Wednesday, March 31, 2010

To Bianca in The Netherlands

I love loons. I hope that Bianca does too!

To Suvi in Finland


To Pat in England

I have been wanting to send this postcard of a Bald Eagle for a very long time. When I was a child eagles were very rarely seen, but now I see one circling over my house everyday. I am so happy that they are coming back from extinction. I hope that Pat enjoys it.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

From Thomas in Germany (Direct Swap)

The stamps on this postcard, from Thomas in Germany, were really not this big in comparison to the postcard. I made them bigger because I think it is easier to see them this way. Fördestadt Kiel looks like a lovely place to visit. I especially love that field of yellow flowers.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

From Emma in Taiwan

This is the second postcard that Emma has sent me. The first card never arrived. She says that the first was of Longshan Temple. (There appears to be several temples with this name, I am guessing on the right link.) I am sure that it would have been beautiful, but this was is lovely too.

To Thomas in Germany (Direct Swap)

Summer, New England
1912, oil on canvas, 48.9 x 69.9 cm.
Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast


Thursday, March 18, 2010

To Li Xia China

From the back of the postcard:


The official state grain of Minnesota, Wild Rice grows naturally in the shallow waters of lakes in the central and northern parts of the state. It is harvested from lakes in the traditional Anishinabe (Native American) way, from canoes.
Photo by Bill Linder

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

From Cheng in China

Another postcard from a "Cheng". This one is from Cheng in China. I don't know why, but I had to stare at this for a bit before I figured out where the top was! It is so obvious now. I especially liked the stamps on this card. They are of Chinese opera characters. Very cool! Cheng also included a wonderful quote.

To Catherine in France

Immortalized in Longfellow's poem,  "Song of Hiawatha," the beautiful Minnehaha Falls tumbles into a deep glen of woodland beauty.
Photo by Bruce T. Sherve

Monday, March 15, 2010

From Cheng in Taiwan

Above a beautiful postcard and below some beautiful stamps: 

To Jorge in Portugal

I just love owls! I sent this one to Jorge because he asked for a postcard I would like to receive.

From Steffi in Germany


From Henry in Taiwan

Look at these great pictures that Henry drew me:

Aren't they just the coolest thing ever?

To Thomas in Germany (Direct Swap)

The Lake Superior agate was designated the official state gemstone in 1969. The Lake Superior agate differs from other agates found around the world in its rich red, orange and yellow coloring. The Lake Superior agate is found throughout northeastern and central Minnesota. 

Friday, March 12, 2010

From Thomas in Germany (Direct Swap)

Auf der Kuppel des Gnadenaltars
Baujahr 1743-1772

Google Translate version (with slight editing):

Publication Child
On the dome of the Altar of Grace
Year 1743-1772

This must be spectacular close up. If you look at the links above one of them shows the entire altar. It is magnificent. Thanks Thomas!

Monday, March 8, 2010

From Thomas in Germany (Direct Swap)

Ein kalter Wintermorgen am Eisgraben.
©Rudolf Diemer Naturfotografie & Filmproduktion

(Rhön Biosphere Reserve * No. 11A cold winter morning at Eisgraben.© Rudolf Diemer Nature Photography & Film)

Doesn't this seem like a lovely place to go for a hike? Okay, at this point in the year I would prefer it sans snow, but it is lovely. Look I even scanned in the stamps. Are all German stamps in nice 0 and 5 denominations? It drives me nuts trying to put together 27¢, 44¢, 45¢ and various other denominations of stamps that I need to send  a 98¢ international postcard. 

To Julia in Russia

Look another Julia from Russia! Julia wanted a "retro" card. This was the only card I had that fit. I hope she likes it.

To Justina in Lithuania

Songbirds of the Northwoods
Clockwise from top left: Black Capped Chickadee, rose Breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Bluebird, Indigo Bunting, and Scarlet Tanager.
Photo © Ken Thommes

Saturday, March 6, 2010

From Yin Zhang in China

From the back of the postcard:

Hall of the Arhats at the Temple of the Azure Clouds.

I collect Buddha statues, I find them very calming, and even though these are not technically Buddha's I find the same calm emanating from them.

From Kerstin in Germany

From the back of the postcard:

REGENSBURG an der Donau
Weltkulturerbe - Welterbe der UNESCO
Domplatz mit Dom St. Peter (erbaut 13. Jh.)
Hauptwerk gotischer Architektur in Bayern

The Google Translate version:

Regensburg on the Danube
World Heritage - UNESCO World Heritage
Cathedral Square with St. Peter's Cathedral (built 13th century)
Masterpiece of Gothic architecture in Bavaria

Friday, March 5, 2010

From Jillian in Ext. Terr. of Australia~Norfolk Island

Look a postcard from a place I did not know existed! I think that might be the best kind of postcard. Jillian sent this card from Norfolk Island which is one of the External Territories of Australia.  I am thinking that it must be a bit like Puerto Rico is to the United States.

From the back of the postcard:

Left: St Barnabas Chapel, built from stone taken from the ruins of the New Gaol. Right: Detail of the chapel's elaborate Rose Window.

The stamps are glorious too:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

To Karloy in Serbia

Okay, I send this postcard a lot. I was going to retire it for a while, but Karloy likes churches and this is the only postcard I have with a church on it.

To Monique in The Netherlands

From the back of the postcard:


This view of Minnesota's capitol building highlights one of the many flower gardens on the grounds which compliment the building designed by Cass Gilbert.

To Tiago in Brazil (Direct Swap)

To Julia in Russia (Direct Swap)

Julia says that she likes "wedding postcards", so I am sending her one of the postcards we had made to announce our wedding. I hope that this is what she meant!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

From Julia in Russia

From the back:

Cathedral of the Resurrection ("Our Savior-on-the-Spilled-Blood.")1883-1907

Very pretty.

From Heather in Canada

From the back of the postcard:

The Baptism of Christ. Window of the Life of Christ (12th century), Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Chartres.