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Jeff in St Pete

BS Man (Bill) and Kim

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Roomies for the Biennial - Robert and Donald

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Me and Phil - my new friend from Barbados. Love the Bajans!

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Julie and Bren with part of the table centerpiece.

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Jeff in St Pete

Donald, Myself and Faith

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Cari and Bobby with Dean our moderator in the middle

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Me with my new friend Dottie

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Jack (elHoagie) and me

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Florida gal
Farewell Dinner - Friday night

The dance floor is ready

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The band

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BobbyinNY got up and sang a couple songs. He was awesome!

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He really got the crowd dancing!

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We were on Bus #1 with you, Jeff, and had no idea you were taking such great pictures and had the memory to go with them. I was boggled by the number of plants we saw, and struggling to get up and down the mountains in the higher altitudes. Thanks for sharing your photos with us. Your new friend, Dottie

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Jeff in St Pete

Dottie! I'm so glad to see you posting on PalmTalk. Show us some of your pictures. I love the picture you recently sent me!

I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. It was difficult picking photos to post. I took more than 1,500 pictures last week :blink:

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SubTropicRay

Amazing photo journalism Jeff. I had no idea you had taken so many excellent shots.

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MattyB

Great stuff Jeff, thanks!!!!!! Look at Bobby go!!!! haha

OK, now down to palm stuff.

The palm in posts 99 & 100: This looks like some sort of Geonoma to me. Anyone know what it is? I love the salmon colored trunk.

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Salvades

Fabulous Pictures! Thank you for making us feel as though we were on the trip with you! I am new to the Palm world, but through your lense I have been drawn even further in!

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Walter John

I won't make Brazil, sorry Gileno and Don and others, but I should be okay for Thailand 2012. At the moment it is a real bargain fare to fly there from here in Australia.

Thanks everyone for this photo bonanza of the Costa Rica biennial, very inspiring, can't get over how bloody big/tall those Welfias are.

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amazondk

Wal,

I was looking forward to having a cold beer on Avenida Atlantica in Copacabana. Who knows maybe some promotional fare will come up to Brazil. It is a long way from Australia though. I hope to get to Thailand as well. Even though it is a bit tough to plan 4 years out.

dk

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Jeff in St Pete

Thanks Ray! It's hard to take a bad picture when the palm scenery is so spectacular :)

Matty, once again I wish I had taken notes! Maybe I'll be better prepared for Brazil.

I'm sure someone that saw this palm can ID it. Henderson's list did not include Geonoma at Carara National Park so I'm not sure what it could be.

Salvades, Welcome to the wonderful world of palms! You will learn a lot about palms by reading and participating on PalmTalk!

Wal, I'm sure some of my group was tired of hearing me say "look at that HUGE Welfia!" or "look how tall these Geonoma's are" I was in awe walking around the forest at Braulio Carillo National Park. I would have liked to walk some of those trails twice, there are so many plants and palms that I know I missed.

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Kathryn

Great pictures Jeff! It was nice to finally meet you, even though it wasn't until the second to last night. I missed so many people in DR so I tried to find all the Palm Talk people in Costa Rica, but I think I still missed a few. See you in Rio!

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Jeff in St Pete

Thanks Kathryn. It was nice finally meeting you too!

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osideterry

Jeff - I just viewed/read this in one sitting... 132 posts. Thank you. How cool that a local guy could see and share this with the rest of us. And the sense of discovery... what's just around the next turn... Thanks again.

I have to make Brazil in 2010.

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Gileno Machado

Amazing coverage Jeff, thanks a lot. This is the kind of photo essay that encourages everyone to participate in the next biennial events. I'll have to visit Costa Rica someday...

Ohhh, and those Iriarteas... :drool:

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Jeff in St Pete

Terry, the palms and other tropical plants around every turn were mind boggling. You should definitely go to Brazil, that's sure to be another great Biennial!

Gileno, thanks for the kind words. The Iriarteas were stunning! I just planted a 3 gal size on the property and I can't wait to see it grow. Please let me know when you come to Costa Rica.

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RainForestt Robert

Jeff, really nice photos. I like to see photos of things that I missed. The volcano crater was a total washout for us, just clouds. Your photos show what an amazing sight the crater is. The waterfall photos are good. I was totally blown away by La Paz.

RainForestt Robert

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Jeff in St Pete

Robert, I guess our group got lucky that day seeing the crator.

LaPaz was one of my favorite stops. Between the birds, the gardens and the waterfalls, you can't ask for much more.

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BobbyinNY
Robert, I guess our group got lucky that day seeing the crator.

LaPaz was one of my favorite stops. Between the birds, the gardens and the waterfalls, you can't ask for much more.

I'm with you on that, Jeff... that was Cari & my favorite too..... La Paz was breathtaking.... Cari has a ton of great pics as well - I'll have to get some of them on here.

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palmtreesforpleasure

Hi Bobby

Looks like you had one of the best room mates :) , Say hi Cari

regards

Colin and Denise

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Jeff in St Pete

Since I downloaded more pics, I thought I would post some more.

The Poas Volcano

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That's Stephen in the center and Phil to the right of him with the white hat. They're both from the beautiful island of Barbados.

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Jeff in St Pete

A close up of the sign explaining the second crater in Spanish and in English

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And a couple more shots of Botos Lagoon

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Jeff in St Pete

A few more bird pics from LaPaz Waterfall Gardens

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Julie and Bren during the luncheon at LaPaz

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Man made waterfall just outside the restaurant

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The color of these Cannas really stood out

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Jeff in St Pete

More waterfall pictures. I have to say, this was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.

Looking up into the forest surrounding this waterfall

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Julie getting her picture taken by the falls

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The top of one of the waterfalls

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The stream below one of the falls

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Jeff in St Pete

A few more pics from LaPaz Waterfalls

From the top of another one of the falls, you can see the stream running below

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One of many stairs to descend

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Jeff in St Pete

Some additional shots of the farewell dinner

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Bo addressing the crowd and Oscar translating in Spanish.

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Dave and Geri Prall

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Jeff in St Pete

The table displays of heliconias were all over the place by the end of the evening!

Voltaire

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Faith Bishok holding one over Julie and Bren

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Jeff in St Pete

The view from my room

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A look down the hallway, the hotel was a nice mixture of inside meets outside

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Pandanus stilt roots, that's the door to my room on the left.

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More shots of inside the hotel

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Off the main lobby during a rainstorm. There's a huge Caryota in seed in the background.

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Pool bar and restaurant

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Jeff in St Pete

A couple homes near the gift shop we stopped at one day

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Some of the crowd of Bus #1 and #2 at the giftshop

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Jeff in St Pete

Looking up into the crown of Astrocaryum alatum at Carara National Park

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These were beautiful palms when viewed from underneath

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And the seed

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aussiearoids

hey Jeff , is that a Cairns t-shirt I spy you behind that spiny seed ... gee I would not want to many of those in my pocket !

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Jeff in St Pete

Michael, I think Ray Hernandez was holding the seed for that picture. I believe he went to Australia in the last year or so. Good eye! I never noticed the shirt.

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Kev Spence

Many thanks for your beautiful exotic pictures from Costa Rica Jeff my wife and I enjoyed scrolling through them and it seems you all had a fantastic time.....loved those palms in seed soooo many of them..cool.

Partly through viewing yours and others photos my wife and I have decided to visit Costa Rica and very shortly too so do you have any condensed ideas of must see places that we should not miss during our 2 week stay at Tamarindo.

The one thing I have noticed the driving times to and from places, quoted on the net, seem quite long and so are the roads a lot slower to drive from what we would expect here in Europe.

As I say we are based at Tamarindo and wondered what sort of time would it take to get to the Arenal volcano.

Many thanks for any info

Kev

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Kathryn

Thanks for bumping this thread Kev - I enjoyed looking at the photos again!

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Jeff Searle

I find myself still coming back to look at more new pictures. I have been all over the world, for me Costa Rica ranks right up near the top of the list for offering so much. It offers so much and has many beautiful areas to visit. The locals go out of their way to be friendly, the food is very good and CR has one of the finest collections of palms found in the world. I would go back anytime!

Jeff

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Jeff in St Pete
Many thanks for your beautiful exotic pictures from Costa Rica Jeff my wife and I enjoyed scrolling through them and it seems you all had a fantastic time.....loved those palms in seed soooo many of them..cool.

Partly through viewing yours and others photos my wife and I have decided to visit Costa Rica and very shortly too so do you have any condensed ideas of must see places that we should not miss during our 2 week stay at Tamarindo.

The one thing I have noticed the driving times to and from places, quoted on the net, seem quite long and so are the roads a lot slower to drive from what we would expect here in Europe.

As I say we are based at Tamarindo and wondered what sort of time would it take to get to the Arenal volcano.

Many thanks for any info

Kev

Hi Kev, I'm glad you and your wife decided to come to Costa Rica! Tamarindo is in the NW corner of the country and driving times to many of the top attractions will be long. Arenal would be at least 3-4 hours one way . The speed limits are much lower than you are accustomed to and the police set up radar traps all the time. So be careful! If you want to see any of the places we visited during the Biennial, just be prepared for some very long drives.

I checked out this sight and the driving times are pretty close for the most part. I would say that some of the times are a little over-estimated by about 30 minutes or so. CR drive times

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Jeff in St Pete
I find myself still coming back to look at more new pictures. I have been all over the world, for me Costa Rica ranks right up near the top of the list for offering so much. It offers so much and has many beautiful areas to visit. The locals go out of their way to be friendly, the food is very good and CR has one of the finest collections of palms found in the world. I would go back anytime!

Jeff

Jeff, I couldn't agree with you more. The longer I live here, the more I love this country!

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mike in kurtistown

Incredibly, I missed this thread. I thought it had to do with pre-biennial stuff or something. The pictures are amazing. I remember people ogling the palms in posts 99-100. I suggested Geonoma interrupta. One of them had big red, branching fruit bracts low on the trunk, which supports G. interrupta (and undata too, actually).

I can help with ID's on many of the pics, by comparing with my mediocre pics of various palms supported by the excellent taxonomic skills of Andrew Henderson. Let me know.

MM

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Jeff in St Pete
Incredibly, I missed this thread. I thought it had to do with pre-biennial stuff or something. The pictures are amazing. I remember people ogling the palms in posts 99-100. I suggested Geonoma interrupta. One of them had big red, branching fruit bracts low on the trunk, which supports G. interrupta (and undata too, actually).

I can help with ID's on many of the pics, by comparing with my mediocre pics of various palms supported by the excellent taxonomic skills of Andrew Henderson. Let me know.

MM

Hi Mike, thanks for the Geonoma info! Please feel free to ID any of the palms that I posted pictures of.

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