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  TitanWatch 5/13/03 1:30 AM a wild Stinkathon
From: "Craig Allen" callen at fairchildgarden.org> on 2003.05.12 at 23:02:04(10247)
Heading home now. Just want to let anyone that stayed up all night watching the pollination know how much fun we had. There were about 15-20 people that stayed until about 10:30 PM, but there were an intrepid few (maybe 8-10) that stayed until 1:30 in the morning. That included a Miami Herald reporter who had a blast... well a wild Stinkathon. We popped the Champaign at 1 AM to celebrate my carrion beetle act. Mr. Stinky begin closing up almost immediately and odor lessened quickly. I hope that means pollination was successful. I write ya'll a more detailed update tomorrow, or I should say later today when and if I can get myself out of bed.

It has been fun.

Craig M. Allen

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From: hermine hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2003.05.13 at 09:34:55(10249)
At 02:02 AM 05/13/2003 -0400, Craig Allen wrote:

Heading home now. Just want to let anyone that stayed up all night
watching the pollination know how much fun we had. There were about 15-20
people that stayed until about 10:30 PM, but there were an intrepid few
(maybe 8-10) that stayed until 1:30 in the morning. That included a Miami
Herald reporter who had a blast... well a wild Stinkathon. We popped the
Champaign at 1 AM to celebrate my carrion beetle act.

OH I HOPE IT WAS A LOUIS ROEDERER CRISTAL BRUT from a vintage year! i
hope it was not a bulk process or methode charmat champagne! I hope the
bottle was opened appropriately so that foam did not spew all over the
place like in those locker rooms after some football team wins something!

this is too exciting, i must lie down now.

you might like to know that various groups of people, like performance
artists, have been reading about this botanical wonder, and cannot believe
it! i have not blown my cover and told them about the birds, bees, dung
beetles and other wonders of the natural world, i have in fact said NOTHING
to let on that this kind of thing is part of my "other" life. but it has
been closely monitored by a large number of people outside of our botanical
world.

hermine

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From: Paul Tyerman ptyerman at ozemail.com.au> on 2003.05.13 at 17:34:19(10252)
At 02:02 13/05/03 -0400, you wrote:
>Heading home now. Just want to let anyone that stayed up all night
watching the pollination know how much fun we had. There were about 15-20
people that stayed until about 10:30 PM, but there were an intrepid few
(maybe 8-10) that stayed until 1:30 in the morning. That included a Miami
Herald reporter who had a blast... well a wild Stinkathon. We popped the
Champaign at 1 AM to celebrate my carrion beetle act. Mr. Stinky begin
closing up almost immediately and odor lessened quickly. I hope that means
pollination was successful. I write ya'll a more detailed update tomorrow,
or I should say later today when and if I can get myself out of bed.
>

Craig,

I assume that the flower reopened in the morning though? I checked the
webcam last night (our time) and watched over a while as daylight gradually
brought Mr Stinky into light. It was fully open and looking wonderful at
7:30 - 10:00 am on the 13th, so I assume it must have reopened in the morning?

Now according to the cam it is 8:30pm and dark so I assume that it must
have closed during the day so the lights weren't put on this evening? I
was mortified when I saw your original email saying it was opening and that
it'd be closed by morning, as I thought I was going to miss it like I
missed Audrey III.... but was relieved to find it open when daylight
finally reached there.

So, just to let you know that at least one person on the other side of the
world enjoyed the show as well!! I thoroughly enjoyed the updates
from you, and the various bits and pieces showing the changes to expected
opening times etc. Well done! I wish I could have seen it in person, but
i don't think we actually have any mature titanums in Australia do we? I
hope to see one flower one day!! Gues I'll just have to wait until seeds
are available over heresave up and buy a seed or two if they.

Good luck with the Carrion beetle activities...... I hope they were
successful. Will the webcams stay in place now, or will they be switched
off shortly? Would love to see the seedhead develop if you were successful.

All the best Craig. Thanks fo the enjoyment you've given us with the
updates and webcams.

Cheers.

Paul Tyerman

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From: "Craig Allen" callen at fairchildgarden.org> on 2003.05.15 at 10:11:07(10264)
I'm not sure if the web cam will stay on the (hopefully) fruited inflorescence. It will have to be moved to a more secure place if it was pollinated. This morning it is forming the bag shape I was looking for. I think that is a good sign.

Craig M. Allen

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