Posted 03 December 2010 - 09:02 PM
This is really upsetting news to me. I had no idea Ray was ill. I last saw him a couple of years ago and he was still the same fun guy I had spent so much time with in the late '80s when I lived in Honolulu...only that great moustache and the hair had gone silver! But he was still dressed in the safari clothes with a machete, on his way off to go through the forest cutting the vines off the palms. I echo Jacob's statement above in that he was the essence of dedication and a fount of knowledge. And just a super, super person. He really shaped my knowledge of palms and other tropical plants and I will miss him very much.
Big Pine Key, Florida | 24° 40' N 81° 21' W | elev. 3 ft.
Zone 11b | Calcareous substrate
60-year avg annual min. approx. 48F
Jan avg approx. 65/75F, July 83/88F
Historical extreme low: approx. 41F
Natchez, Mississippi | 31° 33' N 91° 24' W | elev. 220 ft.
zone 9a | Downtown/river-adjacent microclimate | Loess substrate
80-year avg annual min. approx. 23F / Last 7 winters: 24 | 27 | 22.8 | 23.3 | 24.1 | 18.4F | 22.7F (2010-11) / airport/outlying area: 8b/19F annual min
Jan avg approx. 43/61F, July 73/93F
Historical extreme lows: 2.5F 1899; 4F 1940; 5F 1989