Friday, April 9, 2010

Australia - Fraser Island


From: Elaine - Postcrossing - AU-72573 , Very colorful card. Thanks! :)
Subject:   Fraser Island, is an island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 300 kilometres (190 mi) north of Brisbane. Its length is about 120 kilometres (75 mi).[1] It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992.[2] The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km².[3] Its resident human population was 360 at the census of 2006, of whom 11 were Indigenous Australians.
1. Wanggoolba Creek rainforest
2. Lake McKenzie
3. Sand blow , Eastern Brach
4. Fraser Island at twilight

Stamps:  Russell Falls are located on the eastern boundary of Mount Field National Park, in Tasmania, Australia. 

China - Zhi Xin Middle School


From: Daisy - Postcrossing - CN-160729
Where: Zhi Xin Middle school, China
Subject:  Female students of Zhi Xin Middle school, ambulance corps having simulated training in 1927. Located in Guangzhou city
Stamps:  Thanks Daisy for the lovey rose stamps too :)

Chile - Osorno


From: Hernán (Santiago, Chile) - Just because :)  What an awesome view! :) 
Subject:  Osorno Volcano is a 2,652-metre (8,701 ft) tall conical stratovolcano lying between Osorno Province and Llanquihue Province, in Los Lagos Region of Chile. It stands on the southeastern shore of Llanquihue Lake, and also towers over Todos los Santos Lake. Osorno is known worldwide as a symbol of the local landscape, and is noted for its similar appearance to Mount Fuji. Osorno is one of the most active volcanoes of the southern Chilean Andes, with 11 historical eruptions recorded between 1575 and 1869. The basalt and andesite lava flows generated during these eruptions reached both Llanquihue and Todos los Santos Lakes. The upper slopes of the volcano are almost entirely covered in glaciers despite its very modest altitude and latitude, sustained by the substantial snowfall in the very moist maritime climate of the region. Osorno sits on top of a 250,000-year-old eroded stratovolcano, La Picada, with a 6-km-wide caldera. To read more about it click on the link. Osorno Volcano

Chile - San Pedro De Atacama


From: Hernán (Santiago, Chile) - Just because :)  
Where:  San Pedro De Atacama  is a Chilean town and commune in El Loa Province, Antofagasta Region. It is located east of Antofagasta, some 106 km (60 mi) southeast of Calama and the Chuquicamata copper mine, overlooking the Licancabur volcano. It features a significant archeological museum, the R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum, with a large collection of relics and artifacts from the region. Native ruins nearby now attract increasing numbers of tourists interested in learning about pre-Columbian cultures. Tourists also visit for other popular activities including sandboarding and stargazing, with the views of the stars from the Atacama unrivalled across the continent.

Subject:  The back of the card lists these 4 photos. 
1- Zorro (South American Gray Fox ) also known as the Patagonian Fox, the Chilla, or the Grey Zorro, is a species of zorro, the "false" foxes. The South American Gray Fox is a small South American canid, weighing 2.5–4 kg (5–9 pounds), and measuring 43–70 cm (17–27 inches) in length.
2 - Valcanes Miscanti y Lejia: A mountain called Miscanti and Lejia.... I will look more into it. There is a salt lake called Laguna Lejía in the area.
3 - Cercanias: I could not find anything on this one. 
4 - Vicuña: is one of two wild South American camelids, along with the guanaco, which live in the high alpine areas of the Andes. It is a relative of the llama, and is now believed to be the wild ancestor of domesticated alpacas, which are raised for their fibre. Vicuñas produce small amounts of extremely fine wool, which is very expensive because the animal can only be shorn every 3 years. When knitted together, the product of the vicuña's fur is very soft and warm. It is understood that the Inca raised vicuñas for their wool, and that it was against the law for any but royalty to wear vicuña garments. To read more about them click on the link. Vicuña

Chile - Different Views of Chile


From: Hernán (Santiago, Chile) - Just because :)  
Subject:  Different Views of Chile.  
Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua)
Stickers:  Thanks Hernan for the neat stickers :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Germany - Brandenburger Tor


From: Julia - Postcrossing - Just because :)
Subject: Brandenburger Tor, is a former city gate and one of the main symbols of Berlin and Germany. It is located west of the city center at the junction of Unter den Linden and Ebertstraße, immediately west of the Pariser Platz. It is the only remaining gate of a series through which one formerly entered Berlin. One block to the north stands the Reichstag building. The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs. It was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace and built by Carl Gotthard Langhans from 1788 to 1791. The Brandenburg Gate was restored from 2000 to 2002 by the Stiftung Denkmalschutz Berlin (Berlin Monument Conservation Foundation). Today, it is considered one of Europe's most famous landmarks. Read more about it here: Brandenburger Tor.
Stamps:  Another "Smelly" stamp! Thanks Julia!  This one smells like a Rose.  And the tall lighthouse (leuchtturme in German) is in Norderney.  I think. 

Malaysia - Rhinoceros Hornbik


From: Nurul (Newrule) Postcrossing - Thematic Stamps RR Group #57
Subject: Rhinoceros Hornbill,  is one of the largest hornbills, adults being 110-127 cm (43-50 in) long and weigh 2-3 kg (4.4-6.6 lbs). The Rhinoceros Hornbill lives in captivity for up to 35 years. It is found in only the highest form of rain forest. Like most other hornbills, the male has orange or red eyes, and the female has whitish eyes. This bird has a mainly white beak and casque (the tip of the casque curves upward strikingly), but there are orange places here and there. It has white underparts, especially to the tail. Read more about the Rhinoceros Hornbill 
by clicking the link. :)

Oriental Honey Buzzard: is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, eagles and harriers.
Leptobarbus hoevenii: a fish species native to northern Malaysia, Thailand, and Borneo. It is a primarily freshwater fish. It may reach up to about 60 centimetres (24 in) long. This fish is omnivorous and is a midwater to near bottom dweller. This fish lives in groups.
Red Leaf Monkey (Presbytis rubicunda): Read all about it by clicking the link. :)  

Ukraine - Polar Bears - Animal Stamps


From: Yulia (Little_Rat), Postcrossing - Thematic Stamp RR Group #57
Subject:  The Polar Bear is a bear native largely within the Arctic circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is the world's largest land carnivore and also the largest bear, together with the omnivorous Kodiak bear, which is approximately the same size.[3] An adult male weighs around 350–680 kg (770–1,500 lb),[4] while an adult female is about half that size. Although it is closely related to the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrow ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet.[5] Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time at sea (hence their scientific name meaning "maritime bear") and can hunt consistently only from sea ice, so spend much of the year on the frozen sea. Read more about it here. Polar Bears.

Stamps:  Lovely animal stamps. Thanks Yulia! :)

Japan - Yoneimon Gate


From: Natsumi - Postcrossing - JP-101668
Where: Yomeimon Gate of Toshogu Shrine
Subject:  Yomeimon Gate of Toshogu Shrine is in Nikko City, Japan.  Toshogu , the mausoleum of leyasu Tokugawa was gorgeously constructed on 1636 after the removal from Mt. Kunozan. The Yomeimon Gate is the most representative building of Momoyama Era (1568-1600). 

Germany - Baltic Sea


From: Karen - Postcrossing - DE-552681
Subject:  These are photos in Northern Germany of the Baltic Sea at night. 
Stamps:  I will look into the stamps. :)

Finland - Lappi


From: Seija - Postcrossing - FI-774957
Subject:  Scenic Finland
Stamps:  Seija added other stickers to the broccoli.  Cute :)  Thanks! 

Switzerland - Daisy


From: Audrea - Postcrossing - CH-47465
Subject:  Lovely photo of a daisy. 
Stamps:  Owl... Thanks Audrea :)

Netherlands - Alphen aan den Rijn - Castellum


From: Alex - Postcrossing 
Where: Castellum
Subject:  Castellum is a theater in Alpen aan de Ruin, Neatherlands.
Stamps:  I will look into the stamps. Thanks Alex!

Netherlands - Alphen aan den Rijn


From: Alex - Postcrossing - NL-296933
Subject:  Alphen aan den Rijn is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland, between Leiden and Utrecht. The town is situated on the banks of the river Oude Rijn (Old Rhine), where the river Gouwe branches off. The municipality had a population of 72,128 in 2008, and covers an area of 57.68 km² (22.27 mile²) of which 2.61 km² (1.01 mile²) is water. It also contains the remnants of a Roman castellum. The municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn also includes the communities of Aarlanderveen and Zwammerdam. The town is located in what is called the 'Green Heart' of the Netherlands, which is a somewhat less densely populated center area of the Randstad. The name "Alphen" is probably derived from the name of the Roman castellum Albanianae, meaning "settlement at the white water".

Stamps:  I will look into the stamps. One looks like a Red Cross one.  :) Thanks Alex!