I think?! But give me yours and surprise me?????

Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

And yes I have been sampling my Remy Martin and chocolates again! drunken cheers cheers

Smile
Actually I didn't know that you named it XL. I thought you've been using those letters to express its size only Smile
Anyway, I would offer you "X-Larch" instead of "X-Large" Very Happy

Take care & good luck in competition!
Taner

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