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Driftwood mounts - update

This is a discussion on Driftwood mounts - update within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Very interesting. Thanks, John, for going into so much detail. Joe...

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    Very interesting. Thanks, John, for going into so much detail. Joe

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    Very nice pieces of driftwood, John. Some of those pieces look HUGE! I got a kick out of the piece in pic #7 from yesterday's post! The lower right portion looks like a cartoon turtle yelling/squawking at someone -- it even has an 'eye'.

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    john, as always i really enjoy your posts! i have learned so much from past and current threads. thanks for posting in such detail!!!

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    Great, great driftwood mounts...wow. I can see ahead in 5, 10, 15 years how amazing these plants are going to be, after the huge progress they've already made in this short time!! I wish I had an environment for mounted orchids - I tried a few back in the day from a reputable mounted orchid vendor in CA, but they didn't grow vigorously enough because my humidity just isn't high enough. I now have them all in S&H where they are much happier. It bums me out though, because these mounts are so beautiful!! The root system is almost like art itself, and really, I think these epiphytes are much happier when we let them grow the way nature intended. I sure would if I could!!

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    Those are wonderful! They open up so many possibilities for arrangements and displays....

    If one finds driftwood on a beach, would it be necessary to soak it in changes of fresh water to remove salt, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsm View Post
    If one finds driftwood on a beach, would it be necessary to soak it in changes of fresh water to remove salt, etc?
    Oh ABSOLUTELY!
    You do not want to use a driftwood fresh from the beach as it would have dangerous concentrations of salt cooked into the wood.

    What you will need to do is:
    1. Soak the entire wood in freshwater for a few days.
    2. Test the salinity of the water. If it is not 0.0, replace the water and wait a few days again.
    3. Rinse/Repeat (Literally)

    Boiling the water with wood submerged will accelerate the process. Although it may be unwieldy for some larger pieces (not to mention neighbors calling the police because of a steaming witch cauldron in your backyard).

    If you can, avoid sea driftwood as much as possible. The river and lake driftwoods are best for orchids.
    Some lakes/bogs also have high concentrations of natural preservatives that will extend the life of the dried driftwood.

    There are some orchid species that naturally occur along coastal areas (C. guttata being one of them) and they do not mind the occasional salt spray from the beach.
    However, having their roots dig into a high-salt driftwood will definitely hurt them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    Oh ABSOLUTELY!
    ...(not to mention neighbors calling the police because of a steaming witch cauldron in your backyard)....
    Well, this being Texas, I don't think they'd bother to call the police.....

    but in any case the timing of this thread could not have been better. This afternoon I stopped by my friend's place to bug her about getting the right cable for my camera and she had a piece of balsa wood, kind of like driftwood but full of holes, and when I admired it she said "great! take it out of here!" (she'd inherited it from another tenant's moving day)... I think it was bought from a store, and was not originally driftwood, it is the kind of thing people who keep snakes like to put in the terrarium...

    But it is perfect for me to mount some of the half-grown orchids that are in pots, so I guess tomorrow I'll run this thing in water in the bathtub for a while.

    It is perfect because it is really light-weight and it has a nice angle. I have been looking and looking at my window space trying to come up with the right arrangement to make a kind of living jungle-curtain, and this is just right .

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    Cool DSM! Show us a picture!

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    I am still trying to find the right size PC cable for this panasonic digital. It has a TINY port! I will probably actually have that fixed this afternoon :crossedfingers: and then finally will be able to properly communicate on behalf of my 'chids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsm View Post
    I am still trying to find the right size PC cable for this panasonic digital. It has a TINY port! I will probably actually have that fixed this afternoon :crossedfingers: and then finally will be able to properly communicate on behalf of my 'chids!
    It must be similar to the Pentax connector jack.
    All my other cameras use the "ordinary" USB camera jack so they all use the same cable when I hook them up to my computer.
    But the Pentax has to have its own separate cable because of its proprietary square jack thingie.

    This is the regular USB camera jack that we are all familiar with:


    And this is the Pentax camera jack:

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