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Threadfin Butterflyfish

This has got to be the BIGGEST  {actual} postcard I’ve recieved so far. The in fo on the back is all in Russian, but I’ll trust that this is the fish’s zoological name: Chaetodon auriga.

Koli - National Landscape

It’s a Moomin stamp!

I think this view of Koli is breathtaking! It’s so open, and you almost wonder which is sky and which is water.

Phi Phi Islands, Krabi

This back view is bigger cause I want to show you all the stunning stamps that Nuch used. The one on the left is almost half the wifth of the card!

Greetings from Edersee

The Edersee is a large reservoir created by the construction, from 1908 to 1914, of a rock and concrete dam across the Eder river, near the small town of Waldeck in northern Hesse, Germany, to generate hydropower and regulate water levels for shipping on the Weser river. It lies at the northern edge of the Kellerwald.

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was an American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor.Much of Carver’s fame is based on his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops both as a source of their own food and as a source of other products to improve their quality of life.

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Cards from the US this fortnight. First off, this postcard from the book A Year in Japan.

It looks like an illustration of hundreds of origami cranes. This got me thinking of The Legend of the Crane: An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. And here’s a link where you can learn to make one.

I deliberately swapped the two images so the back of this postcard is the main image. Just look at the details Stephanie put on the card! She even has a Postcrossing stamp that looks like a postoffice stamp with space to write the ID. AND a date stamp. I love the way she wrote my name too! This has got to be my favourite back of a card so far.

The card itself – I thought it was from Europe when I saw the Tudor style buildings. But nosirree, this is Solvang, a Danish city in Santa Barbara county, California, USA!

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3 Postcards this fortnight.

First up a postcard from Malaysia. Try as I may, I just could not firgure out what building this is supposed to be. I googled The Beijing Estern District Post and Telecommunications Office – which is written on the back. But what caught my eye (again) was the stamps/ So I’ll share some fact on Piper nigrum, better known as Black Pepper.
Malaysia is one of the top exporters of Black Pepper (amongst other things). Black pepper, along with other spices from India and lands farther east, changed the course of world history. It was in some part the preciousness of these spices that led to the European efforts to find a sea route to India. And we all know that they needed a sort of Pitstop or way-station along the way to stock up on fresh water and food – Hence the founding of Cape Town in 1652.

Did you know: Black pepper is produced from the still-green unripe berries of the pepper plant; and White pepper consists of the seed of the pepper plant only, with the darker colored skin of the pepper fruit removed.

Beautiful aerial view of Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida. It is host to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

I just love the kitty sticker on the back. And of course I smiled at the Island name 🙂

Funny thing – this card has the same ID as the manatee one from my previous Postcrossing post. Maybe she thought the card took too long to be registered or accidently sent two ~ It can happen. South Africa is pretty big and mail takes a while to get to us smaller towns 😉

My first one from South America! And it’s from Brazil. A nightshot of the City Hall of Pompéia.

Since I don’t speak any Portuguese, I have a google link for you to some intersting Architecture in this city.

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