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Don Blackmond

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Some Bald Cypress
« on: June 14, 2010, 09:01 PM »
please forgive the backdrop/background
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2010, 09:02 PM »
another
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2010, 09:02 PM »
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Don Blackmond

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2010, 09:04 PM »
this is a FL tree, prior 3 are LA trees
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2010, 09:05 PM »
this was collected over 20 years ago in LA
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2010, 09:26 PM »
Absolutely astounding. only way i can put it.
flat tops are just an amazing style of tree when executed properly, and i think you're hittin it spot on...

great work!

_roelex
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2010, 11:11 PM »
Turely stunning and real talent congratulations.
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2010, 06:48 PM »
Truly awesome flat tops. They are an inspiration. One question however, I've never seen BC grow in that style in Texas.  Is there a different sub species, or does growing in a swamp make them grow like that. Any ideas? 
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2010, 07:59 AM »
These are nice, but a bit too extreme for me. "Flat top" style is a bit of a misleading term. "Flat top" BC in the wild grow in many different ways. I've not seen many that are completely flat on top...
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2010, 08:07 AM »
Some unevenness, or a bit of irregularity in the top would definitely improve the image for me, but I haven't exactly grown up around this style so I'm still trying to figure it out.
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2010, 11:01 AM »
These are nice, but a bit too extreme for me. "Flat top" style is a bit of a misleading term. "Flat top" BC in the wild grow in many different ways. I've not seen many that are completely flat on top...

there are very few bonsai that look the way trees in nature actually grow.  most natural trees are ripe with flaws according to bonsai rules, and you would say "chop it" or "cut off all the branches and start over" or "don't waste your time on it". 

we don't grow bonsai to look like trees in nature (even though we say we do).  we grow them to look like we think trees in nature should look.
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2010, 11:25 AM »
Hi Don, thanks very much for posting your pictures.  Fantastic work.  Definitely gives me inspiration to work on the BC that I bought from you a couple of months ago.

Just out of curiosity, how much does that big immature variant weigh?  Looks like you need a forklift for that one :D
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2010, 11:26 AM »
Fair enough. I said these were too extreme  for ME  ;D.

Vaughn Banting's flat top BC are perhaps the most "real" looking examples of this style, for me anyway. There is volume in the crowns of his BC flat top bonsai, which use the same angled leaders that in-ground BC use to make their tops.
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2010, 10:10 PM »
estimated to be about 700 years old
originally from mary Madison, then a casino guy, then Guy Guidry, the Tim O'Neil, then me
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2010, 10:20 PM »
Don, if you are just going to bulldoze it anyhow, I'd be happy to relieve you of the burden ;)

Great old tree, thanks for sharing.

Dave