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How To: Dynamax HPFM Gen. 3 Software Installation and Setup in Windows 7 64-bit

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How To: Dynamax HPFM Gen. 3 Software Installation and Setup in Windows 7 64-bit A colleague and I recently tried to set up an HPFM at work. If you don’t find the Urban Dictionary definition for HPFM satisfying: High Pressure Flow Meters are used to measure the hydraulic conductivity of plant roots, stems and more.
The more specialized your device, the more complicated it usually is to set it up, and the HPFM Gen. 3 by Dynamax was no different: the installation process encompassed many pages of a manual that was, in some points, less detailled than we would have wished.

Here’s our own version of a software installation guide for Windows 7 (64-bit), which also contains some necessary steps that weren’t mentioned in the official manual.

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australia flashback: blue water hole, cape tribulation

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working in the tropical rainforest of far north queensland doesn’t just mean you have an insane variety of tropical fruit available at your fingertips. it also means you can pop out for a swim in one of countless water holes, every now and then.

blue water hole, cape tribulation

pictured: the aptly named “blue water hole”, surrounded by lush rainforest, and almost always crocodile-free.

canopy crane [photo]

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what is a 55 meter jib liebherr crane doing in the middle of the rainforest? it’s certainly not making a lot of noise, when moving the crane box through the canopy!

here’s another photo of the daintree rainforest observatory’s canopy crane:

canopy crane, daintree rainforest observatory, cape tribulation

there’s some more information in my earlier post.

up in the daintree rainforest canopy [photo]

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the daintree rainforest observatory features a canopy crane in the midst of the tropical lowland rainforest of cape tribulation. it covers approximately 1 ha of forest area and grants scientists access to over 740 trees of 82 species.

danielle, andrew and i, up in the daintree rainforest canopy

the above picture shows technician danielle, crane driver andrew, and yours truly, suspended in a little crane box above the rainforest canopy.
we spent most of our crane time in the early morning, just before sunrise. the utter silence of the sleeping rainforest, which gradually gives way to the sound of birds, is only excelled by the view of the sun rising behind the sea, and the first rays of light touching the canopy.

photo: early morning at EucFACE

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there’s always something special in being active at an unusual time. it may be the relative quiet or the minute noises in the background that don’t usually make it to our conscious perception, like a rustling of the leaves. or the smell of fresh, cool air as the fog creeps in.

here’s a picture from 5 a.m. today at the UWS EucFACE site, a “time machine” that will show how eucalyptus forests will adapt to rising atmospheric CO2 levels.

gas ring, canopy crane and moonset - early morning at the UWS EucFACE site.

working during the more extreme hours of the day definitely pays off with views like this.

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georgia excursion 2012, in 33 panorama pictures

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here’s a quick (and very incomplete) set of impressions from last month’s botanical excursion to georgia (the country). instead of trying to organize and post-process all the pictures first, i decided to give you a teaser consisting only of panorama photos.

the trip took us to two main destinations: bakuriani in the lesser caucasus and kazbegi/stepantsminda in the greater caucasus.
botanical highlights included the tall herbaceous vegetation (in this case, tall really means gigantic! a 1 meter caltha sp. should speak for itself.), the tragacanth vegetation of the sheep pastures, the subnival zone of mount kazbek, and many species and genuses endemic to the caucasus regions. of course, seeing almost completely natural river systems with huge banks of the german tamarisk (myricaria germanica, very rare in central europe) is always a good encore.
apart from the biological beauty, georgia also has a rich cultural and historical background, with many churches and monasteries dating back to the very early days of christianity.

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botanical excursion to slovenia [photos]

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in april, we went on a short botanical spring-excursion to slovenia. led by bozo frajman, we experienced a short glimpse of the slovenian culture, cuisine and – of course – the flora.

group photo at tartini square, piran

main stops were made in:

  • vaska skupnost lukovec, where, besides plants, we also found some interesting animals
  • podpec at the edge of the karst plateau, with the extremely rare moehringia tommasinii, which is known only from 6 locations along the karst edge in slovenia, croatia and italy
  • the lovely coast town of piran (slovenia owns 46.6 km of the adriatic coastline, that’s about 2 cm per citizen ;) )
  • ljubljana, the friendly slovenian capital
  • pot v pekel (the “road to hell”), one of the locations where the carniolian primrose (primula carniolica) is growing.

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