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Thread: Fernando Rivadavia In Mexico

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    I've been reading some of the posts and just wanted to let you guys know that CP hunting is no Caribbean cruise!Although I always write the distances I drive, and the difficulties in locating CP sites, people still seem to think that CP hunting is something easy, that it's just a nice holliday!

    To make the best out of a CP trip, I often wake up before dawn and go to sleep late at night after driving hundreds of km, climbing high mountains, and spending hours making herbarium specimens, cleaning collected plants, and organizing seeds. On my last trip to Venezuela in August my friend Gert and I got only 2-4h sleep everynight, since we'd stay up late cleaning, herborizing, etc.

    And lost of time is spent preparing for these trips too. Every night here in Mexico I spend studying maps, reading Ping papers, organizing location data from herbarium specimens, etc. Often it takes heavy detective work before you finally understand the location data and find the plants in the field. My work companion from Brazil who is living with me here in Mexico City is aghast with the time I spend every night with this hobby. He jokes it is my second job.

    Last of all... unfortunately nobody pays me to do any of this, it all comes out of my pockets. I guess it's a matter of priorities in life. For me, money is best spent on CP hunts. Some people like nice cars, designer clothes, expensive perfumes, whatever. I like travelling. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Interesting CPs are not only found in far away exotic countries, many are very close by. For example D.capillaris in the SE USA which is a huge taxonomic mess, but nobody wants to study, although there are tons of CPers in the area.

    So get out there in the field you couch potatoes! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] What? Money for food? School for the kids? Wife wants a new dress? Naaaa, waste it all on plants! Haha!

    Take Care,
    Fernando

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    " So get out there in the field you couch potatoes! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] What? Money for food? School for the kids? Wife wants a new dress? Naaaa, waste it all on plants! Haha!"

    Fernando...I LIKE your attitude!

    Welcome to the forums. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Its great to have you join. You can bring some magic to the ping forum! And you take such beatiful photos. I've enjoyed reading about your travels. Great stories and pics.

    I am sure your adventures take quite a bit of work. But oh the rewards! Lets see...MY day...get up, feed dog, shower and dress, go to work, sit at a computer, deal with nice but often moronic people all day long, go home, feed dog, do house duties. Yeaaaahhhh...I could LOVE adventures like yours even with the hard work it entails!

    Thanks for sharing your trips and I look forward to learning from you. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Suzanne [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Hey Suzanne,

    Unfortunately I'm no professional photographer and have no intention to become one, I'm too jumpy to sit still for too long with a tripod trying to get the best shots. My technique is (especially now that I've bought a digital camera): take a bunch of pics and hope a few come out good! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I'm still trying to learn a few tricks with this digital baby, hopefully future pics will be better!

    Fernando

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    I love my digital camera for JUST that reason! I take a slew of photos and then delete, delete, delete! Love it. So you don't have to worry about being a pro. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I was just now trying to get some photos of the N. ventricosa pitchers on my office nep but alas the batteries died before I got anything spectacular. I deleted all but 2. Will try again tomorrow. Now I am off to my mundane life where I can only adventure to the various CP "sites" in my house. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    You'll love your digital camera. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    "Fox terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs." - Jerome K. Jerome

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    The latest postcards are on-line :....
    Postcard N5

    Postcard N6

    Enjoy !
    Eric Partrat
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    A WORLD OF PINGUICULA
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