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Author:  Editorial Staff [ Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:32 am ]
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Tree Philosophy 1-4
by Peter Krebs


There are many facets to the appreciation of a bonsai. The place where the tree is situated, the pot in which it stands, the accent plant, the stone or the scroll that finish the overall picture. Here's an attempt to underline the dignity of a tree with words.


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Like a crane's dance,
as if it was not rooted,
a noble pine bunjin.

Starting with the knowledge
that a life is not enough,
in designing a bunin
the master strives for the essential
by omitting the marginal.
- Peter Krebs

BONSAI MASTERPIECE BY WALTER PALL
Mountain pine (Pinus mugo)
Collected by Wolfgang Käflein in Germany in 1985.
Over 100 years old, height 60 cm.
Pot: Peter Krebs
Photograph: Walter Pall





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The old pine
as if it had forgotten time
resting in itself.


The pot, red from the high firing, symbolizes a protective garden wall. The old pine stands in it like an old samurai whose Katana has been rendered useless by the patina of time. The weathered wood, only showing traces of life, reaches out bizarrely to the viewer, as if to show him something.

BONSAI MASTERPIECE BY WALTER PALL
Mountain pine (Pinus mugo)
Collected in Italy in 1999. Probably over 200 years old, height 80 cm.
This tree won a Ginkgo Award in 2005.
Pot: Derek Aspinall
Photograph: Walter Pall





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True grandeur, space in the minuscule
past, present, future
trailing away in the branchlets.

Should I describe this tree
I would have to go a long way, talk about
the scent of spring
the colours of the summer
the cry of the wild goose in autumn
the taste of snowy air in the winter
the feeling of being
in a timeless time.
- Peter Krebs

BONSAI MASTERPIECE BY WALTER PALL
Mountain pine (pinus mugo)
Height: 15 cm
Pot: Peter Krebs
Photograph: Walter Pall





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Where they still can be found
a lovely light falls on the cheerful mind
linden trees in the village centre.
- Peter Krebs

BONSAI MASTERPIECE BY WALTER PALL
Large-leaf linden (Tilia platyphyllos)
Height: 80 cm, collected in Germany
Pot: Derek Aspinall
Photograph: Walter Pall





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Translation: Stefan Ulrich
Republished with permission of the author.

Author:  Editorial Staff [ Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tree Philosophy 1-4

The above piece by Peter Krebs has inspired us to invite our readers to answer in kind by selecting a tree, writing a short something to go with it, and posting it here for all to enjoy.

We look forward to your participation!

Author:  Carl Bergstrom [ Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tree Philosophy 1-4

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Yet before the thaw,
They venture up through the snow
With faith in the Spring.


Siberian Scillia (Scillia sibirica)
Pot: Horst Heinzlreiter
Photograph: Carl Bergstrom



Click on the image for a full-size version.


Best regards,
Carl

Author:  Ana Veler [ Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tree Philosophy 1-4

Words of the arts grasp
The preservation of life
Contained within reach.


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Author:  Mike Page [ Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:21 pm ]
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RUGGED MOUNTAIN TREE
GRANDEUR OF ANTIQUITY
CHERISH THE VISION

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Author:  Ana Veler [ Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:09 pm ]
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Mike Page wrote:
RUGGED MOUNTAIN TREE
GRANDEUR OF ANTIQUITY
CHERISH THE VISION



A vision cherished
By the time growing future
Between hands and pine


[PS. Are haiku still being made to fit one after another?]

Author:  Mike Page [ Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:56 pm ]
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LIVING IN THE NOW
THE FUTURE IS BUT A DREAM
BONSAI IN MY HEART

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Author:  Peter Krebs [ Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:10 pm ]
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Hello Carl,

for somebody uninitiated your arrangement is an accent plant. For knowing people it is a key to the soul.

Pot, plant and poem are a just perfect unit and touch the center of the soul. In this spirit your accent plant is at eye level with a valuable bonsai.

Owning the plant or the bonsai is not the important thing but the gut feeling while viewing it. It makes butterflies fly, it is not worth a lot of money, but it is precious.

Best regards
Peter

Author:  Peter Krebs [ Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:13 pm ]
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Hello dear Ana,

a very fine haiku, accompanied by a photograph it would be even nicer.
I agree with you that a haiku must be consistent in itself, but it is more important that it is touching.

My verses are not created considering the aspect of haiku, but the hand has written what the soul thought. It is just like music, everybody feels it differently, but everything belongs to the song of the earth and all songs want to be sung.

Best regards
Peter

Author:  Peter Krebs [ Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:31 pm ]
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Hello Mike,

everything written above is your dream, too.

We have only few means to touch each other's soul, but bonsai is one of them.
You are a good conductor.

Best regards
Peter

Author:  Walter Pall [ Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:14 am ]
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Ana,

you, like everybody here, can take any image form my gallery (go to the supershots section) and post it here.

WP

Author:  Ana Veler [ Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:07 pm ]
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Peter, I am afraid there was a technical glitch involved that made the picture disappear from my post, not any reasoned choice at all. [will take care of it asap - there should have been a collage there; I do not have the file at hand]

About Haiku exchange - the dialogue is what got me interested in the little poems; possibly also the 'free riding' on the precursor too... commentary is easier, for whatever reason. Not at all opposed to trying it another way, sure enough.


[Edited to add: Done with the picture.]

Author:  Mike Page [ Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:09 pm ]
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IMAGINATION
A JOURNEY WITHIN THE MIND
A SOUL DISCOVERED

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Author:  Ana Veler [ Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:22 pm ]
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Walter Pall wrote:
Ana,

you, like everybody here, can take any image form my gallery ...


Brilliant!

Author:  Mike Page [ Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:09 pm ]
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SEARCHING FOR ANSWER
DARUMA MEDITATING
SEARCHING FOR QUESTION

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