Although the first pic of this double trunk (sokan)Ume already shows a great tree, the flowers really complete and enhance the image. There is something about the contrast between a gnarly trunk and delicate flowers that is simply breathtaking.
Apparently the judges at the 2014 Kokufu exhibiton thought the same. Well, great minds…
The pot of this Shimpaku juniper shrank over the years, while the trunk and branches grew a little bit. Although the last pictures is the most recent (taken at the 2014 Kokufu exhibition), the second pic shows the tree at it’s best angle.
This tree truly is a masterpiece. Don’t take my word for it this time: it actually is an official Kichou, or Important Bonsai Masterpiece.
First two pic from the blog of Matt Reel, go check it out.
Absolute killer Breitling. Although it looks like your average two register panda chronograph it has something extra: a rattrapante function. The second big second hand reveals that this watch can simultaneously time two events.
How cool is that? (The answer is ‘Very cool’ or ‘Insanely cool’)