Friday, February 17, 2017

A Tarpon Fish and a Mahi, by Artist Nadine Lahti

"Feed Me" 
By Nadine Lahti
(This painting is of a tarpon fish.)
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"Mahi On The Prowl"
By Nadine Lahti

Both of these postcards were bought in 2015 at a fun place called Robbie's in the Florida Keys. There are little shops to buy local artists work and you can walk out on the dock (for a small fee) and feed the tarpon fish!   They are wild tarpon, in the ocean.  There are no pens or nets keeping them there, I like that.  :D

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The art of Nadine Lahti features tropical, nautical, and colorful island style original oil and acrylic paintings and prints of seascapes, local island landscapes, tropical birds and fish, and landmarks of the Florida Keys. Her style is unique and it is featured in galleries throughout the Florida Keys.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Skunk, A Little Stinker

I'm just a little stinker and I travel everywhere -
Folks can't see or hear me and yet they know I'm There!

The skunk on this funny postcard is reading a book called, 'How to Make Friends and Influence People'.

A Dalmatian Dog from Dalmatia, Croatia


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The name Dalmatia is from the name of the Dalmatae tribe, which is connected with the Illyrian word delme meaning "sheep".  Its Latin form Dalmatia translates to its current English name.

Dalmatia is referenced in the New Testament at 2 Timothy 4:10 so its name has been translated in many of the world's languages.

2 Timothy 4:10:
for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.

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The Dalmatian dog's roots trace back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia.

A Platypus from Australia

The Platypus
This and the Echidna are the only egg-laying mammals in the world.  It eats mainly worms and tadpoles, obtained under-water, returning to the surface to breathe.

A Christmas Gnome and Cat from Norway

God Jul (Merry Christmas)

Anne Forlag AS

This is a Hallmark postcard that was mailed from Norway in 2016.  It features a gnome petting a cat. 

A Sidewinder Snake in 3-D

Sidewinder Snake
Crotalus cerastes

The Sidewinder is a venomous pit viper rattlesnake species found in the arid regions of the Southwestern USA.  The name refers to the snake's unusual form of locomotion.

A Christmas Postcard featuring a Bird and Dog.

Compliments of the Season!
"Delighted to see you!"

This postcard features a dog and a bird and is postmarked in 2016.

Monday, January 2, 2017

The 200 Olympic Animals - A Kookaburra, A Platypus and An Echidna

Sydney 2000 Millenium card with Olly, Syd and Millie
Olympic Games Official Licensed Product

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Here is some info on the characters...
Ollie, Syd and Millie, designed by Matthew Hattan, are three native Australian animals chosen as mascots for the Sydney 2000 Games. They represent earth, air and water. "Olly", a kookaburra, epitomizes the Olympic spirit of generosity and universal generosity (from Olympic); "Syd", a platypus, represents the environment and captures the vigor and energy of Australia and its people (from Sydney); "Millie", an echidna, is a techno-whiz and information guru, with all the facts and figures at her fingertips (from Millennium).

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Masked Boobie from The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Islas Galapagos

Piquero Enmascarado - Isla Espanola
Masked Boobie - Espanola Island

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The masked booby (Sula dactylatra) is a large sea-bird of the booby family, Sulidae.  It is also called the masked gannet or the blue-faced booby.

Masked boobies are spectacular divers, plunging diagonally into the ocean at high speed. They mainly eat small fish, including flying fish.

Black Diamond Peacock

Exotic Wildlife

Black Diamond Peacock (Pavo cristatus).
The male peacock will court a female by spreading his fanlike train, which is more colorful than the female's.

Photographer - Ron Kimball

Squirrels and Birds for my Brother Greg

This 3D postcard features birds and squirrels and was sent from a very young me to my even younger brother Greg.

I wrote:

Dear Gregory,
Would you believe I miss you?  I do.  I am having fun.  I hope you are too.  I had 4 teeth filled by the dentist

Good bye, Brenda

(I'm not sure why having four teeth filled was fun, but whatever.)

Here is the back with my lovely 7 year old handwriting...

Animals from the Cartoon Movie Madagascar

Madagascar: From left to right, in this Photo are standing:
Marty the Zebra, Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe, on his neck is a crew of penguins (Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, Private) and King Julien the Lemur.

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Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and released to theaters on May 27, 2005.

The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo animals who have spent their lives in blissful captivity and are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa, getting shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar. It features the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith; others voices include Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, and Andy Richter. 

Emu and Nest in Australia

Emu and Nest

The sender writes:
Dear Darrell:
I lost my list of addresses and found it only yesterday. Sorry not to have sent this from Australia
We had a fine trip but glad to be home.

This 'real photo' postcard is from1938.

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Emu breeding takes place in May and June, and fighting among females for a mate is common. The male does the incubation; during this process he hardly eats or drinks and loses a significant amount of weight. The eggs hatch after around eight weeks, and the young are nurtured by their fathers.