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South Dakota collecting trip, Day 1

This week, my long-time bonsai buddy, Ron, and I had an opportunity to return to the area we visited in 2010 to collect. Here are some shots from Day 1, and I’ll post daily for the next several days to share day 2, potting up, and shots after.

We started by trying a new spot, Bear Mountain. The forestry department where we bought our transplant permits has friendly and helpful people who helped identify some areas to collect. They made it sound promising, and it was pretty, but no junipers (fortunately, no bears either). We arrived there by 9:00 and by 9:30, had ruled out the area.



Back to where we went last time. Lots of forest fires had changed the landscape. Fortunately one of my favorite bluffs was unscathed:


Not so lucky in other areas:



First juniper, no crazy Shari, but good movement, some Jin, and most importantly, a chance to survive:


View from the spot where the first juniper was:


One with great movement, taper, and dynamic Shari. Unfortunately, as I dug, roots just weren’t coming with it. So I replanted and hope for the best for the little guy. It was sweet…


Yes Mrs. VF…Ron packed lots of water this time!


Second juniper, on the point of this outcropping. I was on the precipice digging, and Ron leaned over that dead pine tree to assist, which turned it immediately into a teeter-totter, he on one side, I on the other, and we both almost went over…a 3-stooges moment for sure. Funny…now.

Proof I actually do work:

Shortened and ready to travel:


Loaded up and hosed down!

Plenty of room for tomorrow…and we will need it!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wood #

    Brian, What Great Fun it must have been!!!

    May 22, 2013
  2. ron heinen #

    Yes! call me next time. I’m there!

    May 22, 2013
  3. Come up to Alberta and we’ll go to the rockies and find some spectacular pines!

    May 22, 2013
  4. Nice load of trees there. Fun for years workin those.

    May 24, 2013

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