Bonsai Style Inspiration: Ficus Macrophylla (Moreton Bay Fig) and Developing Root Flare


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A beautiful and well developed cypress bonsai nebari. Via

An amazing and beautiful design element in bonsai is the root flare or nebari. Also known as buttressing, this method is a perfect way to make a bonsai appear ancient, grounded and well anchored to the growing medium. Without it, bonsai tend to look like you just stuck a stick in the dirt and the viewer is not awed and their mind remains un-blown. Continue reading “Bonsai Style Inspiration: Ficus Macrophylla (Moreton Bay Fig) and Developing Root Flare”

A Great Egret in Balboa Park


One of the many amazing perks for working at the San Diego Museum of Art is that it’s nestled smack-dab in the middle of Balboa Park and adjacent to the San Diego Zoo. This brings all manner of critters directly into my path from work to my car.

Today was no exception. This great egret has spent the winter here in sunny warm San Diego enjoying some yummy fish from the giant koi pond in front of the Botanical Building. They’re here on vacation while the rest of the country slumbers under its cold white blanket.

When the spring begins to heat up a bit she’ll begin her long journey across the country for breeding season in the central and southeastern parts of the US.

In the meantime, she’s just another of many tourists taking up all our parking spots. *grumble grumble… tourists *