Due to harsh climate here in Finland my family decided we try to “buy” some sun during the winter and have a “summer” holiday somewhere else, where is enough light and warmth.
To be honest, it did succeed! 🙂
The place we visited is Koh Lanta.
Here, after return, I attached some photos with comments related to bonsai hobby…at least what I myself notice out of it 🙂
|To me the best photo of the trip. The cliff with typical in Thailand seen dramatic edge with the tree hanging from it (left top)|
Rocks/cliffs used for bonsai often look extraordinarily out of fairy tales, with dramatic shapes and rising directly from the sea, lowest edge being narrower than the upper part. Here are some photos showing probably not the most dramatic ones in Thailand but anyway giving the hint. To be honest I didn’t expect so many with such a shape. Now I experience the bonsai rock plantings way differently…they don’t need to be necessarily from fairy tales 😀
Tree growth pattern
- Majority of trees are palm trees which are not very valuable for bonsai.
- The next group of trees (if I am allowed to define that) are trees with huge leaves, again of no value to bonsai hobby.
- The latest group of trees (not bushes/shrubs) has the structure very similar to the drawing below:
The characteristics of this structure (possibly not so visible in the drawing) could be:
- The inter-nodes are actually very large, possibly due to fast growth rate.
- The long pieces of branches grow directly upwards.
- The long pieces of branches are straight.
- Sometimes in those long pieces of branch there is a curve which is very often to my perception curved always to the same direction.
- The ramification is of lower extent than in European trees.
- The trunks are rather thin, possibly again due to fast growth rate.
- The taper is almost invisible.
|The tree in the middle/back|
Also I didn’t find many trees with huge amount of leaves. As seen in the photos, they are having quite a scarce leaf amount. Perhaps it is due to the season, maybe they grow more in the rainy seasons.
Very rarely I came across a tree like below (middle, behind the house, between 2 palms.
Possibly the tree is very old. The trunk is under 45 degrees angle behind the house the whole length of it. I couldn’t find a better angle to photo it.
I am sure there are trees looking exactly opposite of those I attached here. These are I came across. At least on the place we have been they look this way.
As a comparison, below are some non-tropical trees (photos are linked to their original pages):
The place is beautiful! Worth of visiting, perhaps far away of major activities but we didn’t look for those, only piece 🙂 Thailand is a great place to visit!