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This week I’m doing something different.  

Today it’s all one subject – Penjing – the ancient Chinese art of depicting trees, other plants, and natural landscapes in miniature. It is the predecessor of Bonsai. The word literally means “tray scenery,” and is often referred to as three-dimensional poetry. It can take three forms:

First, Tree Penjing, focusing on one or more trees and other plants in a container, shaped by trimming, pruning and wiring. Second, Landscape Penjing, which involves the careful selection and shaping of rocks, which are usually placed in a container in contact with water. The composition also contains small live plants. Third, Water and Land Penjing, combining the first two styles, it has the option of including figures and structures. The featured picture, artist unknown, is of the second style. You may find more information on the philosophy, history and styles, and links to blogs and websites here.

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I freely admit I’ve posted many photos on the referred-to website, without credits.  Sorry, and I hope no-one is truly offended.

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News this week:  HOW TO BRING TREES TO LIFE ON FILM.  Luc Jacquet, the director of Oscar-winning documentary March of the Penguins has taken on the challenge of bringing a forest to life on film in his latest documentary, Once Upon a Forest. Video at BBC.

and:  TREES TRAP ANTS INTO SWEET SERVITUDE.  In Central America, ants act as bodyguards for acacia trees, which add an enzyme to their sap that addicts the ants to theirs and no other.Image

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The Treetalker – news about, and views from the trees

Today’s news stories: NEW STUDY PREDICTS BEST TREES FOR WARMING MIDWEST CITIES, citing the Ginko Biloba, the world’s oldest species of tree, called a “living fossil,” as a good tree to plant in cities for the future.

also: ART TREES GROW IN THE ASPHALT JUNGLE  An art exhibition in took place in NY from July 10 through September 7, “Something About a Tree,” with trees as the subject.  Many well-known artists participate, including Michael Stipe, Charles Ray, Sarah Lucas, Giuseppe Penone, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham and Zoe Leonard (Red Apples, 2002), as well as by a notable figure of the 1960s music scene, Rory McEwen, whose hyperrealist paintings are also on show at Kew Gardens in London (until 22 September).  Check out these stories at my website.

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On my blog: National Geographic tells us about the newest “Oldest Tree,” found in Sweden in 2004.

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