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Nature as source of inspiration

It will be no surprise to anyone that nature is a big source of inspiration for those interested in Bonsai. After all, the ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniature version of nature.

In this article we have combined trees and Bonsai trees that look alike; you might be surprised at how incredibly similar some Bonsai trees are to their full-grown counterparts. Enjoy!

Majestic oak tree Bonsai by Walter Pall
Left: majestic tree, (photo found at Walter Pall's Facebook), right: Bonsai tree by Walter Pall.
Island with pines (Scotland.gov) Bonsai forest by John Naka, Japan
Left: small island with pine trees (photo by Scotland.gov), right: famous Bonsai landscape by John Naka. Read more on Japanese Bonsai trees here.
Linden tree in winter Linden bonsai tree, Walter Pall
Left: Linden tree during winter (photo found at Walter Pall's Facebook), right: Linden Bonsai tree by Walter Pall.
Tree in winter Ramification on Bonsai tree (Nature Bonsai)
Left: tree in the Netherlands, right: very fine ramification (photo by Nature Bonsai). The Bonsai style depicted here is the Hokidachi (broom style).
Red maple (FrankieFlowers) Maple bonsai in fall
Left: red Maple (photo by FrankieFlowers), right: Maple Bonsai tree in autumn by Walter Pall. The same Maple tree is shown below twice, you can also see Walter Pall's maple Bonsai in the four seasons.
Tree (Nature blog) Acer bonsai in summer
Left: tree in nature (photo by Nature Blog), right: Maple Bonsai tree in summer by Walter Pall.
Tree in winter (Facebook Walter Pall) Maple bonsai in winter
Left: tree in winter (photo found at Walter Pall's Facebook), right: Maple Bonsai tree in winter by Walter Pall.
Baobab (AmusingPlanet) Chinese elm in Baobab style (Bonsai Beginnings)
Left: Baobab trees in Africa (photo by AmusingPlanet), right: Chinese Elm Bonsai in Baobab style (photo by BonsaiBeginnings).
Ficus tree Ficus bonsai banyan (Weng Zhang)
Left: huge Ficus tree in Sri Lanka, right: beautiful Bonsai Ficus with airroots by Weng Qi Zhang.
Hollow trunk (Facebook Walter Pall) Bonsai hollow trunk (Harry Harrington)
Left: tree with hollow trunk (photo found at Walter Pall's Facebook), right: Bonsai tree by Harry Harrington.
Big trunk (Nick Pellegrino) Bonsai with large root flare
Left: big trunk (photo by Nick Pellegrino), right: Bonsai tree at Kouka-en with a huge root flare.
Tree in winter (Facebook Walter Pall) Zelkova Bonsai (Alain Wachter)
Left: tree in winter (photo found at Walter Pall's Facebook), right: Zelkova Bonsai tree by Alain de Wachter.
Trees in Winter (FaunaFlora) Bonsai Forest (Luis Vallejo)
Left: trees in winter (photo by FaunaFlora), right: bonsai forest by Luis Vallejo.
Baobab tree (MutteringandPlantMusing) Elm Bonsai (Baidu forums)
Left: Baobab tree (photo by: Muttering and Plant musings), right: Elm tree (photo found at Baidu forums).
Maple tree in fall (Feel Spirit) Japanese maple Bonsai from clump (Aido Bonsai)
Left: Maple tree (photo and combination found by Feel Spirit), right: Japanese Maple Bonsai growing from a clump (photo by Aido Bonsai).
Tree lightning (Feel Spirit) Literati Bonsai (Bonsai del Norte)
Left: tree in nature (photo and combination found at Feel Spirit), right: Literati style Bonsai (photo by Bonsai del Norte).
Forest in winter (Hank) Bonsai Forest (Luis Vallejo)
Left: forest in the Netherlands (photo by Hank), right: forest Bonsai by Luis Vallejo.
African tree (Diana Robinson) African Bonsai (Luis Nel)
Left: tree in Africa (photo by Diana Robinson), right: Bonsai tree by Luis Nel.
Trees in winter (DailyMail) Forest Bonsai (Vaughn Bantingburch)
Left: trees in winter (photo by DailyMail), right: forest Bonsai (photo by Vaughn Bantingburch).
Chinese landscape (Craig Coussins) Penjing landscape (Kuangshua Hsiao)
Left: landscape in China (photo by Craig Coussins), right: Penjing landscape (photo by Kuangshua Hsiao Penjing).
Rock island (Jose Luis Largtategui) Suiseki (Bonsai Mania)
Left: rock island (photo by Jose Luis Lartategui), right: Suiseki viewing stone (photo by BonsaiMania).

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