Friday, May 26, 2017

Bonsai! - #SaturdaySnapshots

The senior center walk on May 23rd took us to Weyerhauser Company's former 130-acre corporate campus in Federal Way, Washington. Although the facility has been sold to another entity (and is currently unoccupied), the walking trails and gardens are still open to the public. 
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Here's a view of the offices built in 1971. The building is called a "groundscaper"  - a horizontal skyscraper.

Although I enjoyed walking among the trees and around the lakes, my favorite part of the grounds was the Pacific Bonsai Museum, so I'll focus on that today. Each miniature tree is beautifully set in an individual outdoor display area with artwork showing its native habitat. A description board is posted nearby.

Pond Cypress - I've seen these trees in the Big Thicket National Reserve
in southeast Texas.

Coast Redwood - Love the artist's rendition of the view
up into the treetops of a redwood forest.

Mountain Hemlock - A miniature forest.

Sierra Juniper - A beauty from Yosemite National Park, California.

The museum's brochure says they display sixty bonsai in all. Some were in bloom.

Bougainvillea - Kept in a protected area.

My friend Lora Lee has an unusual backpack. As a result of a contest between members of the hiking group, he's been given the name Sir Hikes-a-Lot.

More info about the Pacific Bonsai Garden: HERE
More info about the Weyerhauser site: HERE

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Brona Joy said...

I love bonsai, but flowering bonsai? Stunning - thanks :-)

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Gorgeous examples of bonsai....and what a lovely place to walk and spend time. Thanks for sharing, and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Me, too. I'm awed by people who have the ability (and patience) to prune trees into such attractive shapes. I'm lucky if I can keep my house plants alive.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The weather was perfect, too.

Ginx Craft said...

The bonsai tree are lovely. I always think I would like wisteria growing up my house.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

We have a wisteria vine growing by our backyard deck. Unfortunately, the previous owners planted it in a bad place. It twines over the hand rail for steps that lead to our deck, so we have to cut it back constantly... which I'm sure is why it doesn't bloom. It's time for a transplant.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I love the bonsai. I've never seen such unusual bonsai trees.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Neither had I! I love the way they're displayed, too.

Grace Marshall said...

I love, love, love the wisteria and bougainvillea! Thank you for sharing.

Susan in Texas said...

I love the bonsai display. What a perfect blend. I just sent this link to a mixed-media artist friend of mine. Thank you for these.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

So many plants and trees were in flower. My favorites were the blooming bonsai, too.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. I took about fifty, but I didn't think many people would want to wade through that many pictures on my blog. Thanks for leaving a comment and for forwarding my post to your friend.

Klara S said...

I always admire art of doing bonsai. Great shots. Thank you for sharing.

Poem fanatic said...

I've never been to a bonsai garden-but these look beautiful! I love the colour of the wisteria tree!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

There's a full-sized wisteria near our house that is huge. When it's in bloom, cars pause to look at it. This little one is striking, too.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for stopping by.