captive bonsai

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    With a business meeting in Napa earlier this week I had the chance to spend last Sunday afternoon with an old dear friend driving by Zen around the Bay Area, eating legendary dim sum, contemplating the ways and means of bonsai, studying bones and burgers, and wishing there was a way to suspend the day in amber so it didn't have to end.

    But it did, of course, which is why the images of the carefully tended concentrated growth of the bonsai stayed with me, and took the edge off the goodbye.

    Traveler's Tip: If you ask nice when you visit the Gardens (like we did) they might let you in the back.

    Shot at the The Oakland Bonsai Gardens
    Oakland, CA

    Update: Mastercard was kind enough to approach me about using this image for their online Priceless campaign »

    rafael lecabannis, Claire MacKay, and 13 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. miss_kcc 98 months ago | reply

      love, love, love this - the subdued colors, the texture on the wall, the little label on the shelf, the plant - just perfect!

    2. JKönig 98 months ago | reply

      oh god this is so damn good! those textures, and that light!

    3. chrisbest 98 months ago | reply

      Just stunning!

    4. OmMane 98 months ago | reply

      I love the colours in the glaze.

    5. massona [deleted] 98 months ago | reply

      this is really nice.

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