Pistol Butt Hemlock Bonsai

This bonsai was collected from Mt St Helens in 1987. It exhibits Pistol Butt, or a crook in the trunk from downward-sloping snowfall. Mountain Hemlock is pliant enough to bend with the snow for a few seasons until it can stand against the weight of it. This flexibility comes at the price of a crooked trunk.

I'm not sure how one gets permission from the National Parks Service to pinch a living tree out of lands they manage.


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