Friday, 1 August 2014

Green peace

I've had a hot and bothersome week so this beautiful card from Japan has come as a welcome surprise.  It shows a pathway through the bamboo forest of  Sagano which is near Kyoto. When there is a breeze, the bamboos make a wonderful sound.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy. Click on the button to join in.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Rural Pennsylvania

Cows in an idyllic setting.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is so large, the largest in the world, it can bee seen from outer space.  The tragedy is that it's under threat from all sorts of things: pollution, climate change, overfishing, and predators.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

A view of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi through one of the lovely keyhole arches.  The mosque is the largest in the United Arab Emirates, and during the festival of Eid it can be visited by 40,000 people.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Falkland Islands

My mother's best friend married someone from the Falkland Islands and went to live there some time shortly after World War II.  Sadly she died rather young and so we never did have much contact with the Islands.

Young people who live there and want to continue their education beyond the age of 16 have to return to England.  The school my son went to was one of the few that took these students.  Many of them found it very hard to settle.  I should think it would be a huge culture shock to move from a country with a population of approximately 3000 to a city with a population of 40,000+.

A map on Monday.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Volcanoes of Kamchatka

A double helping of volcanoes.  Both the postcard and the stamp show volcanoes in the Kamchatka region of Russia.  The postcard shows the Gorely volcano with an acid lake, the Blue Lake.  The stamp shows the Karymsky volcano which has been erupting non-stop ever since 2013 and fairly continuously since 1996.

The whole area of the Kamchatka peninsula was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1996 but I'm afraid I hadn't heard of it until this card arrived last week.  There are about 300 volcanoes and of these, 29 are still active.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, run by Viridian. To see some more stamps on Sunday, click on the button below and visit Viridian's blog.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Borrowing and Multiplying the Landscape

"Borrowing and Multiplying the Landscape" is the title of the work by French artist Daniel Buren.  It is in fact an enormous window (in the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate) through which you can see the sea, with mirrors on either side

I bought the postcard myself because I was so impressed by the original.  I've had it two years at least and only picked it out again because of the card from the German Bundestag has a very similar shape to the left of centre.  I've no idea what that shape is but it does look very similar to Daniel Buren's work.

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