It’s really difficult to know which images to pick for the esteemed art of growing Bonsai trees as they are, without exception, utterly beautiful. However, I’ve tried to stick to my favorites. Just when the art of cultivating mini trees began is a matter of conjecture, with myths claiming some trees have been discovered three and a half thousand years old. More frequent are some venerable and majestic examples alive today said to be at least a thousand. There is only documentation to support anything from 500 years to the present. Their longevity is legendary, so to begin with, I’ll share the grand old masterpieces of a rumored thousand.
Recently, a Japanese artist, Takanori Aiba, has been taking the concept of Bonsai further, and adding his own miniature structures to them. You’d think they would detract, but to general wonderment, his art enhances quite exquisitely. It’s just fantastical.
Even so, left to their own sculptural and organic devices, any single Bonsai speaks eloquently alone. I’d not seen fruiting or blooming ones before I began researching them, but they are incredible, as are autumnal and winter versions: