Sunday, March 29, 2015

I Like Square Buttes

USA US-624156 received 03-01-2010

Sent by: MtMike
From: Montana, USA
ID number: US-624156
Notes: Yes, that says butte. Specifically, Square Butte, a landmark in central Montana that helped guide Lewis and Clark across the prairie.  It is also the standard reference point to airplanes on Great Falls International Airport in Great Falls, Montana, as it is located 22 miles west of the city.  At first, I thought that Wikipedia had no page on the butte, because searching neither "Square Butte" nor "Square Butte, Montana" yielded results about it.  It turns out that the correct search term was "Square Butte, Topographic Feature, Montana".  I wanted to find the page to find out how tall the butte is.  In case you are as curious as I was, it is 4,797 feet (1,462 m) tall.

USA US-672582 received 07-31-2010

Sent by: theawakened
From: Helena, Montana, USA
ID number: US-672582
Notes: The caption on the back of the card says nothing about which river or which mountain this card shows.  Instead it talks about fishing uncrowded waters, the shimmering sunlight and the serpentine serenity.  Good grief!  Well, at least the picture is pretty.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

High and Holy

Australia AU-339791 received 03-06-2014

Sent by: alirose
From: New South Wales, Australia
ID number: AU-339791
Notes: Kanangra-Boyd National Park is a 169,700 acre (68,660 hectare) park in New South Wales, Australia, about 110 miles (180 km) southwest of Sydney.  The park features mountains, spires, karst (cave) formations, one of Australia's deepest gorges and three waterfalls systems.  It also has cliffs known as the Kanangra Walls, shown here.  I wasn't able to figure out how tall this cliff is, but just by looking at it, I think it is safe to say that falling off of it would be hazardous to your health.

Belarus BY-1237738 received 04-12-2014

Sent by: NastenaS
From: Osipovichi (Asipovichy), Belarus
ID number: BY-1237738
Notes: According to the back of the card, this is the Catholic Church of St. Anthony of Padua in Pastavy, Belarus.  That is almost more information than the entire Wikipedia page for the city of Pastavy has, and the Wikipedia page doesn't mention the church at all.  It does say that the city has a population of 19,800 people, it's located on the River Myadelki (which I'm guessing is the river in the photo) and it celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2009.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Curses Upon this Place!*

USA US-992031 received 02-05-2011

Sent by: marlepowe
From: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
ID number: US-992031
Notes: I am a baseball fan, specifically a fan of the Chicago Cubs.  The Cubs' biggest rival is the St. Louis Cardinals, who call Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis home.  This year's MLB season starts on Sunday, April 5, with the Cardinals playing the Cubs at Wrigley Field, a MUCH better place than this heap.  I hope this stadium doesn't see a single Cardinals win this year.  GO CUBS!!

*The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of Trekkie Gal, and do not necessarily reflect those of the card's sender, photographer or publisher.  But seriously, the Cardinals suck!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sweets for the Sweet...Or Me, Anyway

India IN-19039 received 09-03-2011

Sent by: Amiya
From: Dehli, India
ID number: IN-19039
Notes:  All kinds of sweet things here!  I think my favorite would be the cupcake.  Or maybe the ice cream sundae.  No, probably the cupcake.  Hmmm...decisions, decisions.  What's your favorite kind of sweet food?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Another Capitol Idea

USA US-730893 received 06-26-2010

Sent by: toddschoonover
From: Pennsylvania, USA
ID number: US-730893
Notes: This Capitol Building in Jefferson City is the sixth Capitol in Missouri's history, and the third in Jefferson City.  It was completed in 1917, and features 13 x 18 ft. bronze doors, which at the time they were cast were the largest since the Roman era.  Just to the right of the pine tree, you can see the 13 ft (4 m) tall statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands outside the building. There is also a statue on top of the dome, of the Roman goddess of agriculture, grain crops, and fertility - Ceres.   Just below Ceres, inside the dome, is a whispering gallery, which is not usually open to the public.