Bonsai perfection. Kumquat bonsai are often shohin, though this one appears a little larger (no dimensions are given). Luis Vallejo provides the following information with this tree: Fortunella hindsii Kumquat, By Nobuichi Urushibata, Taishoen. Luis Vallejo Bonsai Garden, Photo Miguel Krause. Taishoen is Nobuichi's bonsai nursery in Japan.
Luis is an accomplished bonsai artist and the owner of Museo de Bonsai Acalanes in Spain. Fortunella hindsii Kumquat, is of course the type tree, with the Fortunalla hindsii being the smallest of the Kumquats.
Today we've got some favorites from our very own facebook page for you. Stay tuned for more as this year approaches its grand finale.
This is a Japanese white pine, aka Japanese five needle pine, Goyomatsu, Pinus parviflora. Masahiko Kimura (The Magician) is the artist.
This Japanese maple is from the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama, Japan.
Nice pine with a dramatic exposed root and well aged bark. It's from Hong Kong Bonsai Pots. No variety is mentioned.
This one is a Rocky mountain juniper by Todd Schlafer. We love finding trees that have been worked on by multiple artists and students. Here's Todd's comment with this one: Recently worked on by Ralph Padilla, then @tommylee and I worked on it during his recent visit.
Another great Rocky mountain juniper by Todd Schlafer. Todd is a rising star in our bonsai world and has become a regular here at Stone Lantern since we discovered him a few years ago.
In Todd's words: I wasn’t sure exactly how this tree would look when we started designing it, but I knew it was going to be special. I love how this tree turned out with the collaboration and input from students.
Pure joy in tree form. This is, of course, a Japanese maple by the inimitable Walter Pall.
Finest Tropical Bonsai from the 5th U.S. National Bonsai Exposition. The tree is a Tiger bark Ficus (Ficus microcarpa) by Hoe Chuah. Photo taken by Oscer Jonker of Bonsai Empire.
This Japanese white pine was posted by Bjorn Bjorholm (Eisei-en Bonsai). From the artist: Field-grown in Japan and imported to the U.S, this chuuhin-size JWP is grown on its own roots and possesses soft, feminine foliage, characteristic of the species.
Here's a famous Kimura planting that has spawned numerous copycats. The trees are Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa).