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  2. 29 points
    As everyone knows, 2020 was a crappy year. Here in the states, the covid stuff in conjunction with the election meant every possible subject was divisive and polarized. I think it’s really cool that throughout - I’d come and read palmtalk and find a total absence of that. Throughout the year, I’ve seen photos of gardens and noticed Joe Biden or Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter signs in a small corner of the photo (by virtue of being in front of a home). I’ve noticed subtle comments that indicate that some people are conservatives and some are liberal. Some people appear to be afraid of covid, others frustrated more by government measures. Despite all of this, however, this forum has remained essentially neutral ground. We are here because we love palms and sharing our information and our passion. I know that if I don’t want to hear this side or that get riled up about something, and I just want to know more about cool plants I like and other people’s experiences growing them, I can come here to be free from that. It’s cool that there is this small group of people representing a fraction of the global population who is still cohesive over the things they love rather than the things that piss them off. This forum, the people who use it and the information contained within has been a real bright spot in an otherwise dark year. Figured I’d drop this thought here.
  3. 29 points
    This is one of those Southern California winter days that’s so glorious it’s like a happy hallucination. Nice to get out of the house. Houses are really great, especially when surrounded by a palm garden. They’re really nice to live in, of course, but it’s also cool to be able to get up on the roof and reacquaint oneself with palms that have gotten tall. And, Happy Holidays to all! Here are the tall Teddy Bears, Dypsis leptocheilos.
  4. 27 points
    Well what a year, may 2021 be a lot better, can’t get any worse right, haha on a positive note Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous new year to you all and keep building up ya palm collections, my hookeri and Kentiopsis Piersoniorum opening up simultaneously Cheers paul
  5. 27 points
    This deserves an update! Since being planted at knee to waist high, the specimens pictured in the first post are now right at my head height, with some over my head (~6').....in only 20 months!!!!!!! They've been through: couple Tropical Storms frost on several occasions (light to heavy) 32F-35F multiple times Below 32F a handful of mornings (lowest is 27F) *three smaller specimens in the back are more recent additions to this grouping (added in Feb2020)
  6. 22 points
    Went out to the garden, in order to seek serenity; and saw the palms mission accomplished! Show us your silver palms in the light of evening? Hell any color ... No flash
  7. 22 points
    I try to take photos of our yard every New Year's Day. I usually start great guns in our back yard jungle but often get sidetracked by my daily bucket list before I complete the whole 0.61 ac Paradise. This year I hope to be more diligent. Uh-huh. I started with general views of the jungle beginning from the vacant lot across the canal. World's Smallest Jungle, Cape Coral, FL 2021
  8. 20 points
    Yeah they start out slow from a 3 gallon, but here is mine after 10 years in all day direct sunlight. Theis view over the 7' fence helps one to understand what a person walking down the trail in back sees over that fence and its not a small tree at the 10 yr point. they are big enough now that I have to leave the yard to see how tall they are lest my wide angle lens scrunch up the height. Pictured are my sabal causiarum and the bigest alfredii which are now within 2' or so in height at 25+ either one. They were both planted within 9 months of each other, the alfredii was in the ground that much longer and both started life at the same 2' height overall. The causiarum is a fast palm, a bit faster than BA but not that much faster. The beccariophoenix now stands taller than my livistona decora, livistona chinesis(almost 10' taller). Any body else have growth in time for your BA? At the 10 yr point I can walk under it easily without touching leaflets wich are 2-3' overhead, I dont think that is slow. The alfredii is closer so it looks taller than the causiarum but other view points say they are very close, (~2')edge for the sabal for now. I have 3 BA and when I planted them I was asking do I really want 3? Today I am so glad I did as they are stellar performers in cold and in wind. Some have reported some tilting at a smaller size but my wide in the open windblown palm, 20' overall at the time, did not tilt at all in IRMA and neither did the ~17' middle sized one in part shade. The deeper shade palm (with extra windbreak) that was about ~12' in 2018 did tilt a bit during IRMA with its less established root system and smaller diameter(half the large one) trunk. These palms do not elongate in part shade when I look at my 3, the longest leaves(~20') are on the biggest palm in full sun and the other two have leaves shorter and according to their overall height. The big one is about 30' wide in the crown, perhaps a tad(<2') wider than the causiarum. These are big palms when they are happy and trunking. We could help those who dont have an alfredii see what they can expect as this tree has been in cultivation only 15 years or so.
  9. 20 points
    Hard to believe it’s real sometimes. Here are teddy bears with Happy Hurricane Hybrid Archontophoenix, now about sixty feet tall.
  10. 20 points
    Tall Archontophoenix tuckeri on left with tall Pritchardtia “lanaiensis” in the center.
  11. 20 points
    A big hulking Jubutea hybrid in the backyard
  12. 19 points
    Right around this time i always start getting a bit stir crazy - i can't really plant much because it's rather chilly, but after a few overcast days it's nice to see the sun, and soak up a bit of warmth. Here's a shot of my yard from last week before the old ginkgo dropped most of it's golden leaves. Depsite how messy it is, it cheers me up to see it in full fall regalia.
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    Ptychosperma elegans in baby making mode. And its brethren/sistren immediately adjoining.
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    Here’s a panoramic shot facing north. Mostly Chambeyronias and Archontophoenix tuckeri.
  16. 18 points
    By way of introduction, I moved to East Hawaii in 2012 after twenty years of living in Houston. I suppose I am an early climate refugee. Texas is famous for hot summers, but in 2011 Texas suffered a heat wave and drought that shattered previous records. Every day in August of that year the temperature in Houston was over 100 degrees (39-43 C). In olden days, Houston rarely got over a very humid 93 degrees in the summer before an afternoon thunderstorm would cool the city off a bit. I decided in a world of global warming Houston was becoming unlivable. I visited the Big Island to look at real estate and was surprised at the very affordable prices in the Puna District. I looked at the lava eruption risk zones, the rainfall at different elevations, and decided Orchidland Estates 17 miles south of Hilo was the right place. I bought a 3-acre property at about 700 ft elevation with a small house. I moved here full time in October 2012, a week before my 56thbirthday. Palms were not in my plans. I could tell the difference between a palm tree and an oak tree, but that was about it. My property was a 300-400 year old lava flow with no soil. It was covered with the native ohi`a trees and a thicket of invasive trash trees. I soon visited Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens (HTBG) and the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Botanical Garden where many amazing palms were growing. I assumed you needed special permits or licenses to acquire these rare, often endangered species. But no, anyone could buy them at local nurseries specializing in palms. My transformation into a palm nut began by joining the Hawaii Island Palm Society (HIPS). My first garden tour was Jerry Anderson’s beautiful garden in Leilani Estates. Shortly after that I visited Karolyn Lundkvist’s world famous garden and was blown away. There was no turning back. Then I visited Tim Brian and Bob Gibben’s spectacular palm garden in Hilo along with Karen and Dean Piercy’s jungle just north of Hilo. And of course, we are lucky to have amazing commercial nurserymen like Bill Austin and Jeff Marcus to supply an incredible selection of exotic species. Bo Lundkvist’s web site chronicling the birth of the Malama palm garden was quite an inspiration. Besides seeing what could be achieved in private gardens, I also discovered what a fun and friendly group of gardening enthusiasts was here. Fast forward eight years. I’ve planted around 150 palms, some of which are starting to get some size. During the pandemic lockdown I thought I should organize the many photos I’ve taken during the construction & planting of the garden. I’m posting on PT in case any palm nuts on the mainland were contemplating retiring to Hawaii. Do it! For my first post I’ll begin with some Metroxylons since they might not be widely grown outside the very wet tropics. HTBG has a trio of monster Metroxylon amicarums at the bottom of its entry boardwalk. If you visit the Big Island, you must see these trees. They are scary big and worth the price of admission. Everyone wants this species because it is the only member of the genus that doesn’t die after fruiting. I had to get one. Turns out they are hard to find. Below is a 5 gallon M. amicarum shortly after being planted in late 2013. The middle photo was taken a few weeks ago with me cowering below for scale. I anticipate it will gain about 2-3 ft of new trunk per year from now on. This is planted next to my front gate and gets a lot of attention from neighbors. The seeds are fairly plentiful on the island, but most people find them a challenge to germinate. I have probably tried 30 seeds over the years only to see them all rot. However, I did have success earlier in 2020 with one seed. I thank Mike from Dalbok Gardens for the germination tips. I recently planted it in a prominent location that should be eye-catching in another ten years (right photo).
  17. 18 points
    I was lucky enough to visit a friend who recently moved to Puerto Rico! For obvious reasons, I spent most of the time hanging out and doing walks through their neighborhood, however we did get the chance to go to El Yunque, which was previously ravaged by Hurricane Maria. To my surprise, the rainforest has made a rapid recovery, and you must look rather hard in order to find evidence of the recent storm! I have photos from the neighborhood, which was very fond of Cyrtostachys renda as well as our day trip to the rainforest. Click here for all of the Puerto Rican photos Beautiful Prestoea acuminata in habitat in El Yunque Pristine fronds with a strong resemblance to Archontophoenix Younger specimens have less prominent crownshafts and red ribbing Statuesque Roystonea borinquena One of the many Cyrtostachys renda in my friend's neighborhood - I tried hard to convince her how lucky she was to be surrounded by them Some rather tall Pritchardia pacifica
  18. 18 points
    Spanky, a big Roystonea regia up close. Facing southeast with Butch the biggest Roystonea regia to the right.
  19. 17 points
    A nice view to west southwest more or less Tall palm is Syagrus picrophylla with Archontophoenix purpurea in front, with big mule fronds on far left.
  20. 16 points
    I've been dabbling in a bit of photography lately. Most of my shots turned out either too exposed, too dark or blurry But here are a few shots that turned out ok. Wishing you all a happy 2021 from Fresno. Bismarckia nobilis Beccariophoenix alfredii Sabal yapa Sabal uresana (parajubaea sunkha in the back) Trachycarpus princeps Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus latisectus Brahea dulcis Brahea armata Brahea decumbens Brahea pimo Pritchardia sp. from Kevin Weaver Allagoptera arenaria Butia x Syagrus Parajubaea torallyi Arenga engleri Copernicia baileyana Copernicia prunifera Jubaeopsis caffra Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea plumosa Rhapis excelsa 'Tenzan' - from @Darold Petty Phoenix reclinata hybrid inflo with seeds Phoenix rupicola Trithrinax campestris barely poking out into the world. And my newest addition: Dypsis ambositrae from @Darold Petty
  21. 16 points
    I’ve talked about this and my new good neighbors took down some trees in their yard that obstructed the view of this specimen in all its glory. And what glory, to me anyway.
  22. 16 points
    This is my reef tank - 90 gallon. Also just set up a 125 cylinder as a FOWLR tank, and both kids have freshie tanks in their rooms!
  23. 16 points
    Gazing up into Butch’s magnificent crown we’re not hallucinating, thank heaven. Another view to west southwest with tall Roystonea oleracea on the left and Spanky on the far right
  24. 15 points
    Now my memory has been jogged, I recall that Keith Jaeger in San Rafael gets only 1-2 fronds per year. He has plenty of summer daytime warmth. I do have 3 five-gallon plants that I am trialing on the patio. Plantasexoticas. thanks for your input. I will be more patient with my plants. Here is some 'eye candy' of my Ceroxylon quindiuense. It has about 6-8 meters of trunk now. (37 years in the ground from a 75 cm plant.)
  25. 14 points
    I planted this palmetto as a seedling about 1979-80 at my parents home in Mocksville, NC in USDA Zone 7b. It has never been protected nor fertilized. It survived the severe freezes in the mid 1908s, but the bud was still underground at that time. The first photo is the palmetto in May, 2018, after the severe winter of 2017-18 in which there were approximately 8 days in which the temperature never exceeded 32F. I'm not sure what the absolute lows were but they were probably in the mid to upper single digits. The fronds were burnt, but not the petioles nor the bud, both of which which remained mostly green. It does have a southwestern exposure with a light, deciduous canopy above. The soil is loam clay typical of piedmont NC. The second photo was taken on December 21, 2020. It has taken better than 2 years to fully recover.
  26. 14 points
    First off all, happy new year to all my fellow palm loving friends. Let’s hope 2021 brings us all good things. I just wanted to share a few shots of just a couple of my young palms that I think are looking pretty good so far this winter. First, my little Bentinkia condapanna that was planted October 25th, 2019. It hasn’t been blazing fast but hasn’t been real slow either. It’s been pretty consistent so far. It’s pretty marginal for me but I think it likes this location which keeps it pretty shaded. I have another one just on the other side of the little water fall that gets more sun and gets some sun burn but hoping that one keeps chugging along as well. Fingers crossed they both will continue to do well. I know they’ve only been in the ground 14 months so I’m just remaining cautiously optimistic at this point. Next my young Cyphopheonix nucele. Older than the condapanna and not really too marginal. It’s starting to look nice IMO. Thanks for looking.
  27. 14 points
    Since leaving city work in Carlsbad I've watched the majority of my plantings destroyed by either neglect or incompetence by city-hired mow & blow contractors. Luckily this Bismarkia I planted out as a small 5g is thriving along with some lutescens in the background...for now.
  28. 14 points
    My Howea forsteriana that I took home from my office about ten years ago, was with it's height of four meters literally growing out of my kitchen. I thought a lot of how to solve this problem, knowing that I really didn't want to say goodbye to a palm that is about to start growing a real trunk. Finally, I asked the owner of a shopbuilding if he wanted it in his shop for this winter. He agreed, so this week I wrapped the palm in plastic and an old curtain and managed it to get it into my Ford Mondeo, with about two meters hanging out of the car. The Howea is in a nice spot now and I am still the owner and caretaker. Still got to think of what to do next spring.
  29. 14 points
    I walk past this palm 1,000 times a day, drive by it, it's mine, right in the front of my house. Yet until this morning I didn't notice it turned into a freak. Because the split so close and the angle of the palm you might not notice this until you get to a certain angle. Not really sure which Archontophoenix this is, other then Archontophoenix var freak
  30. 14 points
    Yesterday my husband and I drove down to Driftwood Garden Center in Estero, FL, to buy several 4-cu-ft bags of perlite to use in a repotting project. I wandered around the nursery but didn't see anything but the usual suspects until I saw two rare tropical palms in 7g pots: Hydriastele beguinii 'Obi Island'. Palms like this don't exist in SWFL where queens, foxtails and ubiquitous Christmas palms reign supreme. I sell seeds and seedlings all year in hopes I find treasures like this. I bought one and we bundled it home in the bed of our pickup. I almost feel bad about breaking up the pair but perhaps a PTer in SWFL will spring for the one left behind. I plan to plant it in deep shade in the back yard jungle come spring to keep our Hydriastele dransfieldii company. Right now it sits on the back lanai where we can haul it indoors if the predicted cold front hits this weekend. See photos below Hydriastele beguinii 'Obi Island', 7g, Cape Coral, FL
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  32. 13 points
    HAHA just outside the view are copernicia fallaensis 20'+ on the left and a 45' royal that towers over all of them. Past the fallaensis is a 15' copernicia baileyana and a bismarckia just shy of 30' tall so yes they have great views, better than mine looking out on their mostly grass. But because they dont have much at all planted the palms in my yard are visible from 500' down the road. Here is a stormy front yard view including more palms with the causiarum on the right, bailey view is completely blocked by the fallaensis in center. I get to live in it, they get to have a view that few have around here.
  33. 13 points
    I have many hybrids from Patric in my garden, here's a few pics of them yatay x jub in the back Bp x PJc On the left Jub x queen shade grown yatay x queen
  34. 13 points
    It snowed! First time in the 18 years I’ve lived here.
  35. 13 points
    There's something strikingly beautiful about palms covered in snow, perhaps the geometrical nature of the leaves...I'll let y'all decide! Luckily, this snow hung around just long enough for me to take these pictures, it was mostly all melted an hour later... Happy holidays, everyone!
  36. 13 points
    I was lucky enough to briefly walk through this resort and take a few pictures! I've always loved visiting this place and admiring the giant Jubaeopsis caffra as well as their multitude of "tropical" palms! I've included some photos in this post, and if you would like to see them all, please go to the link! Click here for the rest of the photos Must start of with the prized Jubaeopsis caffra. It's absolutely monstrous, however hard to get a sense of scale in the pictures! A Hyophorbe langenicaulis doing well The Raphia farinifera finally bloomed! Despite how common they are, I always admire Dypsis lutescens
  37. 12 points
    Our Garden in zone 8b/9a Pacific Northwest, Bowen Island BC in summertime. Planted palms include T. fortunei, C. humilis, C. humilis var. cerifera, J. chilensis hybrid, R. hystrix, S. minor, T. wagnerianus. Bananas are Musa basjoo. Anyone else located in the PNW?
  38. 12 points
    Another impossible question of choice! It seems wise to pick a genus with LOTS of variety. Some of my beloved palms belong to genera of few or single species, much too limiting. Kerriodoxa, Tahina, Johannesteijsmannia, Marojejya, etc. But Licuala, well, now there are a LOT of Licuala species, and though I only grow a handful, they are all stunners! Pinanga a close second in terms of beauty, and exceeding in terms of numbers. Then there is Dypsis... a ridiculous number of species, undoubtedly will be split off in the future. But for sheer beauty, I will fall back on Licuala. These Licuala peltata v. sumawongii have been featured many times in my photos, for easily justifiable reasons. (Edit: I reserve the right to change my mind in any future thread!)
  39. 12 points
    And a few non-palm plants that i like Agave parryi Dyckia Euphorbia sp. Agave victoria-reginae Aloe vanbalenii I forget the name of this one Corymbia ficifolia some of my outdoor bromeliads A few platycerium mounted on a magnolia Last, zinnias still going, and spent seed pods of Abutilon palmeri add a bit of interest
  40. 11 points
    My favourite since the start! Lets see your Bismarkia nobilis..
  41. 11 points
    Getting settled in east Tennessee near the Smokies and of course seeing palms is a bit exciting! Was in Knoxville (zone 7a) the other day and saw 2 nice Trachycarpus fortunei.
  42. 11 points
    This afternoon I took photos of my largest garden area, which I call, no kidding, "Garden Lot". We bought this 125' x 125' 3-lot site in 2011 before Cape Coral began to emerge from the Housing Bust, during which the Cape had the 2nd most foreclosed real estate market in the US. Houses remained vacant for years, residents fled the state and no one would spring for vacant land at any price. We bought this barren patch of weeds and fire ants with the intention of creating a garden that would block the view of the newly built LCEC electrical substation, also known as "Osama bin Laden's FL Vacation Compound" for its sandy pink stuccoed concrete block walls. The erector set is installed but to this day the substation remains unfinished and inoperable. Par for the course in Cape Coral. The first palms we planted were 5 Bizzies in 3-5g pots. We later added another Bizzie as point because it was so purple. Now it is silver and huge. Juxtaposed with and behind the Bizzies we planted Livistonas. We wanted all decoras but ended up with 2 decora, 2 australis and 1 mariae courtesy of a nursery with suspect expertise that shall remain unnamed. Fast forward 9 years and what you will see in the following photos is what you get. Vacant End Lot: Sabal sp and flowering bottlebrush & Cocos trunk, bananas, bottlebrush Garden Lot Views: south side Leaning Coconut of Irma Livistona mariae Sabal palmetto of unknown age. Lot mowers had hacked it to the ground 6x per year for possibly decades. It just barely fits inside our property line so we decided to give it a chance to grow. This is what we have after 9 years. Copenicia prunifera Livistona saribus w/black teeth Borassus flabellifer Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata Twins Copernicia alba, Chamaerops humilis & Agave americana mediopicta Dypsis decaryi Roystonea violacea (f) & Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata single
  43. 11 points
    Not sure who put these up and how, but I likey. They are color shifting as well, so pretty cool!
  44. 11 points
    Hedyscepe.........Recurved and keeled fronds, crownshaft, self-cleaning fronds, but not so heavy as to cause damage, most beautiful blue-green trunk, huge, bright red seeds. Downside ? can be erratic grower, (might or might not grow for you), slow growing, occasionally subject to root pathogens, requires regular moisture
  45. 11 points
    Here is my yatay x Jubea hybrid from Patric. Growing in Dallas. If has been a moderate to fast grower.
  46. 11 points
    My Common Queen & Silver Queen var. litoralis comparison Been growing both palms at the same location in Lake City (borderline 8b/9a) since 2008. The common queen was planted as a 7 gallon on the south side, the Silver Queen on the north side as a seedling. There are oaks 100ft to the north that disrupt the cold northern winds some. Couple quick thoughts. The Silver Queen took off the last 2 years and began trunking this year. The common Queen has had a trunk and been fattening a while now… yet they’re both about the same height today. The common Queen has bloomed, the Silver Queen has not. The Silver Queen was moved 2 times, once as a seedling and again as approx 1 gallon size palm. Some of the more notable differences: - Silver Queen has more flat/stiff leaflets, common Queen more droopy/plumose - Silver Queen has a more stiff compact crown. Common Queen more loose and fluffy. - Silver Queen leaflets have a darker green, slight blue hue. Common Queen is more green to medium green. - Much more Tomentum on the Silver Queen. (perhaps added crown insulation) - Leaf bases slightly darker purple on my Silver Queen As for the biggest factor, cold tolerance, from what I can tell the Silver Queen may be only slightly hardier. Both have experienced some very cold temperatures without protection, 18/19 for a low, many low to mid 20s (2010) and some icy rain (2018). I haven’t been able to observe initial damage and recovery while I was in Jax but I do have some additional progression and cold damage pics I may post later. From what I can tell, leaf damage seems to be slower on the Silver Queen. Also I did lose 1 Silver Queen seedling and 1 three gallon common Queen either after 2008 or 2010 from the cold. Bottom line, I would say the Silver Queen var. litoralis is not a viable palm to grow anywhere in zone 8b without protection. However if you’re a warm 8b and borderline, you probably can be successful growing this palm a while. Common Queen 2008 Silver Queen 2008 Common Queen 2020 Silver Queen 2020
  47. 11 points
    Then, Alberon Reserve – a lush, palmy park in the middle of one of Auckland's most prestigious suburbs. There's hundreds of palms here including some rare varieties. It's like a little palmetum amongst suburbia. The Archontophoenixes were naturalising in the undergrowth, along with several other palms, it seemed like the archontophoenix were outnumbering the juvenile rhopalostylis, perhaps not surprising given the slow germination of Nikau. Some of the palms include Washingtonia, Syagrus, Brahea, Rhopalostylis, Archontophoenix, Caryota, Ravenea, Butia, Howea, and many other ones I found difficult to identify, particularly some smaller species… By the way, as you can see I'm forever mixing between scientific and common names, it's a bad habit of mine, I just type the first one that comes to mind! The second pic shows a beautiful tall Majesty Palm. The second photo shows what I believe to be a stunning Rhopalostylis Baueri. Someone could confirm. But it is an absolute beauty and looking right at home. The colour was incredible. I'll post more on this later on in another thread, but I'm lucky to have 7x Queens at home, growing from seed from taken from these Queens. They look super lush and gracious, and from my own opinion, look very much like the variety from Northern Argentina / Southern Uruguay so will be interesting to watch these grow up and I would hope that perhaps they may have better cold hardiness than mainstream Queens. But as it goes with Queens, they're all one and the same in many people's eyes. Who would know. Brahea Edulis... A classy mainland Nikau lurking in the undergrowth... What are the palms growing like bushes beneath, perhaps some kind of Chamadorea? Or small dypsis? Looked a little bit like robellini but too bushy. Sorry I'm not an expert. But they were everywhere. Looking out to Rangitoto, and back towards Auckland City. I took this pic because immediately when I pulled up and parked, the view for some reason reminded me of around Moana Lua / JB Pearl Harbor Hickam where I once spent some time. Bougainvillea in full show off mode!
  48. 11 points
    First of all, Happy Holiday's everyone! I've never been so appreciative of having, maintaining, and wandering through my garden over the last year. I can't imagine otherwise. OK, the shovel. The primary use for this tool is giving scale to some of the palms in the garden. Because of the rocks, it's totally useless on my property for it's intended design. Lately, the shovel seems to be comparatively smaller next to, what used to be, cute little plants. Anyway, here are some recent photos. Tim Marojejya Kerriodoxa
  49. 10 points
    Vancouver’s Trachycarpus basking in the January sunshine 11C.
  50. 10 points

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