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Walter John

Honest appraisal, I like the every day pics as well as the touristy ones, thanks Bob.

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Utopia Palms

Enjoying all the photos looks like everyone had a great time, please keep the photos coming.

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palmtreesforpleasure

Thanks for sharing your pictures and memories, one day will have to attend

regards

colin

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ariscott

So, who came from Australia?

Regards, Ari :)

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amazondk

Robert,

I really enjoyed your pictures of the event. Thanks a lot.

dk

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Gbarce

Excellent pictures!! Almost like I was there!

Was everyone on Palm Talk grouped together in one bus??

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palmislandRandy

Thanks for taking the time to post! Great photos. :mrlooney:

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RainForestt Robert

InBioparque essentially tried to re-create the different climatic zones that could be found around Costa Rica. It was interesting to see some of the flora and fauna of the different zones. However, when compared to the actual forests Inbioparque was a mere shadow. Nonetheless, if you are in Costa Rica for a short period and cannot get out to the different parks you should consider it. All this is in retrospect.

It actually rained! I think this was the only time we had to use our ponchos. The palm gods were with us.

Bill Olson and Jeff Searle

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Which way should we go? We were placed in groups with a guide who was quite knowledgeable. He said that most tour guides have to go through a 6 month to 1 year training program familiarizing themselves with Costa Rica flora and fauna. He said that as a plant biologist he was exempted.

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We hung on his every word. Actually there were stragglers, groups became mixed up. Attendees saw late arriving friends. Others decided to just blow the park off and head back to the hotel for dinner etc.

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RainForestt Robert

Asterogyne martiana and a number of Chamaedoreas were the most frequently seen palms. A number of Asterogynes had obviously been transplanted. They looked, sort of ..... crisply fried. Some were alive though. Even though there was a light rain the misting and watering system was running.

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RainForestt Robert

This tree attracted a lot of interest. Hillary Clinton was seen collecting seeds. Sorry Mr. Moderator, I could not resist.

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RainForestt Robert

The bromeliad section offered a glimpse of what could be seen throughout the island.

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This brom was from the dry forest.

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RainForestt Robert

This is a photo of the the same type of bromeliad, more advanced state of blooming.

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RainForestt Robert

The battery on my camera was just about dead from a long day of taking photographs. I had no backup. These are the last photos.

There was a lecture in two parts. I think I slept through the first one. It reminded me of some of my science classes in college. Essentially it was about the illegal harvesting of hearts of palms in CR. The second lecture on the Palmetum in Tenerife was interesting and actually woke me up. When it was over, it was time for dinner and that was a long, long day.

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Later, Day 3

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BS Man about Palms

UUUmmmm. That is NOT me sleeping in the back row in the previous pic. As Robert said, I was still wondering about that Pheonicophorium borsigianum you mentioned earlier, just painting the picture on the back of my eyelids.

Keep up the great pics. Wondering when Ryan will "Post Up".

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RainForestt Robert

Day 3 began with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. There was usually a combination of American (cereals, breads, scrambled eggs, etc) and Costa Rican dishes (beans and rice, potatoes), at least 6 different types of fruit and an extensive pastry collection. I made sure to get my money's worth at breakfast. I normally went to the gym before breakfast so I had a good excuse to really indulge the pastries.

The previous day Bus 4 was actually divided into two smaller buses. Today we had one large blue MB bus. There was AC, the bus was quiet, powerful, had it's own toilet. Our new lead guide was extremely knowledgeable. He told us a bit about Costa Rica, Independence from Spain in 1821 in a Federation of countries, full independence in 1824. Celebrated on Sep 15 each year. 25% of CR is national parks. 18% is private land where incentives are given to the owners to reduce logging etc. CRs early economy was based on banana, coffee, cocoa. The economy of CR was susceptible to variations in world prices for these commodities. CR suggested at a conference (???) that industrial nations pay countries such as CR for Oxygen. Essentially green credits for maintaining their rainforests that provide significant amounts of the worlds O2.

All this I found very interesting, but you may just want to see photos.

Here is one of the rivers we crossed.

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Two tributaries from different sources eventually join up. The one on the left has a volcanic origin, and has the tell tale color that indicates it's high sulfur content. The tributary on the right shows no such signs.

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RainForestt Robert

Bill, Ryan seems to be the meticulous type who is cataloging his photos and choosing the best ones. I am of the shoot first, ask questions later school. This is just the warm up act. I am looking forward to seeing his photos, except for the Bus 4 talent show. Ryan, is there anything I can do to prevent certain photos from seeing the light of day?

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When you get to the various destination, one of the first things you need to do is head to the bathroom. Bathrooms on the biennial ranged from rustic to sublime. At the Aerial Tram the exterior of the bathroom was decorated with these wonderful tiles with tropical design, made from impressions by children in their educational program. You can read that from the tiles at the top.

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RainForestt Robert

My group was the first to head off on the tram, El and La Hoagie, Judith Kay, Barry from South Africa, Dan Ashley from Hawaii and myself eagerly climbed aboard. Before we did we all checked our cameras to ensure that we were ready to shoot, from minute one!

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RainForestt Robert

The oohs and aahs started as soon as we headed off. Just below and around us were perfect specimens of Asterogyne martiana and Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana, Geonomas and Iriatea, Socrateas, Welfias and Euterpes.

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RainForestt Robert

While on the aerial tram you had to focus on the rainforest at eye level, below you and above you, ahead, and if you missed something important, behind you. While taking photographs was important, it was also important to absorb the moment. Just a mile or so from the major highway that connects the important coasts and capital of Costa Rica, next to a national park, you felt as if you were alone in the forest. Our guide did not have all the answers to our questions, but he radioed others to try and find the answers. The tram moved along until it stopped for others to get into their "cars". I wish that the tram could have been controlled by the guide, but then it would not be time effective. We would have been stopping every few feet.

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One of the most prevalent large bromeliads we saw. It was a stunning plant.

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Small bromeliad

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Geonoma

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RainForestt Robert

Euterpe precatoria

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Tree fern. We saw numerous species throughout the country. I know nothing about these ferns.

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RainForestt Robert

The first sightings of Welfia georgii caused a few jaws to drop. If there was a "Swooning Couch" in mid air we would have all collapsed on it. Move over Bismarckia noblis, I have a new favorite palm!

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elHoagie
While on the aerial tram you had to focus on the rainforest at eye level, below you and above you, ahead, and if you missed something important, behind you.

Awesome photos so far Mr. Wilson! And you definitely weren't shy about climbing all over us on the tram to get a good shot :lol:

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Jeff Searle
Bill, Ryan seems to be the meticulous type who is cataloging his photos and choosing the best ones. I am of the shoot first, ask questions later school. This is just the warm up act. I am looking forward to seeing his photos, except for the Bus 4 talent show. Ryan, is there anything I can do to prevent certain photos from seeing the light of day?

RainForestt Robert

Robert,

Ha-ha-ha, but NO. All pictures will be coming up shortly. Even if Ryan dosen't, there's others that can blackmail you. LOL!!! :lol:

Jeff

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putu enjula

Great shots Mr. Rainforestt! :)

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bgl

Robert,

You are not the only one who is concerned. As the newly elected president of the IPS, I believe it falls under my responsibility to make sure that the IPS will continue to be seen as a serious organization. Well, forget about that! :mrlooney:

Bo-Göran

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RainForestt Robert

Sometimes the wildlife co-operates for a good photograph

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Sometimes they don't. This sloth was looking in the "wrong" direction. The tree that the sloth is residing in is one of the pioneer trees when there is a clearing in the forest.

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RainForestt Robert

Jack, you are right. I think I lost my shyness pretty quickly. I was a little concerned about leaning over and falling out of the gondola. I think that they should put seat belts on those things.

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RainForestt Robert

Flowers on the forest floor

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Al in Kona

Robert, it was great to finally meet you in person after our previous contacts in Palmtalk. I would of liked to have been able to talk more with you during the CR Biennial but since you were on a different bus from us it made it difficult to have much interchange with you and some of the other IPS attendees. We really got to know those on our bus #1 and also bus #2 as we seemed to go to the same places together at the same time a lot of the time, however, we seldom ran into those on the other two buses #3 and #4.

Your photos are great, keep them coming. Makes me feel like I'm still there waiting for tomorrows palm activities!

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RainForestt Robert

Al, it was good meeting you and your lovely wife. One of the shortcomings of the biennial is the division into traveling groups. That is also one of the highlights, as can be seen from the tales and antics from bus 4. Hopefully at future biennials, or if I visit Hawaii we can spend some more time together. Or you can always come to Trinidad!

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RainForestt Robert

One of the things that I found fascinating about the rainforest is the abundance of life that can be found in a single tree. Obviously we did not get the opportunity to investigate the various life forms in a single tree. Here are some photos that I am sure only offer a glimpse at the various life forms supported by this tree.

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RainForestt Robert

The atmosphere of the forest at the Aerial Tram was amazing! You listened to birds, trickling streams, the wind blowing in the trees. The silence was also amazing. On a daily basis we are constantly bombarded with primary and secondary noises that we take for granted. We may not be consciously aware of them, as they are filtered into our subconscious. The forest here truly represented peace and quiet. . The property itself is approximately 500 hectares of private land, bordering Braulio Carillo National Park. A great example of sustainable ecotourism development with little direct impact on the forest. Our guide did indicate that during high season when the cruise ships come in the "tourists are just lined up" for the gondolas. Maybe at that time I would have a different opinion, but sitting in the gondolas with others who appreciated the forest and were not just there for the "experience" my opinions were all positive.

Views of the forest canopy

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Another of the large trees that we saw that are the mainstays of the forest.

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RainForestt Robert

We were really there to see palms, and Euterpe precatoria, with it's pendant leaves is one of the most beautiful palms we saw in Costa Rica.

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Crownshaft

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RainForestt Robert

More forest views

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By this time we were more than half way through our tram ride. This gave us an opportunity to greet other attendees as they approached the halfway point.

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RainForestt Robert

Welfia infructescence

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RainForestt Robert

Socratea and Iriatea were often seen at the top of the canopy, as demonstrated by these photos.

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RainForestt Robert

There were many discussions about the differences between Iriateas and Socrateas. Our guide at the Aerial Tram indicate Socreateas had split terminal leaflets while Iriateas had a rounded terminal leaflet. Socreateas were "bitter" palms, I'm guessing that their hearts were not eaten, while Iriateas were "sweet" palms. Following that key, this seedling would be - Socreatea. Please don't include it's heart in my salad!!

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