This is Kelimutu on the island of Flores in Indonesia. These unusual crater lakes are the result of volcanic activity. There are actually three lakes and each contains different colored water.
"Tiwu Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People) is usually blue and is the westernmost of the three lakes. The other two lakes, Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake) are separated by a shared crater wall and are typically green or red respectively. The lake colors vary on a periodic basis."
Apparently the color changes are due to chemical reactions from the minerals in the volcano. These lakes are a popular tourist destination in Indonesia. I think I need to create a bucket list and on it I am going to add a visit to at least one volcano somewhere in the world.
The stamp is a "Greeting Stamp" with a lovely floral centerpiece and candles.
This striking photo is of the sunset in Alberta, Canada. I've yet to travel to Canada, but the more I see and the more books I read, makes me want to travel there someday soon. A few interesting facts about Alberta: It is one of only two provinces which are landlocked, is one of three provinces to border only a single US state (Montana), and it was named after Queen Victoria's fourth daughter--Princess Louise Caroline Alberta.
This very cool card came from Fremantle, Western Australia, which is a port city. The postcrosser who sent it told me they have thousands of beautiful beaches. I love the breathtaking view and the solitary figure standing there looking out onto the ocean.
I think this is a pretty amazing picture. I love the vibrant colors of the roses. The sender of the postcard is quite talented as she happened to take the photo herself!
I wasn't going to scan the stamps as I am so used to seeing and using them, but then I decided that they might be of interest to collectors. So, from left to right there is Navajo Jewelry, an American Clock, and George Washington--out first President.
Mount Kinabalu is not only one of the most botanically rich places in the world, but it is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Mt. Kinabalu is located on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia in the country of Malaysia.
"Mount Kinabalu includes the Kinabalu montane alpine meadows ecoregion in the montane grasslasnds and shrublands biome. The mountain and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world, with over 4500 species of plant, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species identified. Among this rich collection of wildlife are famous species such as the gigantic Rafflesia plants and the orangutan."
The stamp shows the Hydrangea macrophylla, Bunga Tiga Bulan. You can see the rest of the stamps in the series here.
This is one very serious-looking bear, don't you think? He is a native (or fauna I should say correctly) of Belarus. I think I wouldn't like to meet him in a walk in the woods! Still, he is one very impressive looking animal.
I love these little animal stamps--the postcard is coordinated with a nice animal theme. I've gotten a few of the stamps in this series. You can see the whole series of them here.
This is the first time I've received a folded card in an envelope from a Postcrosser. It's very pretty, however, so I wanted to share it still. The lady who sent it is a new mom and lives in Holland. The envelope had the same "think green for a green world" stamp as one of my previous cards. I love flowers, and I think this is the first time I've received a flower card of any sort. I wonder if it is very usual to get folded cards rather than postcards?
This unusual card came from Romania. It is a natural formation located in the Bucegi Mountains. There is actually a Wikipedia entry on it giving a little more information:
"The Sphinx is a natural rock formation in the Bucegi Mountains in Romania. It is located at an altitude of 2216 m, a 10 minute walk from the Babele. The first photo of the Great Bucegi Sfinx was probably taken in about the year 1900. This photo was taken from a front position, not from a lateral one, as it appears in the usual pictures nowadays. This way it was only named in the year 1936. The image of the sphinx appeared when the rock, having an 8 m height and a 12 m width, was watched from a certain angle. The megalith has its clearest outline on 21st November, at the time the sun goes down."
Romania is one of those places that has intrigued me but I'm afraid I don't know much about it or have read any Romanian authors. The postcrosser who sent it lives in Galati, a port city on the Danube in the region of Moldavia.
I love the stamp. It shows Michael the Brave, who reigned over Wallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia in the 16th century. I'm not entirely sure but I think the column might be from the Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest.