We've got some great photos from Bonsai Mirai for your enjoyment today. If you don't know Mirai, a bright spot for North American bonsai beauty, now is a good time for your introduction.
All of today's photos were borrowed from Ryan Neil's Bonsai Mirai on FB. However what you see here is merely the tip, and I strongly encourage you to visit Mirai and avail yourself to the wealth of valuable bonsai insights and endless supply of great photos you'll find there (scroll down for links).
At the risk of stating the obvious, the attention to detail and particularly the integration of bonsai and architecture is as good as you'll find anywhere.
This year has been amazingly good for irises here in northern Vermont, and it looks like perhaps the same is true of northwestern Oregon.
This photo and next are from a Mirai feature on refining larches.
The following is a quote from Ryan Neil. For the whole story visit Bonsai Mirai (links below). "Watering is the most fundamental and crucial technique to master in cultivating bonsai. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most elusive and misunderstood, with a copious amount of confounding advice out there about when and why we water. At Mirai, we always seek to ask ourselves the ‘Why’ behind every interaction we have with our trees to ensure we address their individual needs rather than the hearsay of commonly accepted practices."
Mirai specializes in yamadori* and yamadori specializes in deadwood.
*Yamadori are bonsai collected in the wild.
All of today's photos were borrowed from Ryan Neil's Bonsai Mirai on Facebook. Some were posted with captions and others were not. Because of their simple beauty (and time considerations), we are not including most of the captions. However, I strongly encourage you to visit Mirai and avail yourself to the wealth of valuable bonsai insights, not to mention the endless supply of great photos you'll find there.
Bonsai Mirai on FB
Bonsai Mirai website
Bonsai Mirai on Bonsai Bark