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roelex14

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2010 Mid America Bonsai Expo
« on: August 06, 2010, 09:47 PM »
Just curious if anyone was planning on going to the Mid America Bonsai Expo in Chicago, IL at the end of this month (Aug. 19-22?)? Or if anyone has gone to ones in the past. I plan to go the 21st and I'll be sure to post pics.
 

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Re: 2010 Mid America Bonsai Expo
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2010, 01:58 AM »
I can't go unfortunately but Dave Kreutz will be there with lots of fantastic azaleas for sale, be sure to look! And with Mike Hagedorn being the headliner you are in for a treat!


Looking forward to the pics,
Shimsuki
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: 2010 Mid America Bonsai Expo
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2010, 09:27 AM »
I dropped off this tree last night.
 

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Re: 2010 Mid America Bonsai Expo
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2010, 09:35 AM »
Looks really great Don.  I can only imagine how impressive it must be in person.  Congratulations.
 

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Re: 2010 Mid America Bonsai Expo
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2010, 12:00 PM »
well, it was heavy, if nothing else.

there are quite a few really good trees there, so anyone within striking distance should go.  trees from notable bonsai folk.  there were about 120 trees when I checked in, and another 15 or more waiting in the wings.  the vending area looked good too, although i was outside looking in.  its a beautiful place for a show.  don't miss a chance to go if you have one.
 

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Re: 2010 Mid America Bonsai Expo
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2010, 05:33 PM »
Going tomorrow! ;D ;D ;D extremely excited!
good to hear that there is some quality stuff thats going to be there.
Will be sure to take pictures!
 

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Re: 2010 Mid America Bonsai Expo
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2010, 05:52 PM »
I've been wanting to go to this event for years, but something always come up.  Well, something came up again this year and I'm already committed to be in Lexington, KY this weekend.  Next year, no matter what, I'm going.

Looking forward to the report from those that get to go.  Please do share your experience so I know what I'm missing.  :)
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Don Blackmond

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1st Place Professional Class
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2010, 10:16 AM »
This is a good tree and won 1st place in the professional class.
I liked the tree a lot.  Good presence.  Elegant and graceful.  Nice trunk line.  Old looking bark.  Appearance of yamadori.
What I didn't like is that it was completely wired.  Evidently, wire was acceptable to the judge, Michael Hagedorn.  In some shows, wire is not ok.  I think this tree needed the wire.  Also, the apex was created with a branch off the main trunk, but the main trunk extended on and was bent down and in front.  I didn't care for the apex at all.
Overall, it is a great tree and worthy of a top 3 placement.
I think it belongs to Jim Doyle.  Props to him.
 

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Best of Show
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2010, 10:48 AM »
This tree took Best of Show.  Its a corkbark elm.
I liked the tree for its bark and, of course, small leaves.
It has the typical inverse taper issues most cork species have. Now, that said, inverse taper at the base in Japan is not a flaw and is sought after.  Here, in the USA, most people view it as an atrocity.  This one is mild regardless.  Anyway, this tree has nice bark and good radial roots.  The old bark extends out onto the branches, giving it the appearance of great age.  I liked it, and it was one tree that I noticed during set-up.
There were a few things that detracted from the tree.  The branches were thin.  There was wire on some branches and the wiring was poorly done (for a show).  The branches lifted too much for the style.
Overall, its a good tree and I like it, but I would not have selected it as Best of Show (even omitting my trees from consideration).
I think it belongs to Jack Douthitt.  The tree is worthy of some award despite the things that, imo, detracted from it.
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2nd Place Professional Class
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2010, 11:07 AM »
This tree took 2nd place in the professional class.  Its a trident maple.  It took either best of show or 1st place last year.
This is a really great trident.  Small leaves.  Nice trunk.  Great base.  Great branch placement.  Well developed branching.  It is small but has the appearance of a large tree.  Great table too.
The stand was made by Jay Kolaya.  Here is his blog: http://jaykolaya.blogspot.com/
The tree belongs to Matthew H. Ouwinga.  Here is his website: http://www.kaedebonsai.com/
I liked this tree a lot and thought it was well presented.  Definitely worthy of a top 3 placement.
 

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3rd Place Professional Class
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2010, 11:24 AM »
This tree won 3rd place in the professional class.  Its a yew.
This tree is bigger than it appears, and has great presence.  The trunk line is very appealing, with grace and elegance.  The live vein and dead wood work well together.  The canopy is layered beautifully.  It is one of the first trees to catch my eye during set up.
The only thing that distracted my eye was the base.  The jins and thick roots compressed into the small area are somewhat distracting.  That said, they lend to the appearance of a stable foundation.  Tough to say, but there may be just one jin too many at that location for my liking.  In any case, that is a minor issue.
I really like this tree a lot.  I would have had it in the top 3.
The tree belongs to Sara Rayner.  She made the pot.  Here is her website: http://www.redwing.net/~daalms/
 

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Award of Merit
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2010, 11:35 AM »
This shimpaku took an award of merit.
I like this tree.  Great pot choice but it may be a shade too small for the foliage mass.  Well mossed soil.  The tree is graceful, and could look even more graceful with less foliage mass.
The branch placement is at odds but works well despite that.  The shari is too white for my taste, especially at the base where it meets the moss.  I prefer more gray and less white when treating deadwood.
Anyway, I liked the look of this tree.  It will get even better as time passes.
 

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Award of Merit
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2010, 11:46 AM »
This maple clump took and award of merit.
It has a great base and aged trunks.  Very appealing. The pot color is good for maples.  I don't recall the number of trunks.  The tree has a light, airy presence.  This is mainly due to longer leaf stems.  I don't know the variety.  The emerging leaves are reddish pink and the leaf stems are pink.  I don't know if the stems hold their color or turn green.  The branches need time to develop, or it may be a variety that does not ramify well.  Anyway, its hard to not appreciate a japanese maple with such a nice base.  Its a good tree.
 

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Re: 2010 Mid America Bonsai Expo
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2010, 12:00 PM »
I submitted these 2.
Unfortunately, I left home hastily and forgot the stand for the oak.
Both placed.  Cypress 1st.  Live oak 2nd. I'm shocked the oak placed.
Both have some weaknesses, like the other trees that earned awards.
I'll post some of the judge's comments later when I have more time.  He was tough.
 

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Re: 2010 Mid America Bonsai Expo
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2010, 12:02 PM »
There were other trees that earned awards.  I just don't have photos of them.  Also, as far as I know, there was not an award list produced.