MADAGASCAR


This wonderful card captures a profile of a Baobab at sunset, and shows the stunning light and beauty of Madagascar.  The card arrived with several colorful stamps showing local flora, coastal scenery and prehistoric fauna.  Overall, an absolute gem in my collection!


NAMIBIA

This stunning view of giraffes against a dramatic sky at dusk comes from Etosha National Park, Namibia.  At 22,000 sq. km., this is one of the largest parks in Africa, and the name is derived from the Ovambo language, meaning "Great White Place" for its seasonal pans that hold rainwater.

NEVIS

Several lovely cards came to me this month from Nevis, the twin island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean.  Nevis issues its own stamps, so it is a philatelic rarity to see stamps postmarked Charlestown, Nevis in the mail, as the island's population is very small, just  over 11,000 souls.



SINGAPORE

This large format card of Singapore shows the Waterfront Esplanade in full color, and comes from longtime friend JP, who franked it with a stunning 70c stamp showing a Blue-eared Kingfisher

TOKELAU Is.





This lovely card arrived from the atolls of Tokelau, a small Pacific territory of just 1,500 pop.  The card shows basketry and craft weaving for tourism.  The stamp is from 2012 and shows a lovely white sand beach and clear lagoon.


Democratic Rep. of CONGO

Wow, what an amazing card, from my dear friend Ameliah, who was working in DR Congo.  I specially like the images of Bukavu town on Lake Kivu at lower right inset and at bottom of the card.

ALGERIA


This view shows the impresive architecture of the Monument of Chouhadas in Biskra


ANTIGUA & BARBUDA, B.W.I.


This multiview card shows scenery from the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, a country close to my heart, as it was the very 1st foreign country I visited, when I was 16.  I fondly remember the whitish-pinkish sand and the clear waters around the coast of the verdant islands.


NORTHERN (Turkish) CYPRUS







This card was recently sent to me by Mohammed, and shows the map, flag and scenes from the Northern region of Cyprus, which is under Turkish administration since 1973.  The lovely stamps show a dolphin and a vineyard, with a very clear town cancel from Lefkosa.

MAYOTTE




This lovely card was posted in 2016 and shows a procession of islanders in typical dress.  The population of this French territory in the Indian Ocean is mainly Muslim, and broke away from the Republic of Comoros at independence.






SWAZILAND

This colorful card comes from the Hlane Royal National Park, in NE Swaziland.  It shows a variety of birds, including the Purple Tauraco, Storks feeding and other savannah species such as the Hoopoe.

SARDINIA


Amazing view of Greater Flamingos reflected in shallow water off the coast of Sardinia