Monday, July 6, 2015

Totally Not Photoshopped

USA US-654479 received 04-19-2010

Sent by: TjPegly
From: Houston, Texas, USA
ID number: US-654479
Notes: Check out the markings on the cats.  That's totally real!  Seriously!!

Did you believe me?  Because if you did, I have this bridge I need to sell...

Here is what the blurb on the back of the card says: Kate Bishop works quickly using stencils and an electrostatic airbrush, to position images at the correct height so they can interact with images on other cats.  As the cats move about in a confined space, the images merge, becoming partially obscured and transformed in a vast orchestration of rapidly-changing random forms, each one representing the sum of its infinite possibilities.  This work has been described as representing a significant advance in the celestial-bestial chromosphere. 

Umm...yeah, sure.  The image is called Heavenly Bodies, and is from a collection called Why Paint Cats.  Hey look, you can buy the book used on Amazon for $.04 (plus $3.99 shipping)!  And while you are at it, you could get the companion book, Why Cats Paint.  The hardcover on that one is only $.01!    

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Spanish Sights

Spain ES-279788 received 03-08-2014

Sent by: adrumo
From: Cáceres, Spain
ID number: ES-279788
Notes: This rather imposing and unfriendly-looking building is the cathedral in the city of Plasencia in western Spain.  The city dates to the late 12th century, and boasts a double line of walls dating to 1197, and the remains of a Roman aquaduct.  Work on the current cathedral began in 1498, and it was being built while the old cathedral on the same site was being torn down.  The construction continued off and on until the 18th century, when the building project was abandoned, leaving a cathedral that was a mixture of the old and the new.


Spain - End of El Camino de Santiago, Fisterra

Sent by: Green Tortuga
From: Seattle, Washington
Notes: Here is another card from my friend Ryan, sent while on one of his hikes.  Actually, this was sent from the end of the Camino de Santiago, a famous (and ancient) pilgrimage route to the city of Santiago de Compostela.  Fisterra (which comes from the Latin finis terrae, meaning land's end) is actually about 60 miles (98 kilometers) past Santiago de Compostela in far north-west Spain.  Many modern-day pilgrims on the Camino finish their hikes here. The body of water seen in these photos is the Atlantic Ocean, so it is not possible to walk any farther west...at least not without the aid of some SCUBA gear!

FYI, Ryan is currently re-hiking the Appalachian Trail, and if you'd like to read about his exploits, you can check out his blog here.  You'll have to go back to the entries from March to read about the A.T. from the beginning.  Or to read about his Camino hike, start in August of 2012.  He includes lots of photos in all of his entries.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

USA US-1558490 received 03-31-2012

Sent by: maverick7706
From: Lakeville, Minnesota, USA
ID number: US-1558490
Notes: I didn't really have any good Fourth of July cards, so I had to make do.  This card from the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota looks rather patriotic to me.  It opened in August of 1992, and I believe I visited it a couple of years later with my parents.  I spent most of my time there in the amusement park in the center of the mall rather than looking in the stores themselves.




Michigan - Robert E. Lee Showboat, Lowell

Notes: In 1932, during the Great Depression, the town of Lowell, Michigan started an annual project to hold a talent show on a riverboat.  The first showboat was the George Washington, but in 1935, the Robert E. Lee, shown here, was commissioned.  I'm not quite sure why a city in Michigan would name a boat after a Confederate general, but several new boats have been built since then, and they all seem to be named Robert E. Lee, so I guess the name works for them. I chose the card for today because the flags and bunting seemed appropriate for today.  I purchased this card at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Grand Rapids when I was there for a Postcrossing meet-up a few years ago.  It is made from two pieces of maple veneer, but seems like it would easily snap in two if it were to be sent through the postal system.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Rawr!

South Africa ZA-44991 received 06-02-2014

Sent by: mepype
From: Johannesburg, South Africa
ID number: ZA-44991
Notes: Oh, just look at the pretty kitty!  He looks so regal sitting there.  Unfortunately, wild male lions only usually live to be about 10 years old because of injuries sustained from fighting with rival males.  They can live for more than 20 years in captivity though.  mepype says that lions are part of the 'Big Five' of South Africa, a term formerly used by hunters but now used primarily by safari tour operators.  The other four of the 'Big Five' are leopards, rhinos, elephants and cape buffalo.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What a Zoo!

Germany DE-844769 received 03-07-2011

Sent by: Positron
From: Leipzig, Germany
ID number: DE-844769
Notes: As you can see, this card is from the Leipzig Zoo, which opened in 1878 in the city of Leipzig in eastern Germany.  It currently covers 56 acres housing over 850 species of animals.  It has a large carnivore exhibit, and has bred over 2,000 lions and 250 Siberian tigers, which are endangered. This card is obviously from the aquarium.  There is no information on the back saying specifically what all of these animals are.  I do believe the blue fish at the top is a blue tang, like Dory in Finding Nemo (and soon to be Finding Dory).