Thursday, August 27, 2015

Night and Day

Texas - Dallas Multiview

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 43
Notes: The top portion of the card shows the Dallas skyline, which was also shown on a card that I posted on May 10.  The bottom half of the card shows several buildings close-up, including the West End Marketplace.  The West End is the historic district of Dallas, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  One of the attractions in the West End is the Sixth Floor Museum, which is located in the Texas School Book Depository.  Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of this building (allegedly).  The West End Marketplace was massive mall and entertainment complex.  I say was because it apparently closed in 2006, so I guess this card was printed before that.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pick a Vase, Any Vase

Germany - Greek Vases, State Collections of Antiques, Munich

Sent by: iheartmail
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For: Museums and Galleries Round Robin - Group 104
Notes: Griechische vasen translates to Greek vases, which makes sense, because the picture shows a bunch of vases.  This ancient Greek pottery is on display at the Staatliche Antikensammlunge, or State Collections of Antiquities, in Munich, Germany.  The museum was founded in the mid-1800s, and has collections of Greek, Roman and Etruscan art.  Their collection of antique pottery is comparable to the collections of the Louvre and the British Museum. I really like the owl-shaped vase, but the one in the lower left with the eyes is giving me the creeps.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Field of Flowers, Sky of Fire

Texas - Bluebonnets at Sunset

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Group 42
Notes: When I first looked at this card, I thought that the sky was on fire.  The wispy clouds even look like smoke.  But then I realized that it is just a sunset (or possibly sunrise) over a field of Texas bluebonnets.  Bluebonnets are typically the bluey-purpley color shown here; however, there have been some mutations that have caused white, pink and even maroon bluebonnets.  But can they still be called bluebonnets if they aren't blue??  

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mail from the Post Office

Macau HK-53194 received 03-24-2012

Sent by: erynvorn
From: Hong Kong
ID number: HK-53194
Notes: The island of Macau is one of the two special administrative regions of China, along with Hong Kong.  It is the most densely populated region in the world, with 642,000 people living in just 11.6 square miles (30.3 square km).  I don't know much about the building shown here, other than the fact that it is the post office.  It's a much nicer looking post office than the ones I have visited here in the U.S.!  erynvorn sent this card while he was living in Hong Kong.  He was born in France, has also lived in Switzerland and Japan, and currently lives in New York.  

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Gone to Oregon

Oregon - Oregon Coast

Sent by: jschwab
From: Portland, Oregon, USA
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 319
Notes: Oregon has 363 miles (584 km) of coastline along the Pacific Ocean. It is divided into three sections - the North Coast, the Central Coast and the South Coast.  The North Coast boasts the longest stretch of unbroken beach.  Due to the Oregon Beach Bill of 1967, free beach access is given to everyone.  The Central Coast has fewer sandy beaches than the North Coast, but a greater number of bays, cliffs and terraces.  The South Coast is more mountainous, but has both beaches and cliffs.  The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is also located along the South Coast, with dunes over 500 ft (150 m) high.

Unfortunately, this card does not tell me where any of the sites on this card are actually located along the coast.  

Oregon - Lava River Cave, Deschutes National Forest

Sent by: FlagGazer
From: Crooked River Ranch, Oregon, USA
For: North America Meets the World Round Robin - Group 310
Notes: This is the Lava River Cave, located in the Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon.  Within the forest is the Newberry National Volcanic Monument containing 50,000 acres (20,000 ha) of lakes, lava flows and other geologic features.  The cave is a lava tube, and is the longest in Oregon at 5,211 ft. (1,588 m) in length.  The eruption that created the cave occurred about 80,000 years ago.