Rajaji National Park – the hidden pains of Wildlife Protection

Originally posted on Off the beaten track …:
Van Gujjars are pastoral nomads inhabiting the Himalayan foothills in the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. ?During the summer months they migrate to the grasslands (bugyals) in the upper Himalayas with their herds of buffaloes. At the end of the monsoons, as the winter sets in, they migrate down to the terrai foothills to… Continue reading Rajaji National Park – the hidden pains of Wildlife Protection

Using Accessory Plantings For Displaying Bonsai

Valavanis Bonsai Blog This blog was written to answer a question for a member of the Bonsai Nut Forum who asked about my display comments. I wrote too much for the answer and thought others might find my personal thoughts interesting. Enjoy! Accessory plantings are commonly used to accompany bonsai on display for many reasons. They can complete the visual story the artist is trying to … Continue reading Using Accessory Plantings For Displaying Bonsai

Designing Bonsai Displays For The Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo

Valavanis Bonsai Blog Oto Hime Japanese Maple for display I spent all afternoon designing my three displays for the Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo next weekend in Kannapolis, NC. There is more than picking out a tree, table, wiping them off and hauling them to a show. Much more for me, which takes basic fundamental display knowledge, taste and considerable time. Plus you need to get … Continue reading Designing Bonsai Displays For The Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo

A Visit To Tokoname – Home To World Famous Bonsai Containers

Valavanis Bonsai Blog Tokoname is one of the six old Japanese kilns which have continued to support Japanese living for over 1,000 years.  Tea pots and sewer pipes are the most famous items crafted and produced in the city of Tokoname, a bit south of Nagoya, Japan. Of course, most of the high-quality bonsai containers are also made here, but these pots are not the … Continue reading A Visit To Tokoname – Home To World Famous Bonsai Containers

A visit To Shunka-en Bonsai Museum

Valavanis Bonsai Blog Last week we visited the museum of bonsai artist Kunio Kobayashi in Tokyo. He had just returned from a convention in Viet Nam, but he still had the energy to welcome our group with his wife and curator of his museum, Jin Yasufumi. Each time I visit this museum garden Mr. Kobayashi adds something new, a small garden display, new growing area … Continue reading A visit To Shunka-en Bonsai Museum

A visit To Shunka-en Bonsai Museum

Valavanis Bonsai Blog Last week we visited the museum of bonsai artist Kunio Kobayashi in Tokyo. He had just returned from a convention in Viet Nam, but he still had the energy to welcome our group with his wife and curator of his museum, Jin Yasufumi. Each time I visit this museum garden Mr. Kobayashi adds something new, a small garden display, new growing area … Continue reading A visit To Shunka-en Bonsai Museum