The Ponciana tree is an amazing sight throughout the Caribbean, livening up the landscape and scattering bright red petals below its shady branches; this card shows just such a scene on a street in Nassau

Bahamas: flora stamp

this lovely stamp came affixed to the card above, and shows the desert rose, a hardy local flowering plant


This card shows a Woodabe or Bororo man in ceremonial garb. This group is semi-nomadic and dedicated to herding cattle in the Sahelian plains.


This is one of my favorite cards, and shows an elephant at work moving timber logs in the rugged north of Thailand


This card shows traditional scenes of the UAE: a fortress, a herd of camels and the long coastline and traditional boats of the country

UAE: stamp

This stamp franked the card above, and shows efforts to protect the fragile environment of this arid country


This card shows varied scenes from the town of Kabale in SW Uganda, close to the Rwandan border and access point to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mahaginga Gorilla National Parks

Uganda: moth stamp

this lovely stamp franked the card above, a small sample of the biodiversity of Uganda


This colorful card shows the profile of St. George's, capital of Grenada, one of the southernmost of the Leeward islands. Called the spice island for its production of nutmeg and other fruit crops, it is a rugged and fertile island.

Grenada: stamps

These lovely stamps were affixed to the card above, and show local birdlife and flora of the Caribbean.


This multiview card shows coastal beaches and underwater scenery from the Mascarene isle of Mauritius, or Ile Maurice in French.


This intriguing card show an ancient map of the island of Cyprus, crossroads between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Holy Lands. Since 1971, it is divided between the northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus and southern Cyprus, which is now part of the European Union.

SABAH (Malaysian Borneo)

This card comes from the Malaysian state of Sabah, and shows traditional dress and wooden houses in a village on Borneo.


This gorgeous multi-view card comes from the island of St. Maarten, formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles and now an overseas region of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


This scenic card shows the coast of Mahe, the largest of the Seychelles islands, with its typical huge granite boulders jutting into the sea

Seychelles: sunbird stamp

This lovely stamp franked the card above and shows a sunbird, one of several endemic birds found only in the Seychelles.


This stunning card shows the Ruby Topaz Hummingbird, one of the showiest of Trinidad's bird species. It can be found in open gardens and forest edges, and its iridescent colors are only visible from certain angles.


This lovely card shows various beaches and exotic shell species from New Caledonia, a French overseas territory in the S. Pacific


This card hails from the island of St. Kitts, which together with Nevis form one of the region's smallest nations; it is known for its rugged, tropical landscape and vervet monkeys which roam the island


This lovely card shows various views of the birds and flora native to the small island of Aruba, including a native parrot and the brown pelican common throughout the Caribbean

ARUBA: stamp

the Rattlesnake is pictured on this stamp issue from Aruba, typical of the arid landscape of the island

BALI (Indonesia)

This colorful card shows one of the many festivals celebrated on Bali, with typical offerings and processions

Indonesia: stamp

R1000 this lovely stamp was affixed to the card above, and shows the rich cultural diversity of the islands of Indonesia; the long house here may be typical of Borneo, or Kalimantan