Olivier Tschuy

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  1. Hi Guys Many thanks for your replies in this topic too! @Jeff: It's one of my favourite pics too - its not showing something really spectacular, but its just perfect is it? @avery: the startrails are done with the Sigma 10-20mm, at f4 with an 1799sec aperture - the longest i can take digitally. The spiders are everywhere in Australia, but one gets used to it. In fact none of them is really dangerous although they are all venomous. The one with the yellow marks made its web just next our door at the hostel we’ve been for 10 days. We looked at it all the time without knowing that it s related to the black widow. Another one – the wolf spider on the green leave – was very nervous and jumped all the time I moved – what made me nervous to ;-) And the last one – the Golden Orb was about everywhere on the coast. It makes golden glooming nets which are very sturdy. One can walk into it without damaging it – but then you will have to deal with the spider. We meet it the first day out in the Bot. garden in Sidney and were quiet horrified – already there such spiders!! A bushy (Australian bushwalker) let us know later, there are three kinds of spiders: some that ruins your day, some that ruins the weekend and just a few that ruins the whole thing (lethal). Got to know what you are touching.. In Australia happens just one or two deadly accidents with spider each year – nothing compared to car accident, smoking or other social accepted dangers. Cheers Olivier
  2. Hi Guys Thanks for the replies. I did all the fotos with a Nikon D70s and a set of lenses (in fact I carried all the time arround 4 kg Photoequippement with me - but don't regrett it at all!). The close up's are done with a Sigma 70mm macrolens, freehanded. The calm and steady hand comes with the age ;-) Olivier
  3. The last spot in the Royal NP Sydney we found ourselves, with just some direction help by our dear friend. It was along a creek in a nice bay area at the coast. There we spend a whole day in the bush walking through Banksias and searching for CPs Bushwalk . The nicest spot was at this small waterfall Here we found the small D. pygmea. And some very nice D. peltatas. They grew in the mosses around the creek. As its to see on the pictures, the plats were short before flowering, but no one was already open – a pity.. I had to climb to reach the best spots, but there I got the best close ups From the park we had a nice view over the ocean. Spending the evening at the shore, BBQing in one of this genial public grill places we enjoyed the impressive waves… The next trip to Down Under will be to the West Side – that’s for sure dudes ;-) Hope you enjoyed it All the pictures are here Cheers Olivier
  4. Next to a small reservoir on a muddy wet rock we found some colour spots: I guess U. uniflora. Also present D. spathulata in the mosses along the creek Other freaky plants… Leptospermum nitidum – The shiny Tea Tree And other creeps
  5. The highlight – in the sense of watching CPs – was at the Royal National Park near Sydney. A friend of an Australian CP society offered me to show us some sites and guided us deep in the bushs (actually the same location he showed at the ICPS conference 2008) After walking through the bushes on dirty mud roads we came at a place with tuberous orchids (yes, that exists and is similar to grow like tuberous droseras): Pterostylis nutans – the Greenhood Orchid. They grew on the forest ground between the eucalyptus leaves. On the other side of the dirdtrack, on small sandstone break of the street was the place and habitat of the tuberous droseras. Tthe place were the water runs down the rock, was the favourite place of D. peltata As our guide explained to me, the red plants were D. pelatata and the green then… .. Drosera auriculata – easy to distinguish by colour
  6. But first some travel impressions – have a go: Sydney A Loricet parrot. They nest in the towns along the coast… .. and made every night a hell of a spectacle at sunset. Here in Cairn a “topgun” like air display A nice view from a hill near Cairns.. .. and a waterfall Some of Australias famous spiders! The green Queensland ant Some Qutback impression
  7. Hi all Last year we made a trip to the East Coast of Australia. Although it was not a trip with the intention to search CPs I managed to find some, esp. Utricularia, Droseras / tuberous Droseras and some Orchids. In only 6 weeks was not much time to plan extensive trips, but we found some nice spots, let’s have a go: The first CPs we discovered at a golf course in Byron Bay at a kangaroo watching excursion - a Uticularia unknown to me. Later, on Fraser Island, we found an orchid growing on the ground of the forest But Fraser Island, as I knew, had other plants, we wanted to see! – Droseras. I found them easily at the shores of Lake McKenzie Drosera spathulata (the D. pygmea was absent at this place) Back on the mainland we travelled further to Noosa Heads. In a National Park there we found the next CP population. There we found some nice D. spathulatas again – this time with the macro lens for my camera ;-) D. spathulata grows in the wet moss parts between cliffs, where a small water runlet ends to the sea. Close up of the flower Obviously there were other CPs too in the area Utricularias! Here U. uligionosa And U. caerulea Besides carnivorous plants Australians Flora had many surprisingly plants – her some kind of lily forming tubers: Thysanotus patersonii. Then we travelled further north to Queensland, bund couldn’t find any CPs any more – to my disappointment. But the spectacular nature of Australia compensated this by far. The best should come at the end – some tuberous droseras just next to Sydney!
  8. Hi Chocolat Tuberous droseras are not difficult to grow – I you do it right. Where do you live in Spain? Maybe you will need to cultivate then indoors, for ex. In the cool basement, when it is too hot outside You do right with you two first plants, if the are healthy, try some others too. The D. menziesii and D. whittakerii are OK as next plants – try them. If you get along, take another one next season and so on.. Maybe wait with the D. solonifera and the D. modesta – they are more demanding than D. menziesii. And Chocolat, this is important: If you buy tubers, take care from who you get them. Some people take them from national parks and dig them out. Such wild tubers in the hand of a beginner is something that hurts me as they will just perish. I managed to grow over 2/3 of the tuberous droseras species and I never bought tubers from poachers. Here in the forum you find some Australians growers, who sell additional tubers from their own collection – take them, or look in some nursery or botanical gardens. Buy to start only tubers from Europe anyway, as Australian tubers have to get “turned” to the northern hemisphere grow cycle – Australian tubers grow in our summer. For cultivation I have a go: The most important to know is, they grow during our Winter, when it is cold. During this growth you keep them wet and cool and you give them a lot of light – full sun is OK. Maybe you need to acclimatize to the sun. Take rainwater. Leave the pots in ca. 5 cm water during growth. Take deep and big pots. -> cool, wet, mucho light! Around Springtime the tuberous droseras will go to their summer rest. The plant will turn brown and die off – which is normal. At this time you take the pot out off the water and let it dry. Bone-dry. Leave them somewhere in the shadow outdoors. (First exception: D. whittakeri ssp and D. auriculata tolerate moist soil during dormancy, but it is not a requirement. Others need most soil all the time like D. gigantea etc..). In my place I take the pot outside around April and leave them in the sun until the plants go dormant. Some species like D. menziesii and D. auriculata grow long into the summer before the go dormant. Do not force the plant to go dormant. Feed the plant! I recommend you to not dig out the tubers, unless you want to sell them. The tubers will search their place in the pot – and use energy for that – and will do this every time again if you dig then out, so leave them. Some more personal tips: - Get only plants you can handle, else they will die - If you see a plant gets weaker, sell it fast enough to a more experienced grower and think over your growing conditions - Read, read, read! Here in the forum and elsewhere, it has lots of good articles, and look here: PetFlyTrap Forum: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106084 The AUSCPS Forum: http://www.auscps.com/modules/newbb/viewto...77&forum=13 And here: http://www.cephalotus.net/ Take care Amigo Regards Olivier
  9. Olivier Tschuy

    Tuberous pics

    Nice ones! How old is the D. porrecta? Regards Olivier
  10. Hi Almond I use my cool basement and grow lights. It works pretty well. As a second place, I have a small terrarium with lights in the kitchen where the door is always open for the cat. There I get cool temperatures too. I like to keep the tubers in zip-bags until I see the growing part (stolon). Then I wait until the stolon is about 2-3 cm long. Only then I put the tubers in the provided pots (D. zonaria requires a deep one - 20 cm min!). Keep the post cool, dry and under lights, so the stolon knows where to grow to ;-) If you see the stolon breaking the surface, put the pots in water, eventually you can slowly water from the top to animate the tuber to grow. Feed them, they will starve in the short acclimatisation period! Around July put the pots outdoor in the shade and force the tuber to go dormant- so you get the acclimatisation to the northern hemisphere. And please, if these are your first tubers, sell them or swap with easier ones early enough and don’t let then die. They are taken from the wild... Cheers Olivier
  11. Two different Species - Grow them, see it. - See is different, tubers are different - D. peltata has hairy sepals and the leaves are kind of different See the Lowrie books for more details. I also recomend the essays of Robert Gibson - search the web. Regards Olivier
  12. Its the work of half a year No worries Dieter, there will be more - the engagement with tuberous droseras is a long term occupation. Soon I'm abroad in Australia (not WA ..) and from other trips I have still pictures. Cheers Olivier
  13. Hello After a busy time I finally have the time to upload some of my newest pictures. I start maybe with the good old D. menziesii which after many years has a continuous growth and flowers regularly. This season it had a bunch of flower bud and after i putted it under other lights i got a true bouquet of flowers! But to start one of my favorite macro shoot in full size (sorry modem user – but ist worth it). The name of the plant is a link to a bigger view, enjoy!. D. menziesii backview D. menziesii D. menziesii D. menziesii bunch of flowers D. platypoda just after emerging D. fimbriata D. fimbriata D. zigzagia D. zigzagia D. zigzagia 3 and finally the flower. Then I have some pics of D. modesta D. modesta has a glandular stem which looks in close-up like this D. pallida D. pallida D. macrantha D. macrantha" Rock outcrop form" D. auriculata D. salina the plant is so small that I had a real challenge to take a good pic. Any feedback appreciated , enjoy! Olivier
  14. No, there is a true macro lens in front of this tube 8the fat one). Only with a true macrolens you reach a 1:1 reproduction scale. With the extention tubes you can expand the deepts - you get closer. But it degrades the picture and you have to open the aperture and for this you need a good lense - that simple (Work for an afternoon ;-) Cheers Olivier
  15. There are hybrids of tuberous droseras! I grow myself some, but cannot recall it right now.. And in another forum i once dicovered a list of crossings... (searching..) Here it is: http://www.auscps.com/modules/newbb/viewto...03&forum=13 For IV propagation contact me, its no probolem. Regards Olivier