I have been asked why I have a fascination with bonsai trees. As you can see, I even use them as a back drop to this blog. Fair question.
First and foremost, I just think they are cool. While I am sure you hoped for a more elaborate, complex answer, it partially is based on that. I just have always loved trees. I love autumn and leave colors. I love walking through forests. Ok, then why mini trees? I find it amazing to see a tree, grown from the same seed that fills a forest, in a small pot. Even cooler if it is a forest bonsai.
Second, (warning: a geek moment) I was a huge fan of the Karate Kid growing up. Still am. I am thrilled that my regional office is in ‘The Valley’, very close to the story. Again, geek moment. Of course the bonsai tree plays a prominent role in that movie.
Thirdly, and maybe more appropriately, I love bonsai’s for what they represent, namely, tamed nature. I have always had to work hard on myself to be where I am and stay on my path. I find myself having to ‘tame nature’ on a regular basis. Tamed Nature can be beautiful. It can be a smaller representation of a much larger universe. I believe that. These beautiful little trees can remind me of that daily. As such, I usually have 5-7 of them at any time in my office. I love caring for them. I love seeing whole collections of them. I love the variety and the peace they seem to provide.
That being said, it can also be a reminder of what can also happen if it is not tended to. I have sadly had to bury quite a few trees as well. I hate losing bonsai trees, but then again, I hate losing.
So nature must be tended to daily.
So…. that is why bonsai trees.