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BS Man about Palms

(Palmarum @ Nov. 19 2006,19:21)

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - National Botanic Garden, Dr. Rafael Moscoso, Part 2

- (1:09pm) We were just heading towards the gate when we noticed this brightly colored palm hidden under a Bismarck Palm. The color of red, that covered all the petioles and rachis, is real and not edited. Jeff and I were stumped, and had no idea what the genus could be, let alone the species. I know the color has got to be a juvenile characteristic, and is not on a mature palm. The size scale of the leaves, leaflets, and leaf bases suggest a moderate to small palm. If anyone knows what it is, or can suggest a genus, post away.

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- (1:10pm) Same palm as above, photographed to show the entire plant.

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- (1:16pm) Near the gate of the garden, this bright red croton variety shines brightly in full sun.

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- (1:21pm) Not far from the above red croton, was this smaller, shade grown individual. It had wide range of mixed colors, splashed on lanceolate leaves.

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Ryan

But let me be the first on this page to say that palm in post #195 is stunning. I hope someone can name it!!

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Licuala

Hey Ryan,

I believe your mystery palm with the red petioles is Calyptronoma plumeriana.  

Here is a photo I taken at the university in Santo Domingo.

pablo

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Licuala

Here is a close up of the petioles.  

pablo

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Jeff Searle

(BS, Man about Palms @ Nov. 20 2006,10:36)

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So, Ryan "Post Away"!!!  :D

Bill, you are too much!! :D  I just somtimes try to picture you sitting at home twiddling your thumbs waiting for the connection.  :D  Just break-down like I did and get DSL connection. Man, get with the program! Do I need to start a collection of donations to get you dialed in? :P  LOL.......your buddy

 Jeff :cool:

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Quote from Paul Craft:

"Hey Ryan,

I believe your mystery palm with the red petioles is Calyptronoma plumeriana."

Paul,

Thanks for that ID. It looks like you nailed it. I was prepared to start a new thread to make sure we got that beauty named.

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Jeff Searle

(Licuala @ Nov. 20 2006,19:16)

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Hey Ryan,

I believe your mystery palm with the red petioles is Calyptronoma plumeriana.  

Here is a photo I taken at the university in Santo Domingo.

pablo

Paul,

      Very, very good. I'm impressed. But let me ask you, if you had not seen it there, would your keen eye take you to Calyptronoma? It's such a beautiful palm that is not in cultivation, why???

  Jeff

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BS Man about Palms

(Jeff Searle @ Nov. 20 2006,17:28)

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(BS @ Man about Palms,Nov. 20 2006,10:36)

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So, Ryan "Post Away"!!!  :D

Bill, you are too much!! :D  I just somtimes try to picture you sitting at home twiddling your thumbs waiting for the connection.  :D  Just break-down like I did and get DSL connection. Man, get with the program! Do I need to start a collection of donations to get you dialed in? :P  LOL.......your buddy

 Jeff :cool:

Its in the planning stages...I should be on DSL by the end of the year... :)

I usually read all the "fast loading" threads, then start Ryans posts loading and I go watch TV. I then come check on the half hour breaks!  lol

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Hey Ryan,

I believe your mystery palm with the red petioles is Calyptronoma plumeriana.  

Here is a photo I taken at the university in Santo Domingo.

pablo

Paul, Thanks for pinning the I.D. on this palm. It was the only 'blank' I had from the entire biennial. It is an unusual palm for sure, but I have seen small specimens of C. dulcis (old name of C. plumeriana) in cultivation, and they did not have the color. Unless the coloring is a result of it being an interspecies variety, or an environmental anomaly. All we need is a specimen outside the DR with that color, to disprove that theory. Thanks, again  :D  It would be a welcome addition to my collection anyday, and it should grow here fine.

2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - National Botanic Garden, Dr. Rafael Moscoso, Part 2 - Old Colonial Zone

Our taxi driver held a smile from ear to ear, as we exited the garden. He was parked in the shade, waiting for us to return. Last minute photos of the garden were taken as our group packed themselves into the taxi. We were bound for the Old Colonial Zone to meet up with other attendees.

- (1:41pm) Just as we were leaving the garden, Jim Glock shows his appreciation for this very nice Pseudophoenix vinifera.

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- (1:56pm) On route to the Colonial Zone, our driver took us on a brief tour of downtown Santo Domingo. We went by a few landmarks fairly fast, and our taxi was packed full and this made photography tricky. One shot I was able to make, was this photo of the United States Embassy as we were driving by.

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- (2:20pm) Our taxi dropped us off near El Conde Street, and we walked to Columbus Square. We reached the familiar restaurant on the north-west corner of Columbus Square, and sat down to a few drinks with other attendees. Arriving to the restaurant just before we did, were attendees Kate Ostadal (Kathryn) and Ray & Theresa Gompf. Everyone from both groups had stories to tell about their days so far. The el Presidente's made even the most colorful stories come forward.

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- (2:46pm) In an area adjacent to the restaurant, Kate gives a thirsty dog some water.

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Zac in NC

(BS @ Man about Palms,Nov. 20 2006,20:37)

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Its in the planning stages...I should be on DSL by the end of the year... :)

I usually read all the "fast loading" threads, then start Ryans posts loading and I go watch TV. I then come check on the half hour breaks!  lol

Damn Bill. Thats rough. 2 hours to load page 5?

Zac

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Zac in NC

(Dave Butler @ Nov. 17 2006,07:33)

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(Zac in NC @ Nov. 12 2006,12:54)

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Wow.  Hope you don't go over the bandwidth on the photobucket account.

Zac

Who in the heck uses Photobucket  :(

I use it. I find its the easiest way to post multiple pictures to this forum and others. Ryan obviously uses it too.

Zac

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - Old Colonial Zone

This time spent relaxing at the restaurant, talking with attendees, and exploring the colonial zone was an essential part of the biennial. On any trip to see palms in their natural habitat, time must be taken to explore the country they are in, while on a biennial or not. One attendee noted that these moments are 'bookmarks' in the lives of palm enthusiasts. With our two groups joined together at the restaurant; we spent the next two hours plus, walking from store to store, doing some last day shopping.

- (3:05pm) Our complete group sitting at a table outside the restaurant. Ray & Theresa Gompf had just left to get a head start on shopping, with ourselves not far behind. It takes a lot of energy to keep up with those two. Clockwise from foreground center: the ultimate biennial guides, Judy & Jim Glock, forum member and frequent abuse target Jack Sayers (elHoagie), forum member Kate Ostadal (Kathryn), Jeff & Andrea Searle, and forum members and nursery owners Cynthia & Jerry Andersen (jdapalms).

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- (3:22pm) Two doors down from the restaurant was a jewelry store with a museum on the second floor. This shop was right on Columbus Square, so it saw quite a bit of tourist traffic. The prices reflected this flow of unwavering shoppers. While many perused the jewerly selection, I made my way to the second floor museum. The museum had a open balcony, which I made use of for this panoramic view of Columbus Square. Christopher Columbus's familiar statue can be seen on the left, with the Basilica Manor in the background.

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- (3:23pm) The national stone of the Dominican Republic is volcanic blue pectolite, also known as Larimar. This bright blue to white gemstone is actually a very high grade of marble. It is only found on one place on Earth, areas surrounding the Bahoruco River, near Barahona. It is actually found throughout the Earth's crust, but requires an extreme tectonic event to bring it near the surface. Near the beginning of the Bahoruco River, an ancient volcano, once active 100 million years ago, brought the components to make Larimar near the surface. After the volcano began to erode, Larimar trickled its way down the river to the coast. This display at the museum educated visitors, along with showing some some impressive examples of the gemstone.

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- (3:27pm) Downstairs in the store, one display case held this one large piece of amber, another treasure of the Dominican Republic.

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Licuala

Jeff,

I don't know why Calyptronoma plumeriana is not in cultivation.  I know I never had any luck germinating seed of it.  and yes, if I had not already seen it in DR, I would never have guessed what Ryan's picture was.  

Ryan,

The C. plumeriana in Cuba has NO red in the petioles.  The red color seems unique to the Dominican Republic version.  Go figure ???

pablo

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Bilbo

Great meeting and great company.

Old friends (two of whom are engaged!) and new friends.

If anyone wondered about that guard in Moscoso Park with the automatic rifle which might be considered the mark of a dictator: its the opposite in fact the country is a democracy as could be seen by election posters up for different candidates.

They once had a very nasty Dictator (Trujillo) and they dont want another!

It is reliably claimed that the Agency helped him to power and same Agency eventually supplied the arms for his well planned assasination.

Yeah nothing surprises me.

Regardez all

Jon

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - Old Colonial Zone

We shopped along the stores bordering Columbus Square for a short while, than made our way back to the first store we went to a week earlier. As we walked across the square, we were bombarded by the usual assortment of beggars, shoe-shine kids, and many unrelenting hawkers of nefarious merchandise. We made our way into the store , and met up with Ray & Theresa Gompf, who were already bartering over items.

Before I describe the following photos, one aspect of Dominican life has to be mentioned...and that being the chemical concoction known as Mamajuana. Many of you who were at the biennial, either tried it, or knows of someone who did. Some of you might even be cursing me for even bringing it up, depending on the reaction you had.  But, either way it is definitely part of Dominican life and folklore and has been for centuries. Very loosely described, Mamajuana is a composite cocktail, consisting of various herbs, spices, leaves, and twigs stuffed into a large bottle, along with honey, wine and rum. The whole thing is left to ferment, for who knows how long, in a dark spot somewhere. The end result has been described as everything from a cough medicine to liquid viagra. Every country seems to have their own 'home-grown' drink, and Mamajuana is no exception. The exact list of ingredients is a mystery to everyone, thankfully, except to only a handfull of families on the island that still produce it. I did try it, the first time we went to the large store near the square. I will say I got no strong effects from it, other people however had different experiences. Some said they felt as if their feet never touched the ground for a half hour, while others had an intense compulsion to vomit. To each their own, I guess.

- (3:59pm) After reaching the store, we all spread out to view the merchandise. In the rear of the store, a small liquor and tobacco section held numerous cigars and bottles of rum for sale. One thing they didn't sell, but gave away, was free shots of Mamajuana to who ever wanted to try it. Those of us who did it earlier in the week, egged on the other attendees to try it. One participant was our own Jack Sayers (elHoagie), pictured here downing his trial shot of Mamajuana. Jim Glock is on the right, awaiting Jack's reaction to it. "Bleh".

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- (4:02pm) The salesperson/bartender, as it were, pours another shot of Mamajuana for another daring soul. You can barely see the array of ingredients inside the Mamajuana bottle in his hand. We all got a close look at it, and wondered how someone would have figured this out to be a drink. Either boredom or desperation must have contributed to its creation centuries ago.

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- (4:34pm) At this point in our shopping spree, we noticed the time, and made our way back along El Conde Street to catch a taxi back to the hotel. We wanted to have plenty of time to unwind before the farewell dinner. Halfway up El Conde Street, Kate Ostadal (Kathryn) and Ray Gompf look over a selection of stones at a shop counter.

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- (4:43pm) A short-lived shopping craze started when Andrea Searle purchased a unique hand-carved bamboo beer stein. A two-part bamboo holder and insulator for beer bottles. She decided to get more than one, and as she was looking for more, other attendees decided they wanted them also. Then the search ensued. Jerry Andersen (jdapalms) finds a pair to buy at the store's bar area.

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

If you thought the six of us who packed into one taxi was a lot, the entire previous group piled into one on our way back to the hotel. It was a cozy ride to say the least. When we arrived back at the hotel, many attendees had since returned from the nursery tour, and were relaxing at the lobby bar and around the pool. We still had some time until the farewell dinner later that evening. Since this was going to be the last time all attendees were together, many took the time to say their farewells, exchange business cards, or just share in how they had a great time.

- (6:23pm) Biennial Host Dr. Emilio Martínez, famed plastic surgeon and doctor of the Green Bus, relaxes poolside as we came downstairs after returning to the hotel.

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- (6:23pm) More members of the Green Bus relaxing in and around the pool, along with Group C (Orange) attendee Michael Merritt from Hawaii. Andrea Searle, Judy Norris, and Jeff Searle share conversations about our day while Paul Norris enjoys a beverage in the pool.

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- (7:08pm) By this time, the farewell dinner was almost upon us. Many attendees had retired to their rooms, only to return shortly thereafter to the hotel lobby. Biennial Host Leonel Mera [seated] provided attendees with palm seed collected throughout the biennial. Just about every species we viewed in habitat was available.

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- (7:14pm) Well known in South Florida for his knowledge and experience, attendee Larry Aronson "The Plant Guy" waits for dinner to begin. Larry is a long time volunteer at Montgomery Botanical Center, and recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

Originally, the scheduled time for the farewell dinner was 7:30 PM, but a slight delay occured in preparation so it was rescheduled to 8:00 PM. No worries at all. Many attendees were graciously inebriated at this point, so many didn't even notice. It was one of only a few occasions, that every biennial attendee was in the same room at the same time. The spirit in the air was incredible. Every single subject, moment, or palm tree in the world was all being debated, conversed about, or agreed upon. By now, I had put a great deal more 'names with faces' since the biennial's conception. I was able to make connections with people I would have otherwise had never met. That alone was worth the price of admission.

- (7:21pm) This photo of the bar scene might look a bit unusual. The lighting perhaps? Everything and everyone was lit by my flash, because the power had gone out again. It returned soon after, after flickering off and on a few times.

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- (7:23pm) South Florida palm enthusiasts and society members Paulette & Bill Sears pose on one of the hotel's antique sofas.

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- (7:26pm) Most, or if not all, of the attendees had gathered in the lobby by this time. Many got in line to get some seeds to bring home with them. On the left, Jeff Searle asks for some, only to get a wry smile from Leonel Mera.

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- (7:49pm) When no one was looking, or so I thought, I snuck into the dining room, Gran Salon Consular, to take a few photos. The theme for the evening was "Caribbean Night". The decorations and floral arrangements were stunning. Many were accently by flood lights and unique candles, and offset by the fine china and silverware.

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Jeff Searle

Ryan,

     EXCELLENT ! I can't really say it any other way. Now were down to the last BIG night. I'm afraid to see what pics. are next. It was a little wild that night.

   Jeff

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Zac in NC

Thanks for all of the pictures you have posted so far. I almost feel sad knowing that its coming to a close now.

Zac

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bgl

If Ryan posts all the pictures he took that final night I have a hunch this thread could keep going for a LONG time... :D  

Great job, Ryan!

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Zac in NC

Well that sounds great Bo. Bring on the pics Ryan.

Zac

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

Just before dinner began, I tried to get as many portrait and group shots as I could. It was overwhelming, since so many people represented so many combinations.

- (7:51pm) A quad of forum members all discussing the same things, without a computer. I tried to photograph as many forum members as I could on the biennial. I have been posting the photographs of the ones I could match up with their forum names, but there are a few that probably slipped through the cracks. From left to right: Jeff Searle, Bo-Göran Lundkvist (bgl), Jerry Andersen (jdapalms), and Allan Bredeson (Al in Kona).

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- (7:55pm) A trio of very familiar 'Green Bus' attendees posing for one of many photos. Judy Glock, Jeff Searle, and landscape designer Paul Richnow from the island of Nevis.

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- (7:57pm) Paul Richnow finds himself with one of those mysterious green drinks with the lime wedges, as Jim Glock points out that it has a kick to it. Forum member Kate Ostadal (Kathryn) gets caught in the middle of the discussion.

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- (7:59pm) New connections and friendships were formed all the time during the biennial. Here is one new group of friends: Biennial Host Leonel Mera, Brazilian attendee Jose Pompeo, and the always lively Judy Glock.

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BS Man about Palms

(Zac in NC @ Nov. 20 2006,20:30)

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(BS @ Man about Palms,Nov. 20 2006,20:37)

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Its in the planning stages...I should be on DSL by the end of the year... :)

I usually read all the "fast loading" threads, then start Ryans posts loading and I go watch TV. I then come check on the half hour breaks!  lol

Damn Bill. Thats rough. 2 hours to load page 5?

Zac

I actually got to the point I went to sleep and read it the next day, so I 'm guessing a bit....

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Thanks for all of the pictures you have posted so far. I almost feel sad knowing that its coming to a close now. Zac

Well all good things must come to an end...

If Ryan posts all the pictures he took that final night I have a hunch this thread could keep going for a LONG time... :D  

Great job, Ryan!

I took so many photos of that night, I can't post them all, even if I wanted to.  :)  I would like to get as many people in as I can, since everyone was in such a great mood. Everyone showed pure expressions, whether it was the booze or the atmosphere. Either way it was a goldmine for the candid-photojournalistic photographer.

2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

Let the shooting begin! Not in the way you might think, but at this point I was taking portraits and poses at a very fast pace. Many wanted their picture taken with many others, and I was happy to oblige, just like at the welcoming dinner. That evening seemed to have been a long time ago, but it was only a week earlier. With the assistance of well consumed alcohol, many of these photos were easy to take with little or no persistence. No rhyme intended.

- (8:02pm) Jeff & Andrea Searle pose with high spirits in front of the buffet table, and its stunning flower arrangements.

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- (8:05pm) Andrea, Jeff, Jim & Judy wanted photos with various other attendees, so I took turns following each around the dinning room, firing away. Many people wanted photos with the always matching Ray & Theresa Gompf. The biennial was a great experience sharing it with the Gompfs, since I have known them a long time.

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- (8:08pm) I followed Jim & Judy Glock around for a short while and they came across this one table near the dance floor. Posing with them are Karolyn & Bo-Göran Lundkvist (bgl) and Cynthia & Jerry Andersen (jdapalms). I know you would be wondering what Jerry was doing, he was getting his camera ready for me to take the same shot. You can't get every photo perfect.   :;):  It was a great pleasure to have met Bo and Jerry, having only knowing them through the internet, and their reputations.

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- (8:11pm) The five of us continued to meander through the dinner tables until we bumped into Barry Lang. Taking a photo was instantaneous at this point. Barry has a wonderful admiration for palms and he was always friendly, and shared his wealth of knowledge freely.

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Bilbo

Thanks Ryan for the incredible pics.

We had our first seasonal frost and those pics have sure warmed up - would reach for a Presidente but you cant get it over here.

Best beer Iv ever sampled!

Regardez

Juan

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Jeff Searle

Looking at pic. #223, can't you get the feeling that Bo and JimGlock could be brothers? Maybe long lost "palm brothers", or even cousins.  :P

Jeff

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Jeff,

Depending on how many generations you go back, I'm sure we're all related! :)

Bo-Göran

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

- (8:13pm) One of my favorite group shots taken at the farewell dinner. Everyone seemed to fall into place with little or no effort. Top row, left to right: Palm society members from the west coast of Florida Geri & David Prall, Judy Glock, Jack Sayers (elHoagie), Andrea & Jeff Searle, South Florida IPS member John W. Greenleaf, [bottom row, left to right:] nursery manager and IPS member Lora S. Sakai, the conductor of this group shot Jim Glock, long time society member and nursery owner Claude Roatta, and sister of Lora S. Sakai, her name unfortunately never made it into my notes.

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- (8:13pm) Jeff Searle finds Dr. Scott Zona, palm biologist for Fairchild TB Garden, and poses for the shot.

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- (8:15pm) Jim Glock and Jeff Searle both said "We need a picture with elHoagie!" A quick search and they found Jack Sayers, and grabbed him into the photo.

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- (8:19pm) When Kate Ostadal (Kathryn) and her friend from Louisiana, Jayanne Crawley got together and posed in front of the flowers, a situation began. Everyone else wanted to be in the same shot with them, including myself. One of many to do so, was South Florida society member Ron Kiefert.

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

- (8:21pm) Jim & Judy Glock were quite lively by this time, as so were many other attendees, including their friends from Mexico, Mike & Lupita Butler.

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- (8:27pm) Expeditionary guide, and linguist extraordinaire Randall Quirk poses between Jayanne Crawley and Kate Ostadal (Kathryn). Randall was waiting patiently for the music to begin, and you will see why.

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- (8:28pm) Not far from the dance floor, was Brazilian attendee Christiane Pompeo and her brother Jose Pompeo.

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- (8:31pm) Still with his hand bandaged, Dr. Larry Noblick of the Montgomery Botanical Center still manages to have fun. Here he is, posing next to Judy Glock.

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

- (8:40pm) A pair of great friends, and one incredible doctor, Paul & Judy Norris and Dr. Emilio Martinez. Not only was Emilio great in the field stiching up injuries, but he also helped many of the attendees that had internal problems. It was both a pleasure and an honor to have met all three of them.

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- (8:42pm) Good friends, good times, and a whole lot of good booze. I think the latter of the three had more to do with this photo than anything else. Ron Kiefert, Randall Quirk, Jim Glock and Jeff Searle.

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- (8:44pm) Another interesting group shot of the members from Group A (Blue). Many I did not have the pleasure to had met, but I did meet some of them. On the far left in the black shirt is Santiago Orts, who gave the presentation on gourmet date production from Spain. Top center, is Brazilian attendee Jose Pompeo, and his sister Christiane Pompeo just in front of him. Just in front of her is Portuguese attendee Azra Ajdinovic, with Lupita Butler from Mexico on Azra's left. Towards the rear, second from the right is presenter Raul Verdecia who gave a wonderful slide show on the palms of Cuba.

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- (8:45pm) Friendships know no bounds, even when a wee bit of alcohol is involved.

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

Just before dinner was served, we managed to take some interesting group shots and certain individual poses of note. Since I was very hungry at this point, and it is usually bad form to take photos of people eating, I took a rest from shooting. The selection of food was spectacular. Every buffet favorite along with local delicacies were spread out in large portions in elegant fashion. It was a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Dinner began roughly at 9:00 PM, and went on for about an hour. The table talk as you might expect, was very sprited and heavy in lust and excitement over what was a triumphant biennial.

- (8:50pm) "Bar-ry! Bar-ry! Bar-ry!" A common chant among members from the Green Bus, who wanted to cheer Barry Lang on towards biennial fandom. Many of the women wanted to make real 'special' photos for certain attendees. Barry was voted to be one such attendee. As he is corralled and fondled over by them: Jayanne Crawley, Christiane Pompeo, Cynthia Andersen, Andrea Searle, Judy Glock, and Kate Ostadal (Kathryn). The photo really doesn't give the scene justice, you had to have been there to feel the emotion. I will let you guess which one had the idea to do the photo...and no it was not me. I can't take the credit for this one.

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- (8:52pm) The distinguished Dr. John Dransfield becomes immortalized in a photo next to Jeff Searle. It was my second time meeting Dr. John Dransfield, and it was an esteemed pleasure. I wish more time was available to talk with him and many other people, but time was fleeting, as was the biennial at this point. He was very friendly, and easy to talk to about anything I could think of to ask.

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- (8:52pm) The same group from above went out in search of another candidate for biennial immortality, and came across the forum's own Bilbo, Jon Kenahan. He went right into the part with gusto and spirit. I hope you don't get in trouble for this photo, Jon. I could not resist.

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- (9:51pm) The incredible dinner had passed, with both enjoyment and bereavement, since it was our last meal together. Everyone relaxed and ate dessert, while Jim Glock took a short break.

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Jeff Searle

Ryan,Ryan,Ryan, What great pictures! I just can't stop laughing while looking at Jim at "quiet time".  LOL

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Zac in NC

Thanks for more pictures. Looks like everyone had a great time, and an even better time when alcohol was present. LOL

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR - Finale

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

When dinner had concluded, many attendees were getting their next drink, or relishing over the incredible spread of food we dined on. At 10:00 PM, presentations were given up at the podium in the dining room's far corner. Even at this point in the evening, some were bidding farewell to others, and returning to their rooms. Depending on their flight which left the next day, certain attendees had to leave the hotel at 4:30 AM the following morning. It was a somber occasion as some began to party into the evening, while others were leaving the biennial.

- (10:00pm) The presentations began with IPS President Paul Craft (licuala) introducing our most gracious host of the biennial, Leonel Mera. All the planning, organizing, and development of the biennial was his idea and creation, with help from the IPS Board of directors and volunteers. Attendee Lupita Butler provided translation for Leonel. He spoke of how gratifying it was to see the biennial come to fruition. It was a pleasure for him to share his countries' diverse palm population with all of the biennial attendees.

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- (10:00pm) A loud cheer went up as Leonel completed his speech, and brought the 2006 IPS Biennial of the Dominican Republic to a close. It was very emotional as many gave Leonel a standing ovation.

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- (10:01pm) Very important volunteers helped Leonel in bringing the 2006 Biennial from dream to reality. He took the time here to thank them all.

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- (10:05pm) Former IPS Vice-President Leland Lai was introduced and he provided attendees with where and when the next biennial was being held. He gave lush details of the 2008 Biennial that will be held in Costa Rica. He was asking for volunteers that were familiar with the country to aid him in planning the next biennial. From the stories I've been told of Costa Rica and its flora, the next biennial ought to be utterly unbelievable.

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2006 IPS Biennial - DR - Finale

Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

The conclusion of the biennial was at hand, and many people were in the partying mood. Some more than others, but many to say the least. To begin the party, and to end the biennial with a smash, many Carnival dancers were invited to perform for us. And they did, with incredible flair and dancing precision. The DJ kept the music loud and very upbeat.

- (10:10pm) IPS President Paul Craft (licuala) took the podium to share his warm feelings of the biennial, and how he enjoyed the experience. He wished everyone a fond farewell and a safe journey home. The conclusion of his last biennial duty, was to begin the party that many were ready for. Lupita Butler was more than happy to carry on his words of fondness and celebration.

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- (10:12pm) At the very second the presentation concluded, the first group of dancers emerged from a door, to the left of the dance floor. Salsa music filled the room, and the dancers moved to the beat very quickly. Their spirit was contagious and many attendees began to dance on their own inbetween the tables.

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- (10:12pm) The dancers performed brilliantly, matching each other in both movement and expression.

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- (10:13pm) The costumes were as lively as their smiles, and their energy they had seemed limitless.

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Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

Just as the first group of dancers began their routine, a few elaborately-clad Carnivale performers made their way through the crowd. They were handing out hand-woven hats and party favors. By this time, the party was heating up and attendees were working their way towards the dance floor, by way of the bar.

- (10:15pm) One Carnivale performer entered the dining room from the back and surprised people as he began to hand out hats.

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- (10:16pm) With a hat and a few noise makers, attendee and forum member Jon Kenahan (Bilbo) fits into the party scene very quickly.

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- (10:17pm) Many attendees, led by Leonel Mera, make their way onto the dance floor. I couldn't figure out this one dance type.

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- (10:17pm) If a particular form of dance existed, it found its way to the dance floor. Donning their new hats, attendees begin to party the night away.

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Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

The next group of dancers appeared with huge fanfare. They were welcomed with incredible music with a fast paced beat, and a rush of surprised reactions from the attendees. They wore brightly decorated costumes complete with large headdresses composed of numerous fluorescent-colored feathers.

- (10:19pm) The Carnivale performers awaited at the front of the DJ stand to welcome in the next group of dancers. Soon after the music went from fast to faster, and the dancers entered from the left.

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- (10:19pm) The new group of dancers also numbered four, and the women entered first to a large 'wow' from the crowd. Their scant costumes offered little covering, but quite a few alcohol-driven calls from certain attendees. It was all fun to watch regardless.

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- (10:21pm) It was amazing how some costumes stay on, with all the movement they do.

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- (10:21pm) Insert your own adjective here. By now, the dancers were moving faster than my flash could keep up.

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Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

- (10:22pm) One attendee finds a good way to hold on to one dancer.

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- (10:22pm) Same attendee and dancer from above, and they really 'meshed' together when it came to dancing as a pair. The exposure is a bit low, I was taking photos too fast for my flash to keep up.

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- (10:22pm) I turn just for a second to find our own forum member Jack Sayers (elHoagie) dancing his heart out. I would say sorry Jack about posting this photo, but I am going to do it again in a bit.

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- (10:24pm) Yes, doctors do dance. Here is biennial host Dr. Emilio Martinez doing just that with a fellow attendee. Many people were making song requests, so the theme of the party began to change greatly. From oldies to 80's to popular dance all found their way to the speakers.

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Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

A few attendees began to trickle out through the dining room at this point. Some couldn't handle their alcohol, while others just had to get up early the next day. It was official that the 2006 IPS Biennial was over, but many partied on regardless. The end of my topic is almost at hand. I don't have a traditional setting sun photo to post at the end, since the biennial didn't end at one. It ended way past when the sun set. I have one photo to end the party with, but to end the topic I might choose something else.

- (10:25pm) This photo is where I say sorry Jack, but it was too good to pass up. Hopefully the other forum members will be lenient. This was a spur-of-the-moment conga line that formed in the middle of the dance floor. Biennial host Leonel Mera is on the side, instructing people on what to do. Jack Sayers (elHoagie) shows the two dancers bracketing him on how it is done.

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- (10:26pm) Biennial attendee Lora S. Sakai dances with a Carnivale performer. You can see in the lower right corner the bells the performer has attached to himself. When it comes to attracting attention these guys do not mess around. Dominicans take Carnivale very seriously, it lasts the entire month of February.

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- (10:27pm) Sarasota, Florida attendee Rob Branch dances with forum member Kate Ostadal (Kathryn). I had met both of them before the biennial, but it was an added bonus to share it with them. They each have their own unique flair, which made the trip even more special to experience.

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- (10:29pm) Dancing was contagious among forum members including Allan Bredeson (Al in Kona).

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Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

- (10:30pm) Attendee Lora S. Sakai and her sister dance along with one performer. The two sisters had quite a bit of fun the last day of the biennial.

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- (10:32pm) Biennial attendee and expeditionary guide Randall Quirk picks up one dancer and whirls her around. He was a dancer himself in a previous career earlier in his life, but it was a long time ago.

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- (10:32pm) When I said long time ago I was telling the truth. He spun her around a little too fast. He did manage to break her fall by almost breaking his hand.

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- (10:33pm) Houston area attendees Judy & Paul Norris in the middle of the action take a break. Sharing the biennial with them, and their incredible take on life was amazing. Paul's face completely explains the biennial and the farewell dinner all in one expression.

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Day 8 - Saturday, October 7th

Santo Domingo - El Embajador Hotel

- (10:34pm) Where ever there is a party, Jeff Searle is sure to follow. Here he is performing to the popular dance song, "Cotton-Eye Joe" by Rednex [1994]. Joining him are Kate Ostadal (Kathryn), Jayanne Crawley, and his wife Andrea.

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- (10:36pm) When attendee Lora S. Sakai and her sister are around, they attract attention from just about everyone. Here, two of the Carnivale performers decide to join them for a dance, or two, or three...

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- (10:38pm) IPS President Paul Craft (licuala) shares in the excitement with one of the biennial volunteers.

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- (11:09pm) The clock tolled 11:00 PM, and people kept on dancing. Whether it was the booze or just shear will, the few attendees remaining refused to rest. The song of the moment was "Y.M.C.A." by the interminably-aged group the Villiage People [1978].

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