Grootvadersbosch Away Trip

Hermanus Bird Club

It started out as an outing for 20 members, but Cape Nature had a drainage problem and the numbers had to be reduced to 12.  The Palmers kindly agreed to camp, so in the end 14 of us set out on Monday.  Numbers continued to diminish for various reasons and by the time Wednesday evening came along, we were down to only 10.

We were very pleasantly surprised by the excellent accommodation available and looked forward to our first forest walk.  This took place on Tuesday morning, when we hiked for three and a half hours in desperate search of Trogons, Flycatchers and Turacos. Sadly, it was not to be – our total count for the forest reserve was only around 30 species, but we were well rewarded with an excellent sighting of a Barn Owl as well as large flocks of African Olive Pigeons – up to 40 or…

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2017 40th Upstate New York Bonsai Exhibition & 2017 Spring Open House

Valavanis Bonsai Blog

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The Bonsai Society of Upstate New York is holding their 44th Upstate New York Bonsai Exhibition on May 27-28, 2017 at the Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester, New York. Some of the finest bonsai in New York state will be on display for the public to enjoy and learn from too.

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These photos are from past Upstate New York Bonsai Exhibitions, since this year’s has not even been set up yet. Since this is a society show, bonsai from all levels of development will be displayed from our membership.


New this year is a special display of masterpiece satsuki azalea bonsai from Melvyn Goldstein from Cleveland, Ohio. He is bringing a van load of some of his finest satsuki bonsai to share with viewers. This group of azaleas blooms later on in the season, so our show dates have slightly been adjusted to display the colorful blossoms.

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Many of…

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