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I have a lot of random shots that don't really belong in any of the other threads (Faces, for instance), so I'll be adding them in this thread. A few now and then when I have time. Feel free to add whatever you might have, and in no particular order, even though these five happen to have been taken the very first morning (Wednesday September 12), as we were leaving the Grand Four Wings Hotel in Bangkok.

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bgl

Transferring to the pick-up trucks on our way to Khao Yai National Park.

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bgl

And those spiffy leech socks sure made a fashion statement! :mrlooney:

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dalmatiansoap

Nice pics, but the real question is: why socks??

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Annika

I'd like to know the answer to that question too! I had on a pair of very very sturdy Sorel rubber rain boots and they were still able to inch their way, rather rapidly, up the surface so the socks felt like practically an afterthought...

One image I have to share here, not specifically the Biennial, but a familiar sight for anyone who flew in or out of Bangkok. Some nice airport architecture and green space at Suvarnabhumi Airport...

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dalmatiansoap

Thanks Annika,

To be honest there was one more pic posted somewhere in Thai tour treads where everybody in shadhouses are wearing HATS???

That one had no sence to me either , but, is there a sence after all lol?

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Annika

Hmm, I really don't know! :rolleyes: I wear hats everywhere myself! Heck, I am sitting indoors with a beanie on right now! No sense at all!

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bgl

In my opinion, the leech socks were very helpful. The leeches were TINY and since they were dark, they were difficult to see against a dark background, like a dark shoe or sock. Against the white background that the leech socks provided they were easy to find and get rid off. And as far as the hats - most people probably felt it was easier to keep the hats on since we were in and out of the shadehouse and between the buses and simply walking around out in the open. Here are a few more photos - on our way from Khao Yai National Park to Tawa Ravadee Hotel and then upon leaving the next morning. Annika with our driver (in Bus #2) and guide, Sam.

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Thursday morning September 13 we drove from Tawa Ravadee Hotel to Tub Larn National Park, which has a wild population of several hundred Corypha lecomtei. A few people got slightly carried away... :mrlooney: (And some made it WAY up into those Coryphas - others may have better pictures).

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After everybody was safely back on the buses we headed to Nong Nooch Garden 2, which is an enormous nursery operation. We ended driving around inside the nursery for a good 20 minutes with all seven buses, and of course still with police escort! :lol: And after that it was time for an outstanding lunch. :) Photo #4 shows a Nong Nooch crew potting up Cyrtistachys seedlings. In photo #5, Annika and Kim with a handful of the numerous (and I mean NUMEROUS) Borassus flabellifer.

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After lunch our seven buses left on the three hour drive to the main Nong Nooch #1 garden outside of Pattaya. At this point, we had TWO police cars in front of our bus caravan, and I couldn't resist getting a photo with a few of the officers during a stop we made on our way. :) In photo #2 - music with dance in the aisle!

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bgl

Arriving at Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden around 4 pm on Thursday September 13th with Kampon Tansacha and his entire crew waiting to welcome us! :)

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Daryl

Jeff had to outdo Ken Johnson's Corypha climb, so he scaled this C.lecomptei...

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Then an audience gathered...

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bgl

Thanks Daryl! :) Here are a few more. This is from our first morning at Nong Nooch when we basically drove through the nursery part (which is enormous) - bromeliad house, row of Coryphas (lecomtei I believe), Hyphaene, Borassus flabellifer, the city of Pattaya in the distance and the final photo during our first refreshment break that morning.

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bgl

The Coryphas were VERY popular! Seems to me, any respectable gym needs to add one of these to their inventory. For one thing, I know Bill would sign up... :rolleyes:

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bgl

Lots of things at Nong Nooch are simply astounding and the mass plantings of Copernicias certainly fall into that category. :)

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bgl

Another bromeliad house. And the Mobile Toilet Truck kept following us! I am guessing someone drank too much Singha the night before. :mrlooney: And last shot - Kampon - he was always there, talking with everyone and making sure that everything went smoothly. :)

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Daryl

Tranquil tropicalness...

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Just strolling along...

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These Giraffe weren't very lively though...

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bgl

Giraffe shots...oh, Daryl, don't tempt me! :lol:

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Jeff Searle

Jeff had to outdo Ken Johnson's Corypha climb, so he scaled this C.lecomptei...

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A new world record was set.....and on C. lecomtei to boot! I was just amazed looking at these beauties. And I think I was told that this was the last remaining lecomtei's in habitat. Some 40 something only in total.

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Walter John

Another bromeliad house. And the Mobile Toilet Truck kept following us! I am guessing someone drank too much Singha the night before. :mrlooney: And last shot - Kampon - he was always there, talking with everyone and making sure that everything went smoothly. :)

That big silvery brom would be Alcantera odorata ? (spelling?)

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bgl

Wal, I believe that's correct (and minor detail - that would be Alcantarea odorata)

And more random shots. This is from Sunday morning, September 16th, as the group wandered around the main Palms of the World area in a light drizzle

1 - good thing Nong Nooch has lots of umbrellas!

2 - Jack was busy! :)

3 - if I recall correctly, this palm was tagged as a Dypsis decipiens. I believe most of us disagreed

4 - another Dypsis...help me out! :bemused:

5 - Hey, there's Bill - I am sure he knows! :mrlooney: And maybe Gileno as well?

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bgl

As the staff was trying to get all 208 participants together in one place (did I hear someone say it was like herding cats? :lol: ), for a group photo, birthday presents were handed out to a number of people.

1 - Here's Felix from Mexico being polite with an elephant (ALWAYS a good idea! :mrlooney: )

2 - can't ever have too many elephants...

3 - for those who weren't there - this will give you an idea of the service that was provided to the group at all times. Staff was ALL over the place!

4 - as we were waiting for the group photo to be taken! :)

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And since this was Paul's very first Biennial, he gets this post all to himself. With a Borassodendron machadonis in the background.

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Right, it was Jessie's first Biennial as well (oh, she was THRILLED! :lol: ). Here she is, taking closeup shots of....PALM TRUNKS!? :bemused: (Paul, did you know this?)

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1 - Hey, here's Jack again. Havn't seen him in a while! :)

2 - Lee (lilikoilee) with one of her favorite palms, Schippia concolor

3 - This must be a Zombia!

4 - Peter (Peter Pacific) and Tim (realarch) looking happy in the company a Copernicia - one of MANY!

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bgl

And Rafael - all the way from Portugal, with a group of Sabal domingensis in the background. Rafael - this post is for you! :)

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bgl

We were taken to interesting places. I am guessing not too many Nong Nooch visitors are taken on buses through this stream to check out a bunch of Metroxylons! :) And next is John Dransfield and Scott Zona, with (appropriately) Dransfieldii micrantha. The morning ended at one of the Nong Nooch restaurants with a great lunch! :)

More when I have time. And others - feel free to add whatever you may have!

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Walter John

"I was at Nongnooch gardens in Thailand riding an elephant, at one time I rode it under a giant Corypha palm"

"Oh yeah?, prove it"

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Palmgrover

Wal , My elephant driver was texting on his cell phone almost the hole time we strolled through the garden. I told him in California he could get a ticket for texting while driving an elephant. You should have seen the look he gave me...

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Walter John

Wal , My elephant driver was texting on his cell phone almost the hole time we strolled through the garden. I told him in California he could get a ticket for texting while driving an elephant. You should have seen the look he gave me...

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KONADANTOM

Mahalo to everyone for sharing the memories!

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bgl

OK, here goes - a few more...Sunday afternoon (Sept. 16th) we visited Hortus Botanicus. WHAT a place! Walking down ANY of these aisles was an jawdropping experience and I only captured a few of the palms there. Here's: Manicaria saccifera, Johannesteijamannis perakensis, Kerriodoxa elegans, Licuala peltata var. sumawongii and if you need any Carpoxylon macrospermum - well, THIS would be the place! :)

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bgl

Yeah, I KNOW - I should have taken many more photos there! It was just overwhelming. So, on to the next day, and our final day at Nong Nooch. Monday September 17th began with a cultural show. Thai dance and a bunch of eleptants sprinkled in here and there. And no, this was NOT the elephant show! :lol:

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But next on the program was indeed the elephant show. Kampon told me they have 49 elephants at Nong Nooch. I believe we had the opportunity to get acquainted with most of them. Here's the modest beginning! :)

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Getting acquainted, RIGHT! :) Here's Bill, Wal, Lindsey, Kim, Rafael, Jeff (Brusseau) and Helena all getting acquainted! :)

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And that was just the beginning. I don't believe anyone here needs an introduction! :)

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I know, enough of the elephants! :lol: In the afternoon Kim and I ventured out on our own and explored some areas we had not visited during the previous days. The bromeliad and orchid house was (of course) an incredible experience. :)

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bgl

We found a Dypsis sp. bejofo in strange surroundings. And then we headed over to the French Garden. Which of course is right next to a mini Stonehenge! :)

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bgl

And needless to say with a group of Lodoicea maldivica right next door! :)

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