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Dendrobium aberrans is a little teaser...

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    Default Dendrobium aberrans is a little teaser...

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    A little teaser because the spikes appear, maybe a month or longer since, and look as though they are going to have only a couple of flowers on each, but as the weeks go by, more and more buds appear ( and more and more spikes, too). Currently there are 13 spikes , and the best flower count, on the first to appear is 6. They are long lasting - the plant could well still be good for one of my Spring Shows in late February our early March.
    Bulbs go on flowering, year after year - I think I have had this plant for maybe 4 years now, and some of the bulbs which flowered the first year. are still producing new spikes.
    It comes from New Guinea-but at altitudes up to 2000 metres, so it is not ( necessarily) as hot growing as suggested by the location. In fact Baker and Baker say it could encounter temperatures as low as 6˚C., but my plant spends the year in my greenhouse where the thermostat is set to give 12˚C minimum.
    Pictures taken with my new camera - so new I haven't even read the instruction book yet; as often mentioned I am a Nikon man, have been using a succession of their cameras for moree than 40 years. The one I have just replaced was the first bad one - came close to letting me down when I was in Thailand in the Spring. It has a swing and tilt monitor screen (live view) and when I used that the shutter would not release. The repair bill ( for a camera less than3 years old) was half the price of a new camera ! Then last week, the iris ring jammed on the kit lens (18-55mm) and I found that buying the lens on its own was quite expensive, whereas by shopping around I could buy a later model -D5600 instead of D5300, with a new lens included , and after selling the D5300 body only, I had a relatively small bill - not much more than a replacement kit lens would have cost. This model has the assumed advantage for my purposes here, of omitting a filter usually included in the pentaprism, which is said to interfere with recording the finest detail in extreme close-ups. It all remains to be seen !
    The larger pic was taken with the new kit lens, but for the close-ups I used a longer macro ( the superb Sigma 105mm).

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    Very beautiful Geoff! And beautiful photography!

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    Now I know why mine did not survive, I have way too much heat and humidity for this one, no problem just made room for another Bulbophyllum!

    I have been thinking of upgrading my Nikon D3300 so will have to check the model you got Geoff. Nice bloom and great pictures!

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    Flowered my 1st plant of this earlier in the year, nothing as great as yours Geoff (very well done) only in an 60mm pot & one flower. Lovely piece of interest & being from New Guinea seems so strange given the larger forms of Dends I grow. Flower lasted for ages also.

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    Nice one Geoff. would love to have this den. on my wish list.

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    Not been able to find one of these yet. Beautiful little plant!

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    Nice white color and you are very lucky as so many spikes the good thing the plant is small.

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    Very pretty. Geoff. I am a Nikon man myself and also thinking of upgrading from my D5300 which I find a bit limiting in bird photography. Mind you the 5300 has served me well the last 3 years.

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    Default The same plant a month after the first pic.

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    btw, I am getting into the D5600 now - I have downloaded an app on my iPhone, paired the camera and phone, and now thumbnails of all pics are automatically transferred to the iPhone. Very clever. Moreover, the monitor screen is now touch sensitive ; in live view. I touch the bit of the picture I am interested in, the camera focuses on that spot and takes the pic. without me having to do anything else - it's almost thought control ! This pic taken that way - and I suspect all further pics from me , too.

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    I find the speed with which cell phone technology developed just amazing. It's only been 25 years since they were a two pound unit that only made phone calls and only about ten years since he flip top type that didn't do much more. My phone takes crappy pictures but some are capable of much better.

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