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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by shashidhar sastry, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. shashidhar sastry

    shashidhar sastry Active Member

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    Hi
    I am Shashidhar sastry from India. I live in southern Indian city of Bengaluru. I am a professional Forester and I had the opportunity of working in different parts of our country and out of which about 28 years I have spent in North Eastern state of Nagaland. This is where I picked up my interest and hobby of orchid growing way back in 1983. Presently I live in Bengaluru after I have taken Voluntary retirement from service. My full time occupation is to be with orchids (which has been my passion) and currently I am also the president of The Orchid Society of Karnataka. I have reasonable collection of 160 + species from NE and Southern parts of India, i have a bias towards species collection and growing (not undermining the wonderful hybrids!!). We try to create awareness about conservation of orchids in nature and also popularise orchid growing as a hobby. We have a membership of 300 + members in the society who are very enthusiastic hobbyists.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Shashidhar, welcome to OI. I look forward to seeing some of your plants posted here.

    I am also a retired professional forester. I retired 16 months ago after working in California for 34 years.
     
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    shashidhar sastry Active Member

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    Good, i had a wonderful career as NE part of India is one of the mega diversity hotspots and even now i go for orchid photography in its natural habitat which is tough but enjoyable one, i will definitely share with you all
    Thanks
     
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    Brent W Owner Staff Member

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    Welcome :)
     
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    shashidhar sastry Active Member

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    Thank you
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Glad to have you here! I can't wait to see some of your collection. What species do you grow? Any Bulbophyllum?
     
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    Hi
    Thanks, i have about 160 + species in my collection and about 90 % are Indian species. Dendrobium species tops my collection with about 40 +. I have few Bulbophyllums a, upload_2013-8-22_3-44-7.png
    I will try to post few flowered ones in the coming days. What is your collection comprises of , let me know
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Thats great! Im looking forward to your pictures. I, along with a good portion of the members, grow mostly species. I am a sucker for Bulbos though! Diplocaulobium Dendrobium and Glomera are all a close second. I am only admiring the Glomera's through pictures..... one day lol.
     
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    Some Bulbophyllums from my collection
     

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    naoki Well-Known Member

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    A nice set of Bulbophyllum!
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wonderful photographs. Thanks for sharing them.