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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Ricardo, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Its been almost two years after hurricanes Irma and Maria hit my island. Things are slowly approaching what used to be normal before the hurricanes. I lost two thirds of my orchids, not in the hurricane per se, but to the massive environmental change that came after the canopy of the forest was ripped apart destroyed. In the days after the hurricane temperatures went up 10 degrees and for months climate swung wildly between drought and deluge. Some of the orchids will probably never be replaced and I still mourn my Dimorphorchis and the Dendrobium devonianum. But life goes on. I have smaller collection and I am happy with it. Surprisingly, I still find, in the area around the house, surviving pieces of Dendrobium with keikis on them. I don't plan to return to the hundreds of plants I used to have, at least not until I retire. But the orchids I have are recuperating and some are even thriving. I expect to contribute regularly those photos of orchids I think are of interest to the members of the forum
     
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  2. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Ricardo, nice to see you back! Wow two years!

    Chuck
     
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  3. sam1147

    sam1147 sam1147

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    Sorry for your orchid's loss.Wellcome back.
     
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  4. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome back, Ricardo.

    You sound like a resilient soul as well as some of your orchids. I certainly hope you don't have more hurricanes for a long, long time.
     
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    spiro K. Active Member

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    Glad to see you back, and in good spirits!
    Tell us how are the forests restoring themselves after the destruction.
    El Yunque for example; is anything left?
    Having said that, I am reminded that hurricanes are one of the forces that shape the flora of the Caribbean .Its what brings seeds from other parts of the tropics
    to P.R.
    Welcome back again!
     
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    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome back! It sounds like you and your orchids went through a lot, but I'm glad to hear it's getting better.
     
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  7. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    The forests are bouncing back, but the ones that got hit by category 4 hurricanes winds are so badly damaged it might take many decades to recuperate. At the moment what we have is a massive amount of growth in the forest understory due to the destruction of the canopy. Where I live it will probably start resembling how it was in 15 to 20 years.
     
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    Nisanisa Active Member

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    Welcome back Ricardo...
     
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