How about a dose of cuteness on this Wednesday morning?
There’s not a lot to add to these cards, just enjoy the cuteness!
I love manatees, they are so huge but they are gentle. They just want to eat seaweed and mind their own adorable business. Neither Alma nor I have seen a manatee up close, but Alma did recount a story of seeing a water moccasin (a deadly snake) up close! Eeek! I’d much rather see a manatee.
A few days later I got this other card from Alma, from a Postcrossing meet-up in Tampa. I haven’t been to a postcard meeting yet, it sounds like fun!
This painting is called Daphnis and Chloe, presumably after the Greek story about these two lovers. It’s pretty appropriate for this week before Valentine’s Day!
This beautiful card of a bridge comes from thebluemorpho:
Unfortunately, it was sent from the United States, not Colombia. It’s hard to get countries in South America, although I am getting some more cards from Brazil soon. It’s still a beautiful card, and I have a new stamp:
So, maybe it’s not getting sunny in Oregon, but certainly somewhere it is, otherwise these flamingos would look silly wearing sunglasses:
I got two sea-creature postcards this week, from opposite sides of the US. First came this card from Washington state showing orcas:
And from Lori in Florida comes this great card showing manatees. I love manatees! Along with whales, they are my favorite water mammals. Lori sent this postcard in exchange for an “ugly postcard.” She collects hideous, crappy, and ugly cards! I think we both got a good laugh at the card I sent showing “beautiful” “historic” Charlestown, Rhode Island. It shows a parking lot and not much else! Lori was kind enough to use this awesome Chinese New Year stamp:
As I write this, snow is coming down outside my window- very unusual for Portland. However, I think snow would be more unusual in the Everglades in Florida:
This card comes from Ashley via the Postcrossing forum. The Everglades are not only a National Park, but they’ve been a UNESCO site since 1979. Right now they are on the endangered World Heritage list because the ecosystem is so fragile. There are many endangered species who live in the park, such as the Florida panther, West Indian manatee, and sea turtles. On this card you can see an alligator, which is often confused with a crocodile. Alligators have more U-shaped jaws that crocodiles, which have V-shaped jaws. Crocodiles can also live in saltier waters than alligators.
Alligators are a common site in the Everglades; I remember many years ago when I visited there, we went on an alligator spotting tour. Many of them were sunning themselves on the side of the road as we drove past in an open-air tram. One person thought it would be a good photo opportunity if he reached out and petted one, until he was told off by the tour guide. I like this close-up of an alligator on a postcard: easy to see, and little risk of injury.
I have two new view cards to share this afternoon. The first comes from Veronique in France:
These Colombian donkeys don’t come from Colombia, but rather from thebluemorpho in Florida. It looks like donkeys can carry a lot! Neither the sender nor I have been to Colombia, or to South America. I’d love to get a postcard actually sent from a South American country. It’s the only continent I’m missing on my map, other than Antarctica.
Something quick and sweet for this Tuesday morning:
Spottie Dottie comes from PinkZombie in Florida, from a swap-bot swap. She writes about her two dogs, Chaos and Moose (cute names). I miss my two dogs; luckily it is less than two weeks until I can be with them!
Spottie Dottie is one of the Sanrio/Hello Kitty characters. She’s cute, but my favorite is Hello Kitty and her friend Dear Daniel. Do you have a favorite Sanrio character?
My quest for one map card and one view card from every state continues, and I can add another completed state to the list: Florida!
Here’s what I received in the I ❤ Postcards USA swap. They’re from all over the US:
I love the natural scenery on the postcards. There are so many beautiful places in our country. Until I can visit them all, I’m glad I have postcards!