The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains

 

Scan 2This beautiful card comes from David in Germany and shows the stunning Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The range straddles Germany and the Czech Republic and is full of spectacular scenery such as that above. The stunning sandstone peaks were formed millions of years ago when the area was beneath the sea and are now eroded into these eery pinnacles of rock. Absolutely beautiful card, thank you David!

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Wild Aus!

Scan Scan - Version 2 Scan - Version 3 Scan 3From my old friend Michael in Australia came this awesome parcel. Normally I don’t scan anything more than cards and the occasional stamp, but I had to include the message that came with the items in the package since it really cracked me up! This actually took FIVE and a half MONTHS to reach me after taking a detour via Spain (presumably due to confusion with the Canary Islands and Channel Islands? Who knows!). Michael also wrote an essay on the back of the above 3 cards! Made my day! Here though, you can see: a young wedge tailed eagle with its prey, two frilled lizards which are found in northern Australia and actually spend most of their lives in trees and finally a view of Esperance, where Michael often works and stays at Orleans Bay Caravan Park. Strangely this card obviously makes him think of me since he sent me the same card way back in 2012! Thanks Michael, loved this parcel!

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The Wastwater

 

Scan 3 - Version 2This stunning panorama of the Lake District came from my mum on one of her English holidays. She and my family climbed Great Gable, a peak behind where the photographer must have been standing. The Wastwater lake is more than 3 miles long and more than a third of a mile wide. At 79m deep, it is England’s deepest lake. Spectacular!

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Little Pine State Park

 

Scan 1 - Version 4This beautiful card comes from Leslie in the USA and shows a beautiful view of the Tiadaghton State Forest  – specifically the Little Pine State Park. The forest alone covers 215,000 square acres, which for me, at least, seems enormous! Little Pine is most famous for this beautiful lake, which was created through damming and is very popular for fishing, boating and, of course, swimming. Gorgeous!

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The Brokopondo Reservoir

 

Scan 1 - Version 2This spectacular card is another from Cheryll in Suriname and shows the beautiful Brokopondo Reservoir. Built in the 1960s this giant lake was created to feed a hydro power station which in turn provides the country’s electricity. Many people had to leave the area for its creation, but it is now also a popular tourist spot. Interestingly, the trees were not felled before the area was flooded, leaving the stark skeletons in the water. Beautiful!

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Ukrainian Carpathians

 

Scan - Version 4This beautiful card comes from Yuroslava in the Ukraine. Here you can see the stunning Carpathian mountains. Running through Central and Eastern Europe, the Carpathians are the second longest European mountain range and they really captivate my imagination. The forests, the isolation. I just love them! The name ‘Carpathians’ is though to originate from the Dacian tribe the Capi. Pictures like this take my breath away!

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A German Watermill

 

ScanThis beautiful card showing a watermill in Germany, comes from Irene. Watermills have been used for millenia as a means of channeling and using the power of water to assist in engineering. The earliest example, found in Greece, dates back to the 3rd century BC. This beauty is amongst many in Germany and Irene tells me she loves to walk past it as it is near to where she lives. Beautiful!

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Texas Bluebonnets

 

Scan 1 - Version 3This beautiful American panorama comes from Shannon in Texas. Bluebonnets are the national flower of the state and from this picture, you can tell why. Plentiful and very pleasant to look at! Lovely card!

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Indonesian Paddy Fields

 

Scan 1 - Version 2One of my favourite postcards yet, I just love this beautiful rice scene from Irien in Indonesia. She tells me that rice is a staple for everyone in her country, not just in cuisine but also with cultural importance. She says most people will eat it plain with protein and vegetables as side dishes. Fantasic card! I just adore this scene!

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Mount Taishan

 

Scan - Version 3This spectacular card comes from Bee in China and show Mount Taishan, which I am ashamed to admit I had not even heard of – which is why postcrossing is so great! The mountain was first inhabited during the Neolithic times and for the last 3000 years has been worshipped as a sacred spot, with countless local myths, legends and histories occurring there. In case you were wondering, there are about 6000 steps (carved from granite) if you fancy walking to the top! Amazing! And totally beautiful!

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