Winter Silhouette 2022 – Awards and Critique


As soon as once more, I do know there weren’t any formal awards, however I get pleasure from including my very own even. The classes are as follows: 1st, 2nd, and third place, Greatest Shohin, American Bonsai, and my private favourite.

1st Place: Catlin Elm – Ellen Keneshea

catlin elm bonsai display forest
  • This tree impressed me extra each time I handed it. I really like the trail by the center of the 2 proper tree trunks. It relays the concept that there’s a path incessantly travelled between the bushes.
  • Adverse area makes this tree a better high quality, and actually exhibits in a silhouette present with none leaves to cover that distinction. Adverse area is the place you see no branching, and may see the background behind the branching. That is a part of the steadiness that’s struck to form and outline the bushes aesthetics. Much less destructive area give an aesthetic of abundance and extra of a full really feel to the tree. Extra destructive area exhibits a separation between the objects and may depict age. On this case exhibits a separation of the dominant tree in comparison with its youthful counterparts.
  • One of the crucial necessary facets of forest creation is using completely different heights, completely different planes, completely different angles, and completely different trunk thickness. This makes use of all of them. You’ll be able to’t see properly from a 2D picture, however a prime down view of the tree would present branches and trunks in all angles, and the trunks resemble what would occur naturally. The trunks on the left actually lean away from the shade of the bigger important trunk and the trunk on the precise does as properly.

2nd Place: Shishiohime Japanese Maple – Ed Clark

japanese maple shishohime display bonsai silhouette
  • We don’t see a whole lot of Japanese maples in Southern California, and even fewer of this high quality.
  • The crimson branches distinction vastly with the inexperienced bark, brilliant inexperienced moss, and earthy tones of the pot. That is superior for a winter silhouette and it confirmed out.
  • I’ll be sincere, I’m unsure what it’s precisely that makes me love this tree a lot. It has good destructive area to point out age within the branching, the branches are properly ramified (can’t inform as properly from the picture), and realizing the problem of cultivating this make me select it for 2nd place. (Ed Clark isn’t precisely in Southern California, extra just like the Central Valley, however I’m impressed nonetheless.)

third Place: Ume – Tom Lau

ume bonsai display flowering
  • The presentation of this tree is what makes it spectacular to me. The blue pot with flowers on the pot, inexperienced moss as a distinction, and the profuse flowering on this ume (Japanese apricot) are beautiful. This stuff mixed with a superb suiseki on a stand make an excellent presentation.
  • On this design and critique of a ginkgo I speak about how beautiful options in bushes overshadow imperfections in what we sometimes search for in bonsai. You see that on this tree. The branching isn’t extremely manicured or displaying vital destructive area, there isn’t a properly outlined decrease department or typical apex, however none of that issues partially as a result of ume has a unique focus basically to show, and in addition as a result of the presentation is so spot on.

Greatest Shohin: Cork Bark Elm – Steve Valentine

corkbark chinese elm bonsai display shohin
  • TO proceed on the theme of presentation, this shohin combo is superior and makes use of the colour contrasts properly. The pot colours not solely look good with a naked tree, however can be killer with the some yellow fall shade Chinese language elm foliage. The orange suiseki provides one other shade to distinction the pot and moss.
  • The tree silhouette has a superb asymmetrical form with the decrease left department being held again from reaching the skin of the silhouette which removes a possible for a symmetrical form.

The Class I Change Each 12 months: Chinese language Elm – Mary Morrissey

chinese elm exposed root bonsai display silhouette
  • I’ve no class title for this, however needed to suit this tree in. It is a nice execution of uncovered roots on a Chinese language elm. Uncovered roots are sometimes not my favourite kinds, however I feel that is fairly elegant and flows properly into the pure curvature of the tree.
  • The tree is properly ramified and has good destructive area with many ranging angles, lengths, and thicknesses.

My Private Favourite: Zelkova – Peter Macasieb

shohin display peter macasieb
  • I added a photograph under so that you can see the main points on the Zelkova.
  • One thing in regards to the longer than wanted pot attracts my consideration and by some means each intrigues me and is off placing on the identical time.
  • I really like how properly this was grown from seed by Peter. It has pure branching that’s almost equivalent to a zelkova when it assumes its pure development within the floor, and rounds out into an excellent silhouette of a deciduous tree.
  • Its exhausting to inform from these images, however the branches are properly positioned, and go in all instructions.
  • I’d like to see this with crimson fall shade in opposition to that yellow pot.
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I actually liked this present this yr, and I’m excited to take part in it hopefully this coming yr.



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