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Elaine Hancock (Olney, United States) on 11 June 2017 in People & Portrait.

My younger son has a green thumb and likes to garden. So did my father, but it skipped a generation with me. I tend to over water everything and kill it. We went to a residence where an 86 year old man has been growing bonsai trees for over 40 years. Some of these miniature trees were amazing! There was a large variety of different trees that were various ages, the average being about 32 years old. My favorite was the maple tree. I bought my son a tree for his birthday. He now has 4 bonsai trees.

"There are moments when time stands still. You hope it will wait for you."
Dorothea Lange

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tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Rêveur ! )

11 Jun 2017 5:07am

Martine from France

J'aime ces petits arbres miniatures mais je ne sais pas les entretenir.

11 Jun 2017 6:27am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Un arbre qui ne se plaît pas chez nous

11 Jun 2017 7:09am

omid from mashhad, Iran


11 Jun 2017 7:40am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like maple, too !

11 Jun 2017 8:05am

Shaun from Thorton, United States

A wonderful image of this man looking after his bonsai trees. Although I love gardening, I do not know much about keeping one of these trees. I do know they are hard to grow, so your son must be an expert growing them. A very interesting image Elaine.

11 Jun 2017 8:29am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Splendid portrait between his beautiful Bonsaï trees .

11 Jun 2017 8:41am

Gérard from Allauch, France

Yes very small this Japanese ...... !

11 Jun 2017 9:20am

Devi from Chennai, India

Great portrait of this gentleman gardener!

11 Jun 2017 10:20am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Belle composition

11 Jun 2017 11:25am

Don from Spokane, United States

A tree for a birthday gift is a great idea. Over watering sounds like my experience. :-)

11 Jun 2017 12:41pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

My father in law liked to grow bonsai's. The ones in this image look bigger than anything he attempted. I love this portrait of the gardener.

11 Jun 2017 1:46pm

@Ruthiebear: This was probably a little misleading. He is just standing among some bushes. I have bonsai pictures tomorrow.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I grew bonsai too, at one time I had over thirty trees of about five years old, then lost them all in a frightful late spring frost. My own fault, I should have brought them all indoors.

11 Jun 2017 4:40pm

@Curly: That is so sad. They take a lot of time and care. This gardener puts them all in the ground every fall and then digs them up in the spring. I thought that was rather interesting a lot of work.

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Juiste entre le buisson dans la nature super.

11 Jun 2017 5:00pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely contextual portrait

11 Jun 2017 5:46pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I always thought bonsai trees were small and container based, so I am surprised to see one the size of the man (or is he a miniature?).

12 Jun 2017 12:21am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien vu

12 Jun 2017 1:41pm