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After Thanksgiving we thought we might take a few photos of a few of our suiseki.  It is interesting to us how difficult it is to photograph suiseki and to depict them as we see the in our home.  Having a bonsai collection almost always insures that a few stands are laying around house so tonight we thought we would photograph these suiseki sitting on stands.

As a reader of this blog, feel free to comment on the stand selection.  I have my own views of the good and bad of each but it will be interesting to see what you think.

Japanese Suiseki ~18cm in length

Japanese Suiseki ~18cm in length

This first suiseki was purchased from Japan and is sitting on a Rikizio stand made from Japanese Quince.

American River Suiseki ~ 10cm in length

American River Suiseki ~ 10cm in length

The second suiseki is an American River stone and it is sitting on a small rosewood slab that is approximately 50 years old purchased from Japan.

Mountain Suiseki ~ 4cm in length

Mountain Suiseki ~ 4cm in length

The last suiseki was purchased therefore we are not aware of where the stone originated other than the Western United States.   The stand is from China and was purchased in Hong Kong.

We like to display suiseki in our home sitting on stands even though there is no requirement for this whatsoever.  Displaying in a show is a subject for another blog.  The real difficulty as with displaying bonsai is obtaining a stand that fits well with the stone.  It must be both the correct size but also aesthetically pleasing.  Ah but what is pleasing to your eye may not be pleasing to mine and vice-versa.  Having said that we do believe that when tree or stone is matched to the right stand, the stand adds to the overall aesthetic.  If it detracts then one has chosen the wrong stand.

We will let you decide if any of these stands work or not.  At the same time the quality of the  photograph will impact your view.  I can say that the American River stone on the rosewood slab is quite beautiful in our home.

The smaller suiseki, region unknown, is quite difficult to place on a stand as any stand can quickly overwhelm the stone itself.  Perhaps a small quiet slab would be more fitting for this suiseki. What do you think?

Well we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Ours was until we learned our female lab Leeloo is with child!  At least this unborn puppy has a future home.  Cheers…

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