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Stephen Voss' Photo Series Shows the Versatility of These Tiny Trees

 - Jul 20, 2016
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Though small in stature, Stephen Voss' bonsai photography shows the intricacy and beauty of the traditional fauna. Collected in his photography book, entitled 'In Training,' the trees give off simultaneous delicacy and strength.

Few people know that bonsai trees are not actually any special, unique tree species. Rather, bonsais are exactly the same as the full-sized trees that they replicate. In theory, one could grow a bonsai out of an oak, a pine, an elm, or even a California redwood. Gardeners keep them miniaturized by simply growing them in smaller pots; trees, like many other types of plants, will only grow to the size of their surroundings.

By taking up-close snapshots of the artistic trees, Voss' bonsai photography shows just how similar these trees are to their grown-up relatives, with gnarls, knots and flaws that compare to any forest growth.