COOK Is.

 Wow!  This lovely card shows the green, mountainous contours of Rarotonga, with its fringing reef and clear blue lagoon.  The island is home to just 14,000 people, and is a dependency of NZ.  The card's stamps show a WWF issue with the Pacific Kingfisher, and a tourism issue featuring dining.

DJIBOUTI

This card shows Boukouale' Falls and was the first I ever received from Djibouti.  The stamp shows train service, as rail is critical to transport and trade with its neighbors, esp. Ethiopia.



Diego Garcia / Br. Indian Ocean Territory



Wow, this card is a first for me: from the remote outpost of Diego Garcia, in the British Indian Ocean Territory.  The card shows a migratory shorebird with a large range across the southern seas.  The stamp shows a historical ship, the HMS Victory.  Overall, a great surprise and addition!

PALAWAN (Philippines)

 This awesome card shows the crystal clear waters and green, rugged landscape of Palawan, a large island in W. Philippines.  The card had a great stamp as well, showing a traditional filipino instrument.

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.