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Post  Karl Thier on Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:08 pm

Hi Bonsai friends, this Larix decidua was collected in 2003 in Austria. 2009, the first time styled, now I have re styled, I gave her the name "Head of Medusa".

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Post  Neil Jaeger on Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:39 pm

Nice tree. Hope to see pictures in the spring.

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Post  martin kolacia on Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:59 pm

uau ......im fascinated...... Ich gratuliere Sie Smile

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Post  Guest on Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:00 pm

I've said it before Karl, and I'll say it again. Wow...Top trees Very Happy

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Post  rexman on Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:13 pm

I very much like the trunk movement. How long has it been in training?

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Post  moyogijohn on Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:05 am

Very good work!! you waited a long time for the first styleing..hope the first picture will be the front...take care john

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Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:48 am

I like your tree! Lovely! Very Happy
Todd

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Post  fM on Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:48 am

wow awesome tree! very good work!.
regards...

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Post  Karl Thier on Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:06 am

Thank you for your compliments bonsai friends. Embarassed

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Post  RichLewis on Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:12 pm

Love it- except for the jinned root on the left. It looks a little like the tree is tipping to the right, like the left side of the nebari has been lifted from the soil. It's just an optical illusion, I think if you remove that piece of deadwood it will stabilise the image of the tree.

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:31 pm

It's turned me to stone!

Nice job. And here is a case where a rule is broken (first branch to the rear) but still looks good.

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Post  Budi Sulistyo on Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:58 pm

Hi Karl,

Very nice! Congratulation.

Budi

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Post  Pola on Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:26 pm

It's beautiful!!! I wonder if larch can survive in the tropic...? scratch

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:22 pm

Pola wrote:! I wonder if larch can survive in the tropic...? scratch

Not unless you invest in a lighted freezer. Laughing

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Post  Guest on Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:51 pm

Rob Kempinski wrote:It's turned me to stone!

Nice job. And here is a case where a rule is broken (first branch to the rear) but still looks good.

Rules? I personally don't agree AT ALL with rules in bonsai. They stifle artistic impression and create boring, regimented bonsai. The branch in question pierces the negative space and gives the tree excellent depth.

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:30 pm

will baddeley wrote:
Rob Kempinski wrote:It's turned me to stone!

Nice job. And here is a case where a rule is broken (first branch to the rear) but still looks good.

Rules? I personally don't agree AT ALL with rules in bonsai. They stifle artistic impression and create boring, regimented bonsai. The branch in question pierces the negative space and gives the tree excellent depth.

Rules are guidelines but I am certain you follow rules whether you recognize it or not.

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Post  mike page on Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:34 pm

haiku

METAMORPHOSIS

MEDUSA TRANSFORMATION

A BONSAI LEGEND


mp

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Post  ogie on Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:42 pm

Rob Kempinski wrote:
will baddeley wrote:
Rob Kempinski wrote:It's turned me to stone!

Nice job. And here is a case where a rule is broken (first branch to the rear) but still looks good.

Rules? I personally don't agree AT ALL with rules in bonsai. They stifle artistic impression and create boring, regimented bonsai. The branch in question pierces the negative space and gives the tree excellent depth.

Rules are guidelines but I am certain you follow rules whether you recognize it or not.

I agree with Rob on this one...When designing a tree,we do always put this in our mind before any work is being done.But like this one tree has great outlook to it.
Regards,
Alex


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Post  Guest on Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:53 pm

Maybe I was a bit vague here. Young trees tend to conform to rules governed by genetics and form of species, but as they get old this is less evident. I have seen too many teachers stick to the rules and turn a quite interesting students tree into something lacking in character and branches. Having taught bonsai for ten years or so, the message I try to get across is to go with your feelings,good balance, form and a story about that particular tree. this is certainly more necessary with old collected material. Sorry Rob I did sound a bit pompous.

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Post  Karl Thier on Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:28 pm

mike page wrote: haiku

METAMORPHOSIS

MEDUSA TRANSFORMATION

A BONSAI LEGEND


mp

Mike, in fact these larch has made since the first styling one METAMORPHOSIS,
I have this larch a bit changed more .
Now you can see the tree trunk and move better when the larch get their leaves.

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:58 am

Karl Thier wrote:in fact these larch has made since the first styling one METAMORPHOSIS,
I have this larch a bit changed more .
Now you can see the tree trunk and move better when the larch get their leaves.

Karl,

bold choice to eliminate the first few branches. It works though, the tree looks older and captures the image of a mature tree better in the new mode. The simpler style is more dramatic too. Good call.

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Post  Lee Brindley on Sat Dec 18, 2010 5:52 pm

Excellent! I love it. Very Happy

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