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coh

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Re: too old
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2014, 02:48 PM »
37! I wish I was only 37, or at least had started bonsai when I was 37 (52 now). Actually, I did start experimenting with bonsai in my 30s...but then we had to move and a whole bunch of trees got left behind in the ground, then I got busy for a few years, then stumbled onto a local bonsai show and the rest is history. Now I have way too many trees of all sizes, including seedlings.

M. Frary, I came very close to being struck by lightning...a bunch of us got caught in a storm when hiking in Colorado about 20 years ago. We were on flat-top mountain (aptly named, flat with no shelter at all), above tree line when the storm broke. The first bolt struck somewhere behind me, I only saw the flash and have no idea how far away it was. But it either knocked me to the ground, or I instinctively dove, still not sure to this day. I wasn't struck, there were no after-effects, but it was an incredibly scary experience.

Chris
 

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Re: too old
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2014, 08:08 AM »
I heard someone say: I am not going to grow bonsai from seed. I'm 50 years old by the time my seedlings are 10 years old I'll be 60.
So I asked the guy: How old are you in ten years if you don't grow bonsai from seed?
 

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Re: too old
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2014, 09:27 AM »
So I asked the guy: How old are you in ten years if you don't grow bonsai from seed?

I like the way you think! 
 

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Re: too old
« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2014, 10:05 AM »
A few years ago I was invited to collect California junipers with Harry Hirao. I believe he was 92 at the time. I was 59. He hiked up and down the mountain with more energy than any of the rest of us.
I went suiseki hunting 20 years ago with bonsai friend and mentor George yamasaki when he was 88, He was still collecting trees and stones every chance he got and was still starting cuttings and making grafts for the future. He just passed away a couple of years ago.
 

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Re: too old
« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2014, 12:05 PM »
I'm in my 70's.  I have reduced the 2-man, 1-strongman trees, but other than that continue right along with many Pre-pre-bonsais.  I am privileged to belong to a strong club and am confident that as others before me, my club will care for my trees and ensure they go to good homes where their bonsai journey will continue. 

Is there a stopping age or disabilities -- NO only when the brain or heart stops working and we move to the promised life with our God.  So just keep on - keeping on.