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More broms, they were all lit up by the sun and I couldn't stop taking pictures of them!

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My favorite brom picture

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The second crator (Botos Lagoon) was a further walk up. We were at about 8,600 feet elevation (2,620 meters) and a few people opted not to climb to the second crator because of the thinner air.

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Laguna Botos filled with rainwater

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Ray and Miriam in front of the second crator - Botos Lagoon

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Flowering bush on the walk back down

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Next stop was LaPaz Waterfall Gardens

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Bren in front of some giant leaved Gunnera's

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The first area we walked through was a giant aviary

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Toucan

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Parrot

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Baby bird

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Next was the Butterfly House

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Next was the Hummingbird garden

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By the way, the Hummingbird Garden was not inside the Aviary

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Next stop was the restaurant for a delicious buffet lunch

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Tree ferns outside the restaurant

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Broms

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My new friend Phil from Barbados. He had me laughing the entire week!

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Ti plants and Cannas

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Oxcart

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Some heliconias (I'm partial to heliconias in case you haven't noticed!)

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Musa bloom

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Some heliconias (I'm partial to heliconias in case you haven't noticed!)

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Musa bloom

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Jeff that brom at the top of this page it out of this world. Do you mind if I send the pics around to try and get an ID? As far as I can tell it looks like a Werauhua/Vriesea but those flowers are crazy!

Did anyone try and feed the hummingbirds by hand? I think I stood there for a good 5-10 min. patiently waiting with those little fake flower things, got nothing! :mrlooney:

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After the gardens, we walked down LOTS of steps to reach the waterfalls

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One of my favorite shots taken below this waterfall

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Another waterfall

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Chamaedorea costaricana?

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Ensete's - I think next to palms, this is my favorite plant in the world. Unfortunately I could not grow them in Tampa or here along the hot humid coast

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Ensete leaf

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Me with an Ensete

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In flower

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Ensete leaf

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Me with an Ensete

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In flower

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JakeK

Awesome photos Jeff.

Those shots of all the vestiarias are incredible. It looks like Bo finally has some competition from the Herrero brothers.

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Kim was sad or jealous because our group seemed to see all the animals.....I'M jealous of your group because all we saw was a fog bank at the Poas Volcano!!!! You guys got lucky!!! :drool:

PS- almost cliche here, but it really was awesome getting to meet all the Palm talk attendees in person.

PSS- I didn't know Bobby in NY sang so well!!

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Awesome photos Jeff.

Those shots of all the vestiarias are incredible. It looks like Bo finally has some competition from the Herrero brothers.

I took to calling that area the "Areca Vestiaria Highway". :greenthumb:

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Sorry for the mulitple posts and incorrect picture in post 57. The internet kept going in and out on me and I couldn't get back on to fix anything.

Here is the first Ensete picture I meant to post

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Jeff that brom at the top of this page it out of this world. Do you mind if I send the pics around to try and get an ID? As far as I can tell it looks like a Werauhua/Vriesea but those flowers are crazy!

Did anyone try and feed the hummingbirds by hand? I think I stood there for a good 5-10 min. patiently waiting with those little fake flower things, got nothing! :mrlooney:

Hi Mike, I don't mind at all, please help yourself to any of my pics. I didn't try feeding the hummingbirds by hand. The hummingbird area was just outside the restaurant and after spending the morning at Poas and more time at LaPaz, it was time for lunch! I only spent about 10 minutes there trying to get some decent shots of the birds feeding.

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Awesome photos Jeff.

Those shots of all the vestiarias are incredible. It looks like Bo finally has some competition from the Herrero brothers.

Thanks Jake, they really were an amazing sight!

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Kim was sad or jealous because our group seemed to see all the animals.....I'M jealous of your group because all we saw was a fog bank at the Poas Volcano!!!! You guys got lucky!!! :drool:

PS- almost cliche here, but it really was awesome getting to meet all the Palm talk attendees in person.

PSS- I didn't know Bobby in NY sang so well!!

Bobby was awesome! He had the room jumpin!

Bill, we were in different groups and I didn't get to talk to you much, but it was a real pleasure finally meeting you in person!

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Wednesday May 7, 2008 - Braulio Carrillo National Park followed by the rainforest tram

Our bus was starting to climb the mountain - drive by photo

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Driving to the park entrance, views of the park from the road

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Welfia? at the entrance to the park

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Our guide Jimmy took us to a trail leading into the forest

Euterpe

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Cryosophila

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Welfia maybe? I was at a loss in this forest, there were too many palms to look at and try to identify!

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Our guide Jimmy. I think he was saying how snakes like to lay in the middle of these litter collecting palms

Maybe Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana?

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We met up with another group from our bus coming from the other direction. Here is Andrew Henderson identifying this palm. Unfortunately, I don't remember what he said.

Maybe Bactris hondurensis?

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Help me Ray, which one was this again?

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Darold Petty

The bromeliad at Vulcan Poas in Post # 41 was ID'd as Werauhia ororiensis. (not by me, but by someone knowledgeable! :mrlooney: )

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Musa bloom

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Hi Jeff,

Very nice photos!

This banana looks like a Musa coccinea.

Also the Ensete, looks like an Ensete ventricosum.

Regards,

Luis Diego.

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Hi Jeff,

Very nice photos!

This banana looks like a Musa coccinea.

Also the Ensete, looks like an Ensete ventricosum.

Regards,

Luis Diego.

Luis- It was great to meet you for a short time at the banquet!

Bill

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Hi Jeff,

Very nice photos!

This banana looks like a Musa coccinea.

Also the Ensete, looks like an Ensete ventricosum.

Regards,

Luis Diego.

Thanks Luis! It was great finally meeting you and your brother. I have pictures of you guys that I will post soon. I hope the palms are doing ok. Thanks again for the trade!

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