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    Pictures, and TONS! of them

    I've been kind of quiet lately, and thought I'd post some pics up that I took recently. It's nice to be able to combine my love of both photography and CPs. I set up a black backdrop, and used filtered sunlight through the blinds behind me for natural colors. Camera was set to 'vivid', which these are. Used digital macro zoom on most, so there is a little noise.

    Anyway, here's some of my better looking neps at the moment. Most of my collection is young, but a few are starting to gain a lil size. On to the pics. Hope you like!!


    Young singalana. Pitcher is about 3 inches. The peristome slowly darkens from the outside first, and in a few weeks the whole peristome will be a dark bronze color. Fairly slow plant for me.





    Muluensis x lowii. This one took ages to adjust, and is finally putting out nice pitchers, and is actually growing at a moderate pace.





    Baby hamata next. The pitchers are barely an inch, but are showing some promise already. Fairly moderate grower. I love the hairy lid.





    Small jacquelinae. Grows moderately fast. My particular plant seems sensitive to humidity drops. The pitchers are finally starting to show a little color.




    Izumiae x trusmadiensis. Vigorous grower, and great dark pitchers. They open up a raspberry color, and gradually turn almost black. The lid is also vaulted. I'm loving this one, and cannot wait for it to mature.







    Inermis x ventricosa. This one also took ages and ages to adjust, which surprised me. But now it's really taken off in growing speed. The pitchers open with a vibrant scarlet peristome that I absolutely love! It's a great contrast to the lighter pitcher. Over time though, the peristomes lose their color and fade to look quite bland.





    Next is a dark red sanguinea. This plant has perplexed me..It came to a grinding halt after getting it. Then after a few months threw out a couple deformed pitchers that were very small. Then it finally started growing, and is now putting out decent pitchers. But, it isn't growing all that fast, and the leaves are staying small. They do get a nice red blush to them though, and the pitchers are increasing in size slowly.


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    Here is my talangensis x veitchii. Fairly vigorous, and starts out with great color that gets real vibrant for a while, then fades as the pitcher ages. For some reason, sooty mold LOVES to grow on the peristomes of this plant.






    Now for spectabilis x aristolochioides. Very vigorous, pitchers easily, doesn't miss a beat. Pitchers open with a lot of red in them and lightly striped peristomes, then quickly darken. One of my favorite neps at this time.






    This glabrata took its sweet time adjusting also. Then it suddenly inflated a bunch of pitchers at once, and now has backed off a bit. This latest pitcher has been the largest and most colorful so far. It recently started vining and its growth rate really picked up and is now one of my fasted growing neps.





    Spectabilis x mira. This plant arrived in horrible shape. It's first couple pitchers were very disappointing. But it's now put out a few nice ones and shows great potential. Each pitcher gets a little bit wider opening and gets a little more squat. This pitcher will be the last one for some time, the growth tip was a mess upon arrival, and is just now after nearly a year starting to put out a few mangled leaves.





    Here is my young spectabilis north Sumatra clone. The latest pitcher is just shy of 5". I can't wait to see the colors as this plant matures. I know some of you have older plants of this that look fantastic.




    Next is the stunning thorelii x (spectabilis x northiana). One of my favorites also. This one never skipped a beat, and is quite vigorous. It has more than double in size in a year. Pitchers inflate quickly and last a while on long tendrils. The leaves also have a lot of red in them. This one has a basal that is growing quite fast also. I think the colors on these pitchers are amazing. Opens with a lot of yellow and red stripes, then the peristome gradually gets overall a deeper red. Fantastic!






    Here's old faithful herself, Lady Pauline. This one also never skips a beat, grows fast, pitchers easily. And it's finally throwing out a basal. It's just starting to increase internode distance, so vining will be soon. I love these pitchers most soon after opening, when the peristomes are flared wide and are of a bright scarlet color. Then the whole pitcher gets dark.



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    Awesome! Just a great lineup of healthy specimens. I loved every pic, my fave being the izumae x TM.
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    Five stars, every photograph is expertly taken.

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    Great plants! I couldn't wait to see what the next picture was, they just kept getting better. Really nice izumae x TM --> really love the vaulted lid. Your spectabilis x mira is also stunning. What conditions give you such nice looking plants?
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    Great looking sphagnum!

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    Very, very nice. Love that spectabilis x mira. Very well grown.

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    I'm sure that wasn't 2000 pics It was likz 45s.

    your plants are beuftifcul -made me forget how to spell!- I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the thorelli x (spec x northiana)
    @ Thorelli x spec x northiana -Will you marry me ? :3-

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