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Semi cascade Ponderosa

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bwaynef:
I checked this one out and marked it unread so I'd come back and look at it again. 

Its a little hard to see, but the apex looks like a pretty substantial branch that's bent up, coming off the side of the trunk.  Is that right?

Also, and I'd bet you're not going to go this route because of all the wire I see on this branch, you might consider getting rid of the branch w/ all the wire in the cascade.  I think you'd be left with the beginning of a really nice semi-cascade then.

That said, I know very little about ponderosas and can't make out all the details I'd like to from the picture.

mcpesq817:
Hi Steve,

I have 3 ponderosas myself and am always very curious to see what others are doing with the species.  So, this is one of my favorite sections of BSG. 

I think with regard to your post, the pictures are a bit dark and the angles may not be the greatest.  I know from personal experience that it's a lot harder to take pictures of trees than one would think.   This is especially the case with collected trees where branches are going every which way and you are only doing incremental work so as not to stress the tree too much.

In any event, I think you've made a nice start and you've got a nice tree with fun movement.  If you can take pictures in more light and at a more level/front-on position, I think people would be in a better position to comment.

cbobgo:
in these pics it looks more like a full cascade than a semi-cascade, but maybe that's just due to the angle of the pic?

- bob

Potawatomi13:
 :DDefinitely a Ponderosa fan and owner of about 10 now and yours is a good tree to work on.  There's some great natural bends and movement in the trunk.  I don't think I'd whack the lower part of the cascade but it could use some good bends to match the rest of the tree as it looks unnatural from the photos.

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