What’s Happening in Oakland, CA This Weekend?

Originally posted on Michael Hagedorn:
The Pacific Bonsai Expo! This week our Shore Pine display for the Expo—co-created by architect Erich Raudebaugh—reached final tweak stage: adjusting the tree, stand, and accent, building wooden boxes to go on John Eads truck, loading up trees for Andrew Robson’s sales table, and wondering how likely all the moving parts would align in Oakland at the same time. Masaki… Continue reading What’s Happening in Oakland, CA This Weekend?

Bunjin Part IV—Choosing Material

Originally posted on Michael Hagedorn:
In this part let’s discuss some bunjin nuts and bolts. Ideally, what are we looking for in a bunjin? a thin trunk little to no taper a trunk line that engages age high branches short branches What do we NOT need when scoping out trees? though pine is the quintessential bunjin, just about anything can be bunjin nebari And while nice… Continue reading Bunjin Part IV—Choosing Material

Photo Gallery: Pacific Bonsai Expo ‘22

Originally posted on Michael Hagedorn:
I hope, after seeing these 40 photos, that you feel like you were there, with us, in Oakland, California, last weekend. My thanks to Vince Smith for the use of his shots- Three big cheers to Jonas Dupuich, Eric Schrader, and their team for putting on one of the most beautiful bonsai shows I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend.… Continue reading Photo Gallery: Pacific Bonsai Expo ‘22

Shore Pine Display at Pacific Bonsai Expo ‘22

Originally posted on Michael Hagedorn:
This one needs some explanation. It was another of my vague ideas that needed reinforcements to execute. In late spring my friend Erich and I took stock of this Shore Pine, which at the time was attached to a metal post. It’d been styled a few years back. “So. I want to make a moveable stand for this. Also metal.” I… Continue reading Shore Pine Display at Pacific Bonsai Expo ‘22

Psychologically, the Perceiver is not separate from the Perceived

Originally posted on Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog:
When one looks at a tree, one isn’t composed of chlorophyll and bark but the image of the tree is not separate from what one is. Of course, if one is compassionate, one may see the tree not merely as a thing but as a wonderful, precious living presence that one is not separate from.… Continue reading Psychologically, the Perceiver is not separate from the Perceived

Consciousness… just a Sequence of Patterns?…

Originally posted on Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog:
— Happy Thanksgiving! — To a great extent, the perceiver is not (psychologically) separate from the perceived. If we go through life merely as a sequence of patterns (i.e., from one set of fragmentary psychological patterns to another… which is time), then are we truly living as a bona fide whole? It may be that… Continue reading Consciousness… just a Sequence of Patterns?…