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Re: Rare Fall Color

Post  William N. Valavanis on Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:10 pm

As a follow up to my last post, I thought I'd share a few developmental photos of the Chinese elm forest bonsai. Some of the photos are from my 40th Year Commemorative Album (2003) and I'm now working on my 50th Year Commemorative Album which will be published next year at the International Bonsai Colloquium in June 2013. A special exhibit of some of my finest bonsai creations during the past half century will be part of the educational activity and will feature Ryan Neil, Kathy Shaner, Dave DeGroot, Dennis Makishima and Peter Warren. Watch for details.

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Re: Rare Fall Color

Post  Sam Ogranaja on Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:24 pm

Wonderful progression Bill!!!! I can't wait to come to the National Bonsai Exhibit this year. It'll be a heck of a drive but I hear, quite worth it.

Have a great weekend!!!
Sam

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:44 pm

Great photos Bill, Interesting how some elm are red and the others different colors. We can't compare to tree fall color here, but then again no zone envy on my part. cat


Sam Ogranaja wrote:Wonderful progression Bill!!!! I can't wait to come to the National Bonsai Exhibit this year. It'll be a heck of a drive but I hear, quite worth it.
Sam

Long drive, shoot Sam, it takes me 10 hours just to get to where you live! bounce

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Re: Rare Fall Color

Post  Stephen Krall on Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:48 pm

Rob Kempinski wrote:

This USDA web page has this description http://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/pubs/leaves/leaves.shtm

"A succession of warm, sunny days and cool, crisp but not freezing nights seems to bring about the most spectacular color displays. During these days, lots of sugars are produced in the leaf but the cool nights and the gradual closing of veins going into the leaf prevent these sugars from moving out. These conditions-lots of sugar and lots of light-spur production of the brilliant anthocyanin pigments, which tint reds, purples, and crimson. Because carotenoids are always present in leaves, the yellow and gold colors remain fairly constant from year to year. "
So it sounds like placing them in a greenhouse would encourage this environment - try it again some time and see if it repeats.

This is interesting. I was not aware of this, but it make sense and explains why colors are earlier and more vibrant in the north than what we have here in the south. Our temprature diferentcials in Eastern Virginia between night and day are less dramatic than they are in say New England, or the mountians of NC. However this year our color was very Vibrant and some of my bonsai that had not produced good color in years past went very Red. The color yellow has never been much of a problem here.

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Post  Sam Ogranaja on Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:28 pm

Rob Kempinski wrote:Great photos Bill, Interesting how some elm are red and the others different colors. We can't compare to tree fall color here, but then again no zone envy on my part. cat


Sam Ogranaja wrote:Wonderful progression Bill!!!! I can't wait to come to the National Bonsai Exhibit this year. It'll be a heck of a drive but I hear, quite worth it.
Sam

Long drive, shoot Sam, it takes me 10 hours just to get to where you live! bounce

I know. Google maps has me at 11 hours drive. How do artists deliver their trees there? I know Boon was there from CA. Did he make the drive or ship the trees?

Rob, if you come up here, lunch is on me. Smile

Have a great weekend everyone!!!!
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Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:56 pm

Sam Ogranaja wrote:

I know. Google maps has me at 11 hours drive. How do artists deliver their trees there? I know Boon was there from CA. Did he make the drive or ship the trees?

Rob, if you come up here, lunch is on me. Smile

Have a great weekend everyone!!!!
Sam

Sam,

Various means to get trees to Rochester (it's not the most central part of America Shocked )
In the past I rented a large van and personally drove a load of various Florida trees to the exhibition. Gas alone was over $500 each trip. Other vans made the trip from Florida too. This year I'll probably just take my SUV to save cost. It's a full 2 day drive - 1,400 miles each way.
As for the west coast trees, Bill can respond but he has arranged for them to be transported in a large refrigerated truck. Those guys face a two week process to pick up the trees, show them and then return them. That's what makes a national exhibition tough for the USA and why it so far it has had a predominately North East US flavor. Still there were great trees as the album Bill puts out attests.




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Post  William N. Valavanis on Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:58 pm

The US National Bonsai Exhibition, is not an East Coast Show, nor is it a New York Show, it is exactly what the name says The US National Bonsai Exhibition. Last year we had 226 bonsai representing 22 states. It's interesting to note that 327 photos of bonsai were submitted for the selection process.

Additionally, there were 124 DIFFERENT species and cultivars, that's quite a variety. There were 26 shohin bonsai compositions representing 91 individual specimens.

How did we get there rees here? Exhibitors took it upon themselves to drive most of the specimens to and from Rochester. Others joined and brought bonsai together. And, we had a truck drive from Portland to Seattle, Montana and Colorado to bring bonsai too.

This time professional bonsai artists, Ryan Neil from OR and Peter Warren from England will be driving a refrigerated truck from the West Coast to Rochester and will be picking up bonsai along the way. This is no simple feat and requires professional bonsai handlers, plus lots of money. Approximately $6,000 is necessary for this trip alone and it's made possible by generous sponsors and donors who want the quality and recognition of American bonsai to improve. Also there are two additional trucks full of bonsai from Northern and Southern California being organized, but not confirmed yet.

If you would like to support the growth, appreciation and improvement of the art, please consider a contribution to this worthwhile event and be part of creating the history of bonsai in the United States.
Bill


Truck full of bonsai from the West Coast being unloaded for the 2nd US National Bonsai Exhibition in June 2010.


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Re: Rare Fall Color

Post  Rob Kempinski on Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:18 am

William N. Valavanis wrote:

Truck full of bonsai from the West Coast being unloaded for the 2nd US National Bonsai Exhibition in June 2010.


Thanks for the details Bill. It is a massive undertaking, and note the Washington state license plate on the truck. Mapquest says Seattle, WA to Rochester, NY is 2,650 miles. That's a long way and doesn't factor side trips to various cities to pick up trees. That's like driving from Kuwait City to Brussels, Belgium.

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Re: Rare Fall Color

Post  MIKEB on Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:05 pm

Rob, do you have a picture of the elm when you first started on it? If so I would be interested in seeing it.

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