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Big Bend Trip - April 20, 2012 - Part 3/8- CDRI

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Big Bend Trip - April 20, 2012 - Part 3/8- CDRI

Postby John C » Wed May 23, 2012 4:55 am

After touring Sul Ross, we went straight to CDRI (Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute). We met there around noon time and had lunch. After lunch, Cathryn Hoyt gave us a tour of their collection of Chihuahuan Desert plants, then let us wander their gardens.

This is where CDRI is located:

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Here are a few photos from the drive to CDRI from Alpine.

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Here we are!

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Lunch time!

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Here is a photo tour of CDRI’s greenhouse. They have quite the collection!

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This Thelocactus bicolor is stunning! It is growing in a prefect spiral and is very tall.

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Moving outside we walked through the gardens of desert plants.

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Moving away from the gardens there is a short trail that leads to a lookout point. Here are some photos of what we saw along the way:

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A garden area:

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Here is the view:

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Next comes the drive from CDRI to Big Bend National Park! Next stop – Dagger Flats!

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Re: Big Bend Trip - April 20, 2012 - Part 3/?- CDRI

Postby gemhunter178 » Wed May 23, 2012 7:01 pm

:shock: Wow! That's quite a collection!
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Re: Big Bend Trip - April 20, 2012 - Part 3/?- CDRI

Postby peterb » Wed May 23, 2012 7:54 pm

Great stuff, really enjoying all these photos.

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Postby CoronaCactus » Wed May 23, 2012 10:38 pm

Lots of tasty goodies!
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Re: Big Bend Trip - April 20, 2012 - Part 3/?- CDRI

Postby daiv » Thu May 24, 2012 2:39 am

Really neat John! Thanks for taking the time to post the photos for us. SOME DAY I am going to visit that area - may just have to add that to the list of places to see!
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Re: Big Bend Trip - April 20, 2012 - Part 3/?- CDRI

Postby majcka » Thu May 24, 2012 5:05 am

All pics are nice. But I like the tables. I sure could use one in my new GH. Especially if some of those things that are on would stay on.
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Re: Big Bend Trip - April 20, 2012 - Part 3/?- CDRI

Postby John C » Fri May 25, 2012 4:50 am

Thanks everyone! Many more pictures are still coming. I just need to get them posted.

daiv wrote:SOME DAY I am going to visit that area - may just have to add that to the list of places to see!


It really is beautiful out there! Well worth the trip!
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Re: Big Bend Trip - April 20, 2012 - Part 3/?- CDRI

Postby Tony » Fri May 25, 2012 2:39 pm

Really enjoying your post John, thanks for sharing! :)
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Re: Big Bend Trip - April 20, 2012 - Part 3/?- CDRI

Postby RichR » Tue May 29, 2012 3:36 pm

Thanks for the pics, John. Makes me realize I need to visit West Texas again soon.

The 2-year drought has been so devastating out there. I think the cactus community in Big Bend will need at least a decade to recover (especially the opuntias) assuming a normal rain pattern resumes soon.

The good news is that the park has had some decent rains recently. I'm eager to see your pictures from there.
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Re: Big Bend Trip - April 20, 2012 - Part 3/?- CDRI

Postby tudedude » Wed May 30, 2012 4:12 am

wow, was that giant pelecyphora ony 12 bucks? I'd buy that whole table!
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Re: Big Bend Trip - April 20, 2012 - Part 3/?- CDRI

Postby John C » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:52 pm

Thanks everyone! It sure was a great trip!

I am still working on getting the other pics uploaded. I will be away this week, so either I will have more time to post the pictures, or I will be totally busy. I will see.

tudedude wrote:wow, was that giant pelecyphora ony 12 bucks? I'd buy that whole table!


No, those plants were not for sale. I don't know what the 12 stands for.
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