KIRIBATI

 


 

WOW!  A great postcard came in this week (much-delayed) from Bairiki, Tarawa - capital of the sparsely populated Pacific nation of Kiribati.  It shows an aerial view of the frighteningly low-lying atoll where the capital is located.  Kiribati is one of the countries most at risk from sea level rise associated with climate change.  The lovely stamps depict Scouts and a ship-to-shore ferry boat.

TUNISIA


 This amazing multiview card came to me through Postcrossing, and shows the varied landscapes of Tunisia, including an iconic camel rider at top, and an oasis village below.

BARBADOS

 

This amazing landscape card shows the delightfully-named coastal town of Bathsheba, on the curving coastline in eastern Barbados.  The card was franked with a stamp celebrating the anniv. of the Barbados Philatelic Society, and shows a colonial stamp and magnifying glass.

BANGLADESH


This awesome card shows the Sundarbans National Park, a 10,000 sq. km. wilderness of mangrove forest at the confluence of the rivers GangesBrahmaputra and Meghna.  It is remarkable for Bangladesh, which is one of the most densely populated countries on earth.  The card was franked with two colorful stamps promoting the World Solar Programme.


PARATY, BRAZIL


This awesome card shows the skyline of historical Paraty in Rio de Janeiro State.  The birds at top include Brazilian and Green-headed Tanagers as well as a Green-barred Woodpecker.

MALI

This great card shows a group of herders near the riverbank with elephants in the background!  Dynamite images from an ancient culture.  The stamps depict river transport and a traditional staff.

BHUTAN


Wow, a rare postcard from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan!  The card shows the Phunakha Dzong, from the district of the Phunakha, former capital of the kingdom (since 1955 the capital is in Thimphu).  The card was franked with a delightful stamp showing a fierce mythical lion.


Dem. Rep. of CONGO

This amazing card was posted to me from Goma, at the foothills of the Virungas Mtns, home to one of the last populations of Mountain Gorillas.  The card was franked with no less than nine stamps, including overprints.  A rare gem from a very remote place!





BERMUDA


This lovely map card shows the islands of Bermuda, posted earlier this year, with two interesting stamps showing flora and local handcrafts


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!