This amazing card came to me recently from a friend working in Uganda. It shows the range of birdlife in Uganda, including species such as the Crowned Crane, the Bateleur eagle, Saddlebill stork, Roller, Shoebill, Bustard, Bee-eater, Jacana etc.
This card is the only one I have seen from the remote South Atlantic territory of the Falklands, and shows a lovely coastal scene, with geese in the foreground. Note the treeless landscape, belying the harsh southern climate of these islands.
This stunning view is the only card I have ever obtained from tiny St. Helena, one of the most remote British territories in the Atlantic. The dramatic island scenery reveals small patches of level ground, where the territorial government buildings are found.
This Ivorian card shows a typical market scene and a vendor of traditional clay bowls and pots, a lovely cultural scene perhaps taken in a rural town. The card is a production of renowned photographer Maurice Ascani, who captures the vivid colors in his collections.
The impressive carved stone structures of Abu Simbel lie south of Aswan on the western bank of the Nile and the complex is a World Heritage Site. It was completely relocated in the 1960s to avoid being engulfed by the waters of the Aswan Dam.
This card shows a baby Chacma (or Cape) Baboon, a species found in southern Africa noted for its complex social behavior. Baboon groups are very adaptable, and inhabitat a wide range of terrain, from sub-alpine areas in the high Drakensberg Range to the Kalahari Desert.
Botswana has issued some stunning wildlife sets over the years, and this issue is no exception, showing the woodland kingfisher in vivid color. This bird is a common sight throughout Sub-Saharan Africa even in coastal areas, forested streams and areas not suitable for other kingfishers.
This wildlife image came as my first card posted from Burundi, and shows a bull elephant and a flock of crowned cranes. Burundi is a densely-populated and landlocked country with few parks or nature reserves. It shares Lake Tanganyika with neighboring Tanzania and Dem. Rep. of the Congo.
I received a spectacular card last month from a trading friend in Brunei. The aerial view shows the sultan's palace and part of town in the distance. This small enclave is a Muslim country, surrounded by Malaysia on the northern coast of the island of Borneo.
This stunning card shows a view of Lake Kivu, forming the border of E. Congo and Rwanda. Set amidst the verdant Virungas mountains, this is one of the highest and deepest lakes in Africa. It is also one of just three known "exploding lakes," whose unstable Rift Valley geology have shown violent volcanic movements affecting its water level and contours.
This card accurately shows the state of many routes in Africa during seasonal rains. In this card, a huge logging truck is stuck in meter-thick rivulets of wet mud, and convey the difficulty of transport and communications in Africa's interior.
This is the only card I have ever acquired from the Pacific island nation of Kiribati (pronounced Ki-ri-bass) and shows a man cutting toddy from the crown of a coconut palm. Cutting toddy is almost a ritual in the Pacific, becoming an artful form of producing the beverage from the sap of tender palm stems.
Palau is a group of forested islands in the Pacific known for their rich marine habitats to scuba divers worldwide. I received this card from a diver friend who remarked that the islands were by far the most pristine habitat she had ever visited, and the water clarity and air purity were unparalleled.
This card shows the elaboate carvings of the chief's palace in Banjoun, in the Western region of Cameroon. This palace houses important cultural objects of the Bamoun peoples, such as war weapons, musical instruments and decorated thrones of royalty.