These aren’t great pictures - just an impression of the oaks in between the fields. Over the last month I’ve been watching their silhouettes darken as the buds swell.
These are the trees I see and enjoy and I feel that they should be a strong influence I’m what I am growing as bonsai.
To be fair these first 2 are near Durham. I enjoyed them on my evening walks from my cheap hotel. Their internal branch structure is very different - but they are both still brooms of a sort.
I am preparing a number( 4 oaks + 3 hawthorns + 2 beech ) of pre-bonsai trees over the coming weeks. The Oaks will have to be brooms.
The best Oaks have a distinctive squiggle in their branch structure that I want to capture. Some of the features I want to capture will dictate the size I grow for and how I try to move sap around. This will give me plenty to ponder as I travel tomorrow.