Bonsais from Big Island


Yesterday I went to the summer house with my old folks. And since the summer house is on an island with rocks and cliffs and stuff, there are plenty of trees that have been treated harshly by wind and sometimes water, in conditions with little soil – and who are therefore perfect for becoming bonsais. The first one I took was Rowan with two trunks, wich of one was damaged but still had leaves. It was sort of charming actually.

昨日両親と別荘に行った。別荘は島に位置しているから、岩や崖があって、風かたまに水に悪い扱いを受けた土壌が少ない盆栽になれる小さい木がいっぱいある。最初とったのは幹が二本、ナナカマドだった。一つの幹が壊れて格好よかった。


What I actually was looking fore though, was scots pines. They grow in the cracks in the cliffs and are impossible to get out. At least the big ones. I tried with two smaller ones. The first one, I got the entire root. As for the second, it just said “pop” and the I had the little tree in my hand, without a root. While thinking wtf I realised that it had squeezed itself inbetween the cliff, and actually the root was much further down and the part where I had ripped it off was like a millimeter thick. I thought there were no roots, but looking closer I noticed a small one. If it survives, it might actually get really nice horizontal roots.

でも探したのはヨーロッパ赤松だった。崖の皹で成長して大きな奴はメッチャとりにくい。小さい木を取ろうとしたら、2個をとれた。一番目は根で取れたが二番目は根なしで簡単に拾った。実は、皹のしたから成長して、本当の根はたぶんもっと深くあって私がとったところで根はたぶん1ミリぐらいだった。全く根がないと思ったが、よく見たら小さいのはある。死ななければ、いい水平線の根になるかも。

In some years, I want my pines to look like small versions of this guy above. Twisted and wonderful.
数年間後、こういう上の木みたいの赤松に、自分の奴がなってほしい。



I did find one very nice pine that I wanted more than anything. It is almost perfect already, with its thick trunk. It looks old and awesome and it would make such a nice bonsai. However, to get it out I would probably have to blow the rocks up with dynamite…

本当にいい赤松を一個見つけた。超ほしい。太い幹で古くて格好いいのでもう完璧じゃないか。しかし、とるため、周りの岩を爆発させないと無理そう。


But then again, it looks very beautiful where it’s standing now. I suppose I just have to go to the summer house more often, watch it and get some inspiration for my trees at home.

まあ、今のままでもきれい。よく別荘に行って、インスピレーションをゲットするため、残したほうがいいかもね。

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