Found a species and a bush that I don't normally see here in the southeast, but I see and hear about all the time from West Coast bonsai'ers. San Jose Juniper! Take a look at what I started with and also where I am now - not sure where to take it from here (either way, alot of bigger branches will need to be bent). I'm thinking I may take this to the Warren Hill bonsai class I'm attending later this month at Plant City Bonsai - to see what sort of ideas others could give me.
So you can see what I started with - pretty healthy tree - what you can't see until you move some branches, is the very nice trunk that it has.
Lots of possibilities to my eye - It needed a trimming bad, but I left enough branches for selection down the road. Any insight from other bonsai artists would be appreciated. There are alot of techniques I will need to use on this tree to get it where I'd like it that I really need to practice first before I apply to this one. (Raffa/wire bending of big branches, and some Jin carving here and there). Really excited about this considering the age/girth/price I paid for the material.
Would love to hear your ideas about where to take it at this point.