Tree Prep for the National Show-

michael hagedorn

This is a small Rocky Mountain Juniper which its owner has nicknamed ‘Twisty.’ We were joking that this is not unlike calling your cat ‘Kitty’… simple, obvious, and hard to forget.

I collected this tree years ago and have the joy of continuing to work on it occasionally-

IMG_3814 ‘Twisty’, the Rocky Mountain Juniper undergoing a bit of primping, sweet talking, and coddling this past week, in preparation for the National Show in early September.

DSC_0696 After primping session. (Same light, different camera…) Pot is a Chinese antique, nakawatari, roughly 150 years old. Juniper antique, North American, roughly 250 years old.

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Stuck between a rock and a bonsai

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

Where’s my chisel?I’m thinking that this tree needs to be in this rock. What about you?

It’ll fit. I’m sure of it. Maybe.I have experience putting big things into small places……

I know how to work my tool.That, my friends, is a DEWALT 4 1/2 Inch Compact Small Angle Grinder – 11 Amp, 11,000 RPM, Paddle Switch, Model DWE402 sporting a 4″ diamond impregnated stone/concrete grinding cup wheel. Do not use while consuming alcoholic beverage or without ear, eye, and breathing protection!!!Jeans or leather pants are a must as well. I prefer leather cuz I’m a rockstar. Ride the snake, baby. To the lake.

Fifteen minutes later…….It’s like the 1980’s all over again…..

Let it snow, let it snow.

Fifteen minutes earlier……We had a rock. The rock is what some people call Florida cap stone or cap rock, it’s a type of limestone, oolitic…

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Shorebirds in pictures

Cape Sable Birding

Sat watching the rain running down the window panes, heavy blatter by the Rain Gods scale (see Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy triology, book four I think), I started to look through my shorebird photos from Nova Scotia, all taken in 2015. I do this from time to time so that I can make a mental note of what I’d like to have a better photo of, a mental note that I then lose along with shopping instructions and turning off the heater in the bathroom after a shower.

After perusal, I thought to stick them here, and why not, when those virtually unbirdable wet days come along we have to amuse ourselves somehow. Then, I thought, why not expand it to include all the shorebirds you’ve seen and photographed in North America, so I did and here it is. This post is obviously more for those who just like…

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You can become a twitcher on Thursday

Hermanus Bird Club

By John Bowman

Just over a month ago, a story was posted to our website about a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Rooistert-wipstert), seen at Zeekoevlei, the first time this bird has ever been seen in South Africa.

_MG_5217 The Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Rooistert-wipstert) at Zeekoevlei, photographed by John Bowman.

Are we twitchers? Well, sort of. Sheelagh and I don’t travel vast distances to tick off new birds, but if we’re in the area where a rarity has been seen, we’ll have a good go at trying to find it.

Luckily we were in Cape Town for a function a few weeks ago, and managed to find the bird quite easily. However, the first time we saw it, in my excitement my photos were terrible. The next day we got it again, but my camera battery was flat.

We were in Cape Town again this last weekend, and I was determined to get a…

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