ralph graeser

הצטרף ב:יוני 27, 2020 פעילות אחרונה: אוג' 08, 2022 iNaturalist

I am a biochemist by training, but spent a lot of time during my childhood hiking the Swiss Alps. My father, a Geologist interested also in plants and reptiles, together with his good friend, a botany professor from Zurich, guided me through the beauty of the area explaining me plants and rocks, and how they interact. The botanist also introduced me to the Orchid family of plants, which has been fascinating me ever since with its amazing variety of shapes, colours, and habitats.
As an ExPat in the US during COVID times I re-discovered these roots of mine and am really enjoying hunting for orchids native to the Northeast of the US. Given the minimal overlap with European species, this has been a really fun endeavor, and kept me busy and allowed for re-charging my batteries over the last and now also hopefully this coming summer.
Given my utter ignorance on NorthEastern US Orchid habitats, iNaturalist has been a great resource to help me find some of these species. I am really grateful to people sharing these locations, and also helping me to correctly identify the orchids (and other plants) that I found during my excursions.
I would be very happy to be contacted on any of the above and share experiences hunting orchids etc...

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