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From: ExoticRainforest <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2009.11.12 at 13:20:12(20269)

Janice and I would like to extend anopen invitation to anyone on this forum to visit our Exotic Rainforestatrium. We're blessed to have been able to grow so many interestingplants and have many of them perform just as they would in the wild. We have had as many as 60 visitors in a single day but the average islikely five to eight people per week.

I'd really love to get some of our botanists in the atrium so we canfigure out what some of my "untagged" specimens might be. Lots offolks have been great about sending plants and I've been able toacquire a fairly large number from South America that I know don't havethe correct ID tags. Even if you're just new to plants please visit usif you plan to be near northwest Arkansas.

The first photo showsthe south walkway which leads around to the park bench where we sit toenjoy the pond. Thesecond is what we see as we walk out the kitchen door. The third is the view of the pond withthe waterfall at the end if you are sitting on our park bench whichisn't visible in any of these photos, and the final is a wide angleview of the atrium from the south door. As youcan see, there is a fairly long epiphytic log hanging over the walkwaythat has at least 70 or 80 plants growing on it as th

There are more than 50 fairly large aroids hanging from the ceiling inteak orchid baskets and nearly 40 feet of "bench" around three wallsholding smaller plants in pots. We think you'll find plenty to see sofeel free to come anytime you're in the area.

You can find my cellphone number atthe bottom of the homepage to our website and all we ask is you give ussome notice before you come.

Please accept the invite!

Steve

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From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973 at wp.pl> on 2009.11.14 at 19:43:44(20277)
Steve,

You own a dreamland of every aroid enthusiast!

Anyway I must tell you it again - about your photos. The GIF format reduces colors to 256 (look at the Philo leaves in the photo "atrium combined"), the colors are not natural and the file takes more than 400 kB of memory.

If you used the JPG format, the file size would be smaller and in full colour.

Marek

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From: ExoticRainforest <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2009.11.15 at 05:50:09(20281)
Thanks Marek. I have started addinga few in JPEG but with the thousands of photos already posted on thesite it would take forever to go back and convert them all. TheExoticRainforest site has over 300 pages and some have 10 or morephotos per page.

All the photos are converted in PhotoShop 7.0 and the default forinternet use in the program is GIF. If I convert in PhotoShop to JPEGthe files are twice as large as GIF. I'm sure newer versions of theprogram do it better but since I'm retired I have no need to spendanother thousand dollars on a newer version. The original to the photoyou mentioned was in Photoshop PDF format, 11 megapixel and wasenormous. I would love to go back and reconvert that one but theoriginal file was accidentally destroyed so it is gone forever.

Come visit!

Steve

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From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973 at wp.pl> on 2009.11.15 at 09:46:12(20287)
Hi again,

Saving a file in jpeg format, you can choose the compression factor (in Photoshop while saving there is an option "Quality", you can choose a value between 0 - 12, and at the bottom of the window you can see the size of the converted photo). For plant photos the value 8-9 is enough.

You don't need to spend a cent for a new photo editor, just download Irfan View, it is free and very simple to use. The compression factor is displayed in percents, I usually use 75-85% for web photos depending on the colours (red details require higher quality).

I know that converting existing photos to a new format would be very time consuming. When I started with Araceum, the most common screen resolution was 800x600 px, so I was publishing photos in 300x400 px, and they are still there, but the new photos I add are larger.

Marek

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From: Kyle Baker <kylefletcherbaker at yahoo.com> on 2009.11.15 at 12:24:43(20291)
I as well shall live vicariously through you and your wife and your intriguing collection. I sometimes dream of living somewhere where I could have Heliconia in the garden Orchids on the trees, Bromeliads on the fence and a tropical greenhouse full of philos, begonias and other assorted jewels.

But then I think about Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Typhoons and lack of money and realize that my small overgrown 8 x 12' glassed in porch...is all I shall most likely have.

The Exotic Rainforest site is lovely and I've lost myself for many an hour in the virtual realm.

Th'x for giving yet another arm chair traveler the freedom!!!

Mr. Kyle Fletcher Baker, MCN
Maine

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From: ExoticRainforest <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2009.11.16 at 18:44:47(20303)
I'm more than delighted you enjoythe site Kyle! Come see it in person.

Steve

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