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Miscelanea photos at IPS Biennial

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Most of the IPS Biennial attendees gathered together for this group picture taken at Casa Bonita located in a beautiful area not too far south of the city of  Barahona (SW section of the Dominican Republic).  See how many you can identify?

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group pic #2

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Al,

Good to see that you made it to the biennial in the DR.   Sorry that I missed you mate.  Hopefully I can make it to Costa Rica.  2008 is an Olympic year and would like to go to Beijing.  I hope the biennial is earlier in the year.

Robert

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Thanks for the pics, Al

Were you referring to Sabal Miscelanea?

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Bob,

The Costa Rica Biennial is planned for April 2008, probably towards the middle, or end, of the month. I think the Olympics is in July, so you can easily do both....! :)

Bo-Göran

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I spy Alan Bricke in the front on the top photo wearing the stylish single white kneesock....  (Alan is "KIM"'s brother)

I know Alan was debating going, I'm glad to see he did!

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No participants in this picture, but this was the view that we enjoyed for quite a while waiting for our Safari truck to arrive. This was on Friday Oct 6th after we had hiked thru a cow pasture to view a grove of Copernicia berteroana. In this photo: Roystonea borinquena, Sabal domingensis and Copernicia berteroana.

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(bgl @ Oct. 19 2006,08:57)

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No participants in this picture, but this was the view that we enjoyed for quite a while waiting for our Safari truck to arrive. This was on Friday Oct 6th after we had hiked thru a cow pasture to view a grove of Copernicia berteroana. In this photo: Roystonea borinquena, Sabal domingensis and Copernicia berteroana.

That's one of the better photos I've seen from the biennial.

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yeah,looks like a postcard!

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I'll second that...at least if the bottom 3/4 inch of the picture is deleted.

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and here are some of the cows in the pasture - see bgl's pic above . . .

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Copernicia berteroana in habitat (now pastureland) . . .

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The Biennials are a wonderful reason to join the IPS.  They are trips that most people would never take unless they were a member.

Phil

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Yes, not only are these trips that most people would never take, but we also get to visit places that would be next to impossible to visit if you travel on your own, and experience things that would be next to impossible otherwise. A few things that I can think of right now:

1) In 1998 when we were in Thailand, and the group travelled in six large buses with police escort and we never stopped for a red light in Bangkok. And most of you probably know, or can imagine, what traffic is like in Bangkok!! Plus of course, given access to areas in Nong Nooch Botanical Garden that normally would not be open.

2) The helicopter ride up Mt Panie in New Caledonia in 2000, and the hike up the trail there. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

3) The helicopter ride out to the area in the Dominican Republic where thousands of Pseudophoenix ekmanii grow. An area that's otherwise pretty much inaccessible, and again a unique experience.

Lots of other memories as well, but these certainly stand out. Plus of course the priceless experience of being able to meet hundreds of other palm enthusiasts....

Bo-Göran

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I can't agree more with what Phil and Bo has said. Not only do you see some of the palms in habitat that are natived to that country, but the many hours that are spent talking with each other and enjoying each others company, can last a lifetime.

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Since we're on the topic of the Copernicia berteroana grove, here's what it looked like on the ground. There may be a few weeds in the picture, but most of the plants are C. berteroana seedlings.

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On the "helicopter day" we saw thousands of Pseudophoenix ekmanii, but out of all those thousands of palms, this particular individual was probably the one that was most photographed since it was easily accessible. One of the few photos that I have where I am also in the picture!

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Dear Bo Goran  :)

the best still is seen in post no.12,

u and the Zebra in the wild.

in one word i should say_its a jewel in

the crown in our palm photo collection.

Lovely simply lovely !

thanks for posting & sharing Ur fond memories

with us.

Love,

Kris.

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I think this was my favorite biennial. Maybe because it was my first. I made so many new friends, we visited very diverse areas, the helicopter ride was awesome!

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Kathryn,

Yes, that was a pretty special Biennial. :) Lots of unusual experiences. The helicopter ride was amazing, the roads were congested (not exactly! :lol: ), our modes of transportation were at times unorthodox, we saw lots of palms and we also had lots of non-palmy experiences! :)

Bo-Göran

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I really enjoy looking at my vacation photos. Since I never arranged mine into a nice album as I planned, I'm glad I have the forum here to look at other peoples photos. Thanks for sharing a few more Bo.

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Al,

Could the IPS persuade you into letting us use some of those images for the website? I'd like to get an entire page dedicated to past Biennials. Please send me a PM.

Thanks,

Ray

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