My interests in water gardening go back many years. How many? Well, I bought my first waterlily from the "The Three Springs Nursery", now known as Lilypons, so that might give you an idea. My passion is the tropical lily. I am in awe of its beauty, grace and many different colors.
I live in the northwest corner of Connecticut, USA, on Bantam Lake, which is the state's largest natural lake at 1000 acres. I have lived here for 20 years and every day is a special treat. There is always something going on, such as sailboat races and in the winter ice boat races. I am fortunate to live only 60 feet from the waters edge, on the east side where I can see the sunsets every night. I use the lake water for all my outside needs, watering the grass, washing the car, doing water changes in the ponds. I do about a 10 percent water change every day, all automatically.
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I am a professional helicopter pilot for a local ABC affiliate TV station. The aircraft that we fly is a multi-million dollar flying television station. We have the capabilities of broadcasting live from any point in the state. Unfortunately our coverage is of untimely events and disasters.
I have been flying professionally for over thirty years and in that time have had the privilege of flying many different types of aircraft. I am typed and current in the following: single and multi engine piston and jet aircraft, piston and jet helicopters, and seaplanes. I have tried balloons and gliders and to be honest the lack of engine noise is disconcerting. I have extensive experience in crop dusting, student training, aerial photography, corporate travel and medical transportation.
My other passion is photography, especially now, digital. I have been taking and developing photos since I was 10 years old. I have three digital cameras and each one will render a color a little differently. I particularly enjoy doing close-up studies of waterlily flowers and have been asked to share my techniques for photographing them here.
Over the years I have tried to propagate tropicals with encouraging
but limited success. I am a total novice at the cross pollinating
procedure but this year (2002) crossed 'Star of Siam' and 'Jack
Wood'. I did this cross in a greenhouse and bagged the flowers
immediately so I know no bugs were involved. The results are:
My love of helicopters, photography and tropical lilies come together neatly to form a marriage of life-long interests.
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