I finally went out again to shoot some pictures!

Thinks are looking up of late for me so I concluded that I had to make good use of that fact and duck up my camera and lenses once again! After just a 15 minutes walk from my house I reached the many meters high and many kilometres long dyke that protects our house and most of the south-west of Holland from flooding and was just in time to take some pictures of birds settling down for the night in the stunning setting sun! Some turned out so nice that I decided to share them with you all and I hope you like them as much as I do?!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

I will be posting some more Bonsai stories here soon as well as on YouTube! So keep watching this space!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

THE SIGHTSEEING PICTURES OF MY VISIT TO BEAUTIFUL SLOVENIA.

Hi everybody,

as promised here are the sightseeing pictures that I made last weekend when I visited beautiful Slovenia for my workshop at Tomaz Kovsca International Bonsai School “TORA”. All pictures are made with a 20 years old low pixel camera so they are not up to the level of my usual foto’s…but I still hope you enjoy the images of the sometimes breathtaking nature and old villages?! That I had brought along this old one with me turned out to be a good idea, because I fell down twice on the very steep mountainside where I shot the first pictures that I am about to show you! ūüôā

 These first pictures are made in the very old village Ň†kofja loka, that was first mentioned in 973 A.D.

Below: views from the bridge over which you enter the ancient village.

Below: very old preserved wall painting everywhere and a beautiful old tree. And on the right bottom: a not so old Tomaz! ūüôā

Below: our first mountain stop and a beautiful scenery just before it started to rain.

 

Below: A stunning example of a real size Literati sylvestris!

Below: And a real-life example of how we should shape our branches on a Literati Bonsai!

Below: Trough the branches of this ancient Linden tree you can just make out that at the end of this winding path on the top of this hill lies a church! It is named Sv. PrimoŇĺ in Felicijan at Jamnik (Saints Primus and Felician) it dates from 1501. Tomaz told me that in the olden day’s people (even Christians) worshipped Linden trees…that makes this a very old tree! It was very spiritual to walk up this path in the footsteps of so many that went before me!

Below: it must have taken many centuries for these two branches in love to reach each other, but now they are looked into their kiss forever!

Below: only a good friend could capture a moment like this in this way!

Below: views from that top.

Below: one of the many emerald greens river that we came across during our trip!

Below: The beautiful Lake Bohinj is unlike the more famous Lake Bled unspoiled by hotels, bars and mass tourism! It was breathtakingly beautiful and it charged us for the upcoming workshop that afternoon!

I hope you all enjoyed this little impression of just a few hours of driving through this beautiful country?! I can’t wait to revisit it next May to see more amazing places and to spend more time with some of the friendliest folks I have ever meet!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com

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4 MARCH IN MY GARDEN AND A SENSORY TEMPERATURE OF MINUS 20?!

Hi everybody,

last week we had record breaking low temperatures here in Holland and young and old grabbed this unique chance and went ice skating where and whenever they could! Typical Dutch fun…no wonder we won most of the ice speed skating medals at the Olympics!!! This was pretty precarious because I already had repotted several of my Bonsai the week before all this arctic weather started. The below pictures were made on the 4th of March.

 

I hope you enjoyed these unexpected Winter images?!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com

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PRUNED AND WIRED MY SMALL PUNICA GRANATUM YAMADORI.

Hi everybody,

A few days ago I brought my small Punica granatum indoors to give it its winter pruning and to wire the tiny branches where necessary. This little Bonsai is a Yamadori from France and is 27cm/10.7 Inch high and has been in my care for more than 20 years now. In all these years it has grown from being a small Shohin to its present size and has developed most of it branches new and an amazing Nebari for such a small Bonsai! I think it has a very natural and mature image for such a tinny tree and that’s why I want to show it to you all! The pot is by John Pitt (UK).

I hope you enjoyed this little post?!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com

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Two pictures of my Shohin Bonsai.

Hi everybody,

now that the worthless 2017 Summer has come to a rainy end, I have been doing a lot of maintenance on my Bonsai! Removing were necessary wire, weeds, fertilizer and brown leaves. While doing that I saw two of my old Sho-hin smiling at me…so I had to make some pictures to show to you all! These two have been with me for over two decades now and keep on looking better and better as the years go by! The first one is a Prunus spinosa Yamadori from the UK that was given to me by Tony Tickle all those years ago. It was first for many years styled by me as a Moyo-gi , but after a decade I saw something better in it and cut off most of the old branches on the right side to style a more suitable and natural image! And now after an other decade or so it has more or less arrived at the image that I had foreseen all those years ago! It looks so natural now and very appealing with all those berry’s still on it!¬†

Prunus spinosa Yamadori (UK) Sho-hin.

The second Sho-hin is a Punica granatum Yamadori from France. This little gem is even longer with me and has , slowly but steady, matured enormously during that time! It really look like a proper tree now with mature branches and really amazing roots for such a small Bonsai! The beautiful pot is by John Pitt (UK).

Punica granatum Yamadori (France) Sho-hin.   Pot John Pitt (UK).

I hope you enjoy these pictures?!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com

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Some pictures that I made during my short (wet) break in Belgium.

 

Hi, everybody,

here are some pictures that I like to share with you all, they were made last week during my short break in the beautiful Ardenne in Belgium. It sadly rained most of the time, but during the last day, the sun broke through the clouds so I could finally make my long-planned hike to see the old Oaks I had seen for the first time some 20 years ago! So when the sun came out I wanted to take quick advantage of this opportunity and make the long walk to finally see them again! They grow on an impossible hard rock mountainside and some of them are just 2 meters high. They are stunning and some grow in really unique forms, like the multiple trunks one in the picture below. Click on pictures for full size!

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Below: This little (oak) gem is not much higher than 1,5 meter.

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Below: Close up, look at that movement! ūüôā

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Below: Some nice views I shot on the way up.

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Below: And a final bonus to a wonderful day, some nice bread with wonderful cheese and a view to die for!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamotto@hotmail.com

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WINTER IN HOLLAND.

Hi, everybody,

for more than a week now, Holland¬†is experiencing¬† a period of extreme cold weather, with a record low of more than 21 degrees frost! All my Bonsai are safely in there warmed winter shelter and there is no Bonsai work to be don in this freezing weather! In Holland (the Netherlands) young and old are taking advantage of all that ice¬†every were around us and seeing them all having so much fun skating around in beautiful sunny weather, made me deside that it was about time to give skating a¬†try again!¬†During my teen years I played ice hockey for many years and skating became, just as easy¬†as walking¬†to me! But that was more than 28 years ago and I havend skate since than! So I¬†looked¬†up¬†my old rusty ice hocky skates and walked to the¬†corner of my street were a great ice floor was waiting for me. The first thing that¬†I found out is that your feeds keep on growing even after you are in your twenties! My skates were much to small for my feet’s! But realy I wanted to try anyway¬†so I managed to squeeze in¬†my feet! The second thing I found out, is that I¬†completely forget how to stand up strait on the ice with out falling, let alone trying to skate! For the first time in my live, I actually was afraid to fall and hurt my already weak back! But I did not want to give in to that fear and after a few attempts,¬†my old muscles started to remember how¬†skating was don all those years ago! It was¬† a shame that my feeds realy started to hurt in those small shoes and¬†that I had to stop, but it was great to stand on the ice again after so many years. Next year I will buy a new pair of ice hockey skates so that I will be prepared when father ice chooses to come around again!

Below: These next pictures were made a few days ago during a walk along my favourite beach close to my house.

I love winter, it makes the world look so much brighter and magical! I hope you enjoyed this impression of winter in Holland?!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com

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SOME OLD PICTURES OF 2 AMAZING STONES.

Hi, everybody,

while looking¬†through some more old pictures to scan and use in my new Bonsai stories, I came across some pictures that I shot during my ’95¬†trip to Milan Italy. To, among other things, see Kimura perform there on stage for 2 days.¬†Seeing those stones on these old pictures again, gave me the same feeling as when I saw them for the first time all those years ago. AMAZING! I hope you¬†enjoy them too?

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                                      This one I would like to call: OOPS!

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 Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com

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A “LARCH” SHOW!

Hi, everybody,

this Sunny afternoon I shot this picture of one of my Larch Yamadori in full bloom. I would like to share it with you because I believe it is magical. This picture has captured that feeling, that urged me to make it in the first place!

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Hope you like it to?

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com

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