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    Hi everybody

    October 11th was the Fall Event at Meadowview Biological Research Station located near Thornburg, Virginia. I was accompanied to the event with PFT forum member Cynic81. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I thought I would share some photos from the day.

    Meadowview, run by director Phil Sheridan, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of CPs (mainly sarracenia) in Virginia and parts of Maryland. They schedule a CP event every quarter and for this fall we had speaker Bill Scholl talking about a trip to the jungles of Sumatra to hunt for nepenthes. It was a fascinating talk with a video of some of what they saw. I don't know the names of all the expedition members but it included Bill, author and nep expert Charles Clark and one of our very own PFT moderators, Troy Davis (Fatboy)!



    The day dawned cloudy but the rain held off so we could all enjoy being outside to see the plants. From the top left: Meadowview's entrance sign; the beautiful pond located across the street; lunch was served...and there is Cynic81 stabbing a carrot!; Phil Sheridan showing a group the propagation pots carefully tented for protection. Note that Cynic is watching verrrrrry closely. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]



    After lunch and some general wanderings outdoors, everyone gathered inside to hear Bill Scholl's talk. The accompanying video was incredible! The scenery was breathtaking--neps everywhere, huge lakes, vines, mosses, dripping leaves and there were even a few critter shots (a huge orange flat worm, a gigantic millipede, a rhinoceros beetle and...*gag* a leech on Bill's bloody leg&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] and some orchid shots. From the top left: Bill with the display of some nepenthes books waiting to start the talk; Bill studying notes as he stands in front of the map where he indicated their locations; Phil Sheridan, Director; two photos of an aroid? (not sure...maybe Troy or someone can identify this)...one of the smelly plants--it was stunning!; a rather blurry pic but I had to include it...a huge clump of n. ampullaria that brought ooohs and aaaaahs from everyone; Charles Clark talking about a nepenthes. I wish everyone could see the video with all the variety of neps and local flora. It made you understand why people want to go on these expeditions. I can't describe how beautiful it all was (well...except for that leech...).



    After the talk everyone dispersed to explore the grounds and the plants. Phil (third from the left) chats about the various sarracenia.



    Here are some composite photos of the many sarracenia. I can't I.D. them all although I know some of them. If anyone wishes to be bold and try to I.D. them that would be great. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] The flava in the photo is HUGE...the lid is almost the size of the span of my open hand! I LOVE the flavas!



    More sarracenia...just beautiful!



    And even more!



    Isn't that a beautiful clump of cephalotus?! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] To die for! And no its not for sale. You couldn't afford it if it were...it was in a gigantic pot. The s. psittacina is pretty too.



    OK...I'd love to get an I.D. on this one...very unusual looking. The tube was tall and thin, flaring to a very gaping, steeply sloping "mouth". The lip was a very bright magenta and the very flat lid stands straight up. Interesting little guy! Anyone know what sarra it is?



    This was an neat example of opportunistic critters living in partnership with the pitcher plants. Cynic found this spider web built to funnel right down into a purpurea pitcher...the spider is hoping to snag some of the bugs going to the pitcher.



    And lastly, this is the motley group of CP enthusiasts from as far away as New York who came to enjoy this wonderful day at Meadowview.

    Thanks to Phil Sheridan and his wife Marge for hosting the event and to Bill Scholl for the fascinating talk. And to Mother Nature who held off the rain til after it was all over. It was a really fun day. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Wow, those are some awesome pics! I hope someday my Sarr collection will even come close to that! Congrats to all who got the pleasure of seeing all those plants in person!

    SF

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    Hmmm, seems like all the CP notorieties have pony tails. Far out man! Thanks for the taste!
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    Wow, those are some great pics! What is that sar with the magenta lips? S. x 'Neon Sign'? So cool!

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    Really? Well....looks like I'm destined for greatness.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    I wear a ponytail sometimes...does that count? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    I want to post this on the sarracenia forum in hopes of maybe getting in I.D. on that "gaping" sarra, but of course the forum isn't working right. (BTW...Phil IS working on that.)

    Hmmm..maybe I'll post it to the ID that Plant forum.

    Well...I'd better go stick my hair up in a pony tail. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Gonna stop cutting my hair and hope it helps my poor sarrs...

    PlantaKiss, i'm pretty sure that carrion plant is called a Rafflesia flower. Wonder who THAT could be named after...

    Beautiful photos of beautiful plants. Nice job! I've never seen so many amazing sarrs before, or even knew that they existed.
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    so all those cps stay outside year around??

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    Thanks for that Suzanne, I wish I could have been there too! We had an open day here on the same day in England:

    Enjoy the pics! http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1169
    Best Regards

    Mike King

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