Photos Of Historic Bonsai Masterpieces

Bonsai trees are living works of art, the ultimate example of man shaping nature to his will and one of the most difficult plants to care for because, like their full sized relatives, they can live for hundreds of years.

In fact, this Japanese White Pine is one of the oldest bonsai trees in the world, said to be in training since 1625 and known to have survived the bombing of Hiroshima thanks to the high walls of the nursery.

This amazing tiny tree, along with many other bonsai masterpieces new and really, really old, are on display at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington D.C., where photographer Stephen Voss captures their timeless beauty.

Stephen's photos have been collected in a hand-crafted book called In Training, where his unique vision showcases each bonsai as a work of fine art.

See Photos of Historic Bonsai Masterpieces at Atlas Obscura

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