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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 14, 2009
12:30 AM

Post #6545303

I finally got through all my pics on my recent trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Bullwinkle was a stow-away in my luggage! He was some happy to get out after 11 hours flying!

He joined me for a drink on the patio of the lodge we stayed in located in the mountains above Quito. Our room was in the bulding located at the top of the hill...at 10,000 feet we were both pooped by the time we got from the lodge patio to our room!

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 14, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6545316

The view from the cabin...Bullwinkle insisted he was back in BC!

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 14, 2009
12:33 AM

Post #6545325

The next day we went for a hike in the mountains...with the lack of oxygen at 12,000 feet Bullwinkle agreed he was no longer in BC.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 14, 2009
12:34 AM

Post #6545327

At the end of along day of hiking, Bullwinkle couldn't wait to get in the pool!

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 14, 2009
12:37 AM

Post #6545338

Bull was embarrised by the murals on the wall of the pool.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 14, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #6545343

Ahhh...a relaxing afternoon on the deck.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 14, 2009
12:39 AM

Post #6545352

One day I introduced Bull to his long-lost cousins.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 14, 2009
12:41 AM

Post #6545366

and some more South American cousins...Vicuna

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 14, 2009
12:43 AM

Post #6545373

We were amazed to see snow-capped volcanos!

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DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

May 14, 2009
1:25 AM

Post #6545542

I swear, Todd, you missed your calling as a professional photographer. Wonderful shots!

Looks like great digs too. Must have been a a fabulous vacation for both of you. Bullwinkle is now a World traveler. He's a lucky guy!

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 14, 2009
4:16 PM

Post #6547837

So glad for the updates on Bullwinkle's and your adventures. I agree with Don - great pictures.

Ann
inanda
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 2b)

May 14, 2009
7:07 PM

Post #6548453

Hi Todd,

Glad you got to see the volcanos before they melted. One has already disappeared this year, leaving villages with no rivers or water. - in Peru. Sounds like great great trip.
Ginny
brugcrazy
Vancouver Island, BC
(Zone 8b)

May 14, 2009
8:07 PM

Post #6548697

What a fabulous trip. Your pictures are great. Thanks for sharing with us.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

May 14, 2009
10:35 PM

Post #6549216

Good to see Mr B had a SUPER trip with Mr T :-)

LUV the snow topped volcanoes :-)

~M~
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 15, 2009
2:17 AM

Post #6550186

Todd
I agree ! Great photo's!
Bullwinkle is a lucky guy.
Did you get any cocoa tea at the 12000 ft level?
Folks I have talked to said the tea really made a big difference in the altitude adjustment.
Ann
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 15, 2009
9:50 AM

Post #6551035

No one offered it to us...wish they did as the altitude really got to me. Bull took it all in stride!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 15, 2009
11:22 PM

Post #6553856

Fabulous shots, Todd!! I'll just bet the high altitude made Mr. B giddy lol

btw - did I miss something? Where are the gnomes?

-Susan-
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 16, 2009
11:23 AM

Post #6555447

The gnomes offered to stay at home to take care of my garden while I was gone...they are such life savers!

We are now off to the Galapagos...here we are awaiting to be shuttled to our boat.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 16, 2009
11:25 AM

Post #6555450

Here's Bull enjoying the ocean breeze as we cruise to Santa Cruz Island

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 16, 2009
11:25 AM

Post #6555451

Spectacular sand beaches!

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 16, 2009
11:27 AM

Post #6555452

We even saw tracks made by sea turtles as they came ashore to lay eggs.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 16, 2009
11:29 AM

Post #6555455

Lots of Blue-footed boobies to keep us entertained

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 16, 2009
11:30 AM

Post #6555458

the Nazca Boobies were nothing to sneeze at!

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 16, 2009
11:32 AM

Post #6555462

my favs were the Waved Albatross but Bull was wary he might be lunch! I assured him they only eat fish!

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 16, 2009
11:33 AM

Post #6555465

Meanwhile, the Sally Lightfoot crabs MIGHT take a piece out of Bull if he got too close!

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 16, 2009
11:34 AM

Post #6555468

Just in time, a friendly sea iguana chased the crabs away!

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2009
1:07 PM

Post #6555672

Once again, great pics. Bull must have been SO excited by all that water. How did you keep him from jumping overboard? I didn't seen any sign of the restraints we had to use here in Ontario.
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2009
2:11 PM

Post #6555879

Very cool pictures. Love those Boobies; especially the ones with the pretty blue shoes! ;)

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 16, 2009
5:21 PM

Post #6556472

wow - it's amazing the colours Mother Nature gives her flora/fauna! Who woulda thought that Boobies would have baby-blue footsies!?!?!

The turtle tracks were neat - I've never seen anything like them. How'd you know they were turtle tracks - did you see them "marching"? lol

Keep up the good work & photography, Todd - they're fabulous pics!

-Susan-
sanannie
White Lake, ON
(Zone 4b)

May 16, 2009
11:20 PM

Post #6557456

Wow - what wonderful photos, Todd! I've never been anywhere quite so exotic - I'm SO enjoying the tour!

Isn't that just like Bullwinkle to sneek into your luggage and leave the other two to toil in the garden, the rascal.

Sandy
cybercrone
Toronto,, ON
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2009
5:02 PM

Post #6565294


Todd:

Thanks so much for this account of your trip. I've surely enjoyed seeing the photos - and I'm sure we'll see some spectacular plants before the trip is over, too.

Thanks for sharing,
~marilyn
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 18, 2009
7:23 PM

Post #6565945

Thought I'd share a few orchids I saw in the wilds of Ecuador. This is a Crytochilum.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 18, 2009
7:25 PM

Post #6565950

An Oncidium

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 18, 2009
7:26 PM

Post #6565954

A Maxillaria

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 18, 2009
7:27 PM

Post #6565959

A Trichopilia

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 18, 2009
7:28 PM

Post #6565967

Sobralia rosea

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 18, 2009
7:29 PM

Post #6565976

A Phragmipedium...a South American Lady's-slipper

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 18, 2009
7:30 PM

Post #6565981

a star-like Epidendrum

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 18, 2009
7:31 PM

Post #6565984

and I'll end with this bizarre genus called Acronia. The flowers are microscopic!

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
8:11 PM

Post #6566135

Wow, Todd. They are gorgeous!
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2009
8:58 PM

Post #6566348

Beauties! How fortunate you were to see these growing in the wild.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

May 18, 2009
9:36 PM

Post #6566599

YIKA DOODLES !! Awesome pics Todd :-)

Thanks !!

~M~
cybercrone
Toronto,, ON
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2009
9:42 PM

Post #6566644


So beautiful! It would be so great to see these in their natural habitat, I bet.

~m
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 18, 2009
9:59 PM

Post #6566722

Todd
These are fabulous!!! The first is amazingly frilly.
Ann
MG99
Victoria, BC
(Zone 8b)

May 19, 2009
4:21 AM

Post #6568574

Todd you really have some talent taking photos.

How small was the Acronia flower? What so you think would pollinate it?

Linda
echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

May 19, 2009
4:16 PM

Post #6570163

Really enjoyed your photos, thanks Todd.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 21, 2009
5:06 PM

Post #6579263

Amazingly frilly indeed!!
and I concur - your photography is wonderful :-)

Thank you for sharing - I'm thinking of growing orchids myself - I hear they're not as difficult as we used to think...

-Susan-
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 22, 2009
2:50 AM

Post #6581437

Wonderful photos from your trip Todd! Yay orchids! LOL. thanks for posting them.

Joanne
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 28, 2009
12:31 AM

Post #6606727

The gnomes are showing Bull the great job they did in tending the garden while we were gone.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 28, 2009
12:33 AM

Post #6606734

Here they are next to the lungwort.

The boys are getting restless...I think they want to head back west. Who wants to host them next?

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ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2009
2:16 AM

Post #6607254

Isn't there one more name on the list in NFLD?

I guess we should discuss getting them back out west or maybe they should go only to people who missed them on the trip east. However, for those of us who got them after some snow had come, they might like to see our gardens.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 28, 2009
9:47 AM

Post #6608240

Haven't heard from the other NL constituent...not sure he is still an active member. The boys have itchy feet and want to travel again...especially the gnomes since they missed out! I'm sure they would be happy to go anywhere!

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

May 28, 2009
10:21 AM

Post #6608275

Count me in on the return trip. I PROMISE not to let the bears get'em LoL !!

Todd .. do you still have the address list ?

~M~
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 28, 2009
12:14 PM

Post #6608492

If the other NL'er is digging_dirt then I'm pretty sure he's still a member. Oh Robert, where are you???
drivenbonkers
Perth,, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2009
12:44 PM

Post #6608571

Todd your pics are fabulous!

So glad that Bull behaved himself on the trip, and the Gnomes stayed happy and busy at home.

I'd love to host the lads again, on their return trip across Canada.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 28, 2009
2:48 PM

Post #6609113

I would love to host them too!
If someone is creating a new list, please put me on it.

-Susan-
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2009
4:11 PM

Post #6609418

I would love to have them as well.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2009
4:21 PM

Post #6609455

I copied the list when I had it and the last person was Robert Coffen (Digging_Dirt). Easy enough to find out if he's still active.

Ann
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 28, 2009
5:01 PM

Post #6609605

He is - I sent him a dmail this morning and asked him to check out this thread. No reply so far...
Mainiac
Poland, ME

May 28, 2009
10:29 PM

Post #6610871

Would they like to tour across the US this summer?

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 29, 2009
12:26 AM

Post #6611435

There might be a problem crossing the border. Whatever happened to the gnome that WAS travelling in the USA?
Mainiac
Poland, ME

May 29, 2009
9:19 AM

Post #6612794

If there was an American cousin, I never heard about it. I suppose the Border guards might think they were terrorists... After all Bull does have quite a reputation! LOL
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 29, 2009
9:54 AM

Post #6612837

If Robert is interested I will send them his way, otherwise, we need to start a list and get the boys moving before summer hits with a vengence!
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 29, 2009
12:14 PM

Post #6613074

Ann's got a new thread started for people to sign up for the boy's next adventures:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/994770/

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