Why Do Trees Live a Long Time? – A Reflection about Age


portrait 2After turning half a century this week, I was reflecting on the subject of age.  “Half a Century” sounds very old to us humans but when you think about it, relative to old things, fifty (50) years is practically just a small blip in the time radar.   Okay I maybe just making myself feel good here, you say.  I admit, there’s a little bit of that, but fortunately  I do have my bonsai trees to keep me in perspective.  The oldest one in my collection is 300 plus years old.  Compared to that tree, I feel like a baby.   I do feel great! I do take care of myself  “most of the time” but I’m not a tree.  So I started asking a question of what makes a tree live long?  Google has the answer:

“the retention of stem-cell-like meristematic cells after each growth cycle; the ability to replace non-vigorous, lost, or damaged organs, both above and below ground, in the presence or…

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My Month Viewing Mirai Live

Bonsai Eejit

I’ve had the pleasure of watching the first four Tuesday Live Stream events on Mirai Live.com and thought it was time to deliver my thoughts on what I found.

Ryan, and the Mirai Team (I now feel I know you all from my online lurking 🙂 ) gave me access to the Tier 3 level of the stream back on the 14th March allowing me to view, chat, watch and learn from one of the best bonsai teachers in the Western world.

Folks, this is without doubt the biggest shift in recent times in bonsai learning. No longer are you tied to your geographical location when seeking advice and knowledge. No longer do you need to attend a workshop to learn specific techniques. This is the best single location option for learning there is, and it’s delivered in a well thought out, well structured, high quality production available onto your computer…

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Quercus Faginea

rené becerril

I have been always captivated by old oak trees; their craggy bark and their winter silhouette are aspects that I find so special in this species. This together with the fact that my second surname “Robles” means oak in Spanish make this one of my favorite tree species.

I wrote a previous post were I show a picture of a 850 year old splendid oak. I think by looking at this picture you will now why this tree species captivate me so much.

image 850 year old oak by the town of Waldau in the Black Forest, Germany

After acquiring my first couple of bonsais, mostly pines, and after seeing a very famous oak bonsai from the Alcobendas Bonsai Museum of Madrid Collection, the wish to have an oak in my collection grew bigger.

In 2015 I started looking for a good quality specimen but it wasn´t until I went to the Noelanders Trophy…

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Cape Vultures killed at wind farms

Hermanus Bird Club

IMG_2151 Cape Vulture near De Hoop Reserve – R Hazell

 Johannesburg, 6 April 2017: African’s vultures are in trouble. Most old-world vultures (vultures found in Africa, Europe, and Asia) have faced severe population declines and are on the edge of extinction. The Cape Vulture is found only in southern Africa, which means that South Africa has a special responsibility to protect this species. This vulture was recently up-listed from “Vulnerable” to “Endangered”, and the species faces numerous threats including poisoning and collisions with and electrocution on powerlines. Scientists predict that increased temperatures associated with global climate change may also negatively impact Cape Vultures. Ironically, a major part of our strategy to minimize climate change – wind energy – may pose a new threat to these endangered birds.

“It is with great sadness that we share news of the first Cape Vultures fatalities as a result of collisions with wind turbines”…

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