This beautiful Ponderosa pine tree is from a collector in Hungary. More than likely collected from the wild and styled into the natural look it has here. Each branch has been
wired to achieve a slightly 'windswept' appearance of a tree battling against the elements. The photo was taken back in 2009 so, I would think that the majority of the wire has been removed.
I have to admit that my first encounter with bonsai was with a 'seed kit'! A Japanese Black Pine to be precise, the picture on the box is reminiscent of this photo. In the box were nine seeds, two plastic pots, one for germinating the seeds
and the other (a mini bonsai pot) for transplanting the 'tree' into, along with some compost.
Anyway, after 4 years of impatiently waiting for the 'bonsai'
to appear, I was left staring at a 'pencil thick' stick in a pot with three branches which were about tooth-pick thickness! One is still alive, at 22 years old, with friends Jersey, C.I., it actually looks 'interesting' is probably the only way to describe
As long as you have a good life-span in front of you the starting from seed 'can' be rewarding, it depends on what you want from bonsai I suppose.....Each
to their own!