|from the excellent bonsai collection of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden|
I find this bonsai enchanting. I also find it to be completely unbalanced. Completely. There is nothing balanced about the composition of this form, at least to my eye. And yet I adore it. I think about this sometimes when people say that "balance" is the key to great wine. Would this plant be even half as beautiful if it were straight and tall and symetrical? I ask you this.