Wintery Belarus

Winter Scene

Winter Scene

This postcard comes from Alexander, who is from Belarus. If you look carefully, you will be able to see the lines on the paper. I always enjoy the different looks, shapes, textures etc. that make different postcards unique. I am not sure what this paper stock is called but I sure do love postcards printed on them. The postcard does not indicate what painting this is or whether it is a famous place, so with that, I will just let you admire my cool postcard. Be jealous! Thanks Alexander!

Paraguay, At Last!

Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion, Paraguay

My first postcard from Paraguay comes from Jimena, who lives in Argentina but traveled to Paraguay over the holidays. As those of you who collect postcards would know, most South American countries are notoriously difficult to collect, so I am super excited about this postcard! Unfortunately I could not find anything about this train station in the country’s capital that was in English, so I absolutely cannot elaborate on why this postcard is cool any further. But for those of you who do know a thing or two about it, please do leave me a comment!

The Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis, Finland

Aurora Borealis, Finland

This postcard of an aurora borealis comes from Tuula from Finland. The Northern Lights or aurora borealis is caused as a result of charged particles from the sun that collide with atoms and molecules in the earth’s atmosphere at an altitude of between 90 and 250 kilometers. It is due to this collision that oxygen and nitrogen emit the light that we perceive. On the other side of the planet, a similar event takes place, the lesser known, Southern Lights or aurora australis can be viewed from the Southern parts of Australia, New Zealand, South America and also in Antarctica. Unfortunately for me, South Africa just is not south enough. Aurorae also occur on other planets in the solar system, specifically at the magnetic north pole of the planet. Very interesting to know about this, thank you Tuula!

The White Beauties

Polar Bears

Polar Bears

This awesome postcard of the most adorable polar bears in Alaska comes from Francis, who lives in Oregon. The scientific name of the polar bear is ursus maritimus, which literally means “maritime bear,” as they spend most of their lives in the ocean. These 2 cubs would have been born in December and would have stayed in their den until late March or early April. Unfortunately the population of these beautiful animals are in decline, as for years hunting was their biggest threat, there is now also an added threat: drowning, which is occurring as a result of climate change. Sad indeed. An adult boar could weigh anything between 350 and 700 kilograms, which is about double the size of the sow. These are truly wonderful and beautiful creatures!

Liberec Bombardment

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This bombardment of postcards of Liberec comes from Martin, from the Czech Republic. He was also previously responsible for a bombardment of postcards of Hradec Kralove. Of course, in this sense I am most appreciative of being bombarded. With a population of nearly 150 000 people, it is the 5th largest city in the Czech Republic. The city was first settled by German and Flemish migrants in 1348, who were then expelled after World War II. Liberec is, however, still the home of a German minority, as well as a Jewish and Greek minority today. I always mention how great it is to learn of places that one never knew about and Martin certainly has provided me with yet another great learning experience and a lot of photos to back that up with. Thank you Martin!

 

Stunning, That’s All

Lahos Island, Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur, Philppines

Lahos Island, Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur, Philippines

This stunningly beautiful postcard comes from Roselyn from the Philippines. I cannot find too much information on the area, except that it is found in Camarines Sur province of the country. It is also home to Caramoan National Park, which is a 347 hectare national park that was established in the area in 1936. It is apparently also popular with tourists but with a scene like this, I guess one could deduce that without having to read about it. Thank you Roselyn, it’s stunning!

Stunning Scotland

Black Rock Cottage, Glencoe, Scotland

Black Rock Cottage, Glen Coe, Scotland

This absolutely stunning postcard comes from Doyel from Scotland. It shows Black Rock Cottage, which is located between Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe in Scotland. Behind the cottage one can catch a glimpse of Buachaille Etive Mor (The great herdsman of Etive.) It reaches a height of 1022 meters and I am sure that on a clear day one could see all the beauty of the Scottish highlands from up there. It truly is an amazing postcard, thank you Doyel!

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

This postcard of the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia comes from Nuru, who also lives in the country. Nuru tells me that tea leaves are also a common sight in Malaysia, a fact that I am pretty familiar with. The area, located about 200 km from the capital, Kuala Lumpur, was named after Sir William Gordon Cameron, who was a colonial officer that visited the area in the 1880s. The Cameron Highlands are known for having a year-round wet season, with most rainfall taking place October and November and the least between January and February. It has been a major tea growing region of the country since 1926. Definitely a beautiful place! I have always believed that Malaysia must be one of the most beautiful countries in the world and it seems that my instincts were quite right. Thank you for a great postcard Nuru!

Guernsey 2014

Guernsey 2014

Guernsey 2014

This “vaguely functional” postcard, as Monica puts it, comes from her, obviously. First of all, let me state that I love this postcard, as I always like postcards that are very specific to a period. In this case, 2o14. But not any 2014, a Guernsey 2014. What is a Guernsey 2014, you might ask, well, 2014 in Guernsey works as follows:

A Guernsey 2014 is characterised by having a dozen months. Each of these months will have 31 days every other month, except for that weird thing that happens in July and August, both of which have 31 days. The months that fall between those months will each have 30 days, except for February, which has 28 days. The Guernsey 2014 starts on 1 January 2014 at 00:00:00 and ends on 31 December 2014 at 23:59:59, and 00:00:00 marks the start of the Guernsey 2015.

Thank you Monica for sharing with me, the secret of a Guernsey 2014!

A Real Cowboy

Texas, The home of REAL cowboys

Texas, The home of REAL cowboys

This postcard, which is a little literal in its take on what a cowboy is, comes from Marian, who obviously resides in the Lone Star State. More specifically, she lives in Dallas. I do enjoy this postcard, as a good dose of dry humour is always fun. Puns are also awesome, I especially enjoy one on a blue Punday. I like it loads Marian, thank you so much!