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Back from Oz....and the dead


SubTropicRay

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What a long month and a half it's been.  Colin, I apologize for not contacting you in Oz.  Shortly after tying the knot on October 28th, I got a very, very bad cold/fever.  I somehow managed to pull through while on my trip down under but not without every cold remedy imaginable.  When I got back to the states, I developed a horrible cough which turned out to be bronchitis.  I spent two days in a local hospital with an incessant cough.  It's only in the last couple of weeks that I managed to recover and get my strength back.  I did my best not to let it ruin the trip but didn't want to spread my germs. Anyway, here are some photos:

Calamus in the rainforest

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Mauritia

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Salacca magnifica

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Pinanga inflourescence

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Ptychococcos

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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L. rotundifolia

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Pelagodoxa

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Sommieria

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Me and Joey

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Me and Socratea

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Metroxylon was amazing

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Calyptrocalyx

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Land of the King

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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afternoon nap

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Flying Foxes

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Cyphosperma balansae

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Those photos are friggin' amazing. Cyphosperma overload.

Christian Faulkner

Venice, Florida - South Sarasota County.

www.faulknerspalms.com

 

Μολὼν λάβε

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Two Canaries and a Jubaea

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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View from our room at Hilton Cairns

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Hilton Cairns open air atrium

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Hi Ray,

Nice to know you are ok now,

We where in Sydney as pre arranged with fresh Australian produce, wine and local beers ,maybe next time. It was not a good day to take you out on the harbour, as it was blowing up to 30 knots and raining. Was not what we had planned as a nice sunny day on the harbour for you. No place for a sick person and your nurse would definetly be better looking.

You have taken some good pictures, where did most of them get taken. which part of the trip did you enjoy the most (besided the obvious) and which part of the trip did your new wife enjoy?

We missed each other in New york by a few days, missed by a few hours at Jungle music, missed by a mile or so in Sydney

Hopefully we will turn up at the same time at the same place one day :-)

Next Socal meeting should be in Sydney with a field trip to Queensland, any takers?

coincide it with a florida meeting

There would be some local guides to show you some Aussie hospitality

regards

Colin

coastal north facing location

100klm south of Sydney

NSW

Australia

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Hi Ray. Glad you are fine now.

Thanks for the camera specials, outstanding sommierias...

Sirinhaém beach, 80 Km south of Recife - Brazil

Tropical oceanic climate, latitude 8° S

Temperature extremes: 25 to 31°C

2000 mm average rainfall, dry summers

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Ray,

Welcome back, and good to hear you're OK! Great photos and hopefully the trip, for the most part, was a good experience!

Bo-Göran

Leilani Estates, 25 mls/40 km south of Hilo, Big Island of Hawai'i. Elevation 880 ft/270 m. Average rainfall 140 inches/3550 mm

 

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Wow....what is the red flower in post #4?? Stunning...

If global warming means I can grow Cocos Nucifera, then bring it on....

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Dear Ray  :)

Hey all your stills are terrefic,and some of

your stills could be sent as post cards to your

loved ones_the scenery & landscapes are so

beautifully picturisied.

And stills of salacca,CIDP,Jubea chilensis,Joey

simply bowled me over !

Thanks for those lovely stills & Do take care_Pal !

Love,

Kris(India).

love conquers all..

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Colin,

Please accept my sincerest apologies.  

The trip was excellent outside of the illness.  We spent 5 days in Sydney and 5 in Cairns.  The Flying Foxes are amazing.  We have bats in Florida but not the size of these critters.  I told my wife from our hotel balcony in Cairns, "look at how many birds are still flying at dusk".  Then one of these things buzzed the balcony and I could not believe my eyes.  When you're not accustomed to seeing this, it leaves quite an impression.

Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Your pictures are always outstanding. Sorry to hear you where ill. Looks like you visited some great palces.

Jupiter FL

in the Zone formally known as 10A

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Ray,

Your pictures are quite outstanding. I am especially impressed by your use of closeups, even with large palms. Usually, we try to document the palm in its entirety, but miss the marvelous esthetic impressions that you have captured. Feel better!

MM

Mike Merritt

Big Island of Hawaii, windward, rainy side, 740 feet (225 meters) elevation

165 inches (4,200 mm) of rain per year, 66 to 83 deg F (20 to 28 deg C) in summer, 62 to 80 deg F (16.7 to 26.7 Deg C) in winter.

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Just for the record, the frog in the photo is Litoria infrafrenata. .(white lipped treefrog)

Also, I think the cockatoos are Sulfur Crested, a little rusty on the Psittacines.

Alan

Tampa, Florida

Zone - 10a

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Thanks Mike.  It's good to hear from you.  I loved your Amazon article in the Palmateer.  How's the palm planting going in paradise?

Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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