Thursday, January 15, 2009

More Ascension Island, Amber Inclusions, and Sasquatch

Today was another banner day at the mailbox. In all seven postcards arrived . Four are from Postcrossers in Lithuania, The U.S.A. and Finland. The other three cards are all from Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. The 3 Ascension cards and another one that I wrote about in my last update , are all from Elaine Arms of the Ascension Island Travel Agency. Thanks very much Elaine for these wonderful cards. The first card shows a view of Comfortless Cove, on Ascension Island. This is where in the 1830s through 1860s , it was the place of quarantine and inevitable demise for fever victims from ships which had come from the west coast of Africa. The stamps on this card include one showing the Travellers Palm and the other is 1 of 4 , 2008 Christmas stamps.
The second card is a picture of the famous Green Turtle , on Long Beach, Ascension Island. The stamp also shows the Green Turtle and some of its eggs.
The last Ascension card shows Sisters Peaks and Two Boats Village, on Ascension Island. The stamp on this one is from 2008 and features King Henry III and The Tower of London.
The card from Lithuania shows a piece of Baltic Amber with a Bush cricket embedded in it. This is called an Amber Inclusion. Baltic Amber was created between 40 to 50 million years ago. Simultaneously amber inclusions were created. Thanks to amber inclusions , we are able to learn about the world millions of years ago. The species found in amber are extinct but most have a modern counterpart in the current world. The stamp on this card was issued in 2008, 1 of a set of 3 featuring famous people. In this case it is Antanas Maceina, 1908-1987, a Lithuanian philosopher, theologian, educator and poet.
My last card today is from Tes in Port Orchard, In Washington state. It shows Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot, an alleged ape-like creature. He purportedly inhabits forests , mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Sasquatch is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. The scientific community considers Sasquatch to be a combination of folklore, misidentification, and hoaxes. Whatever he is , he is not one I would like to meet on a quite trail in the woods.
That is my update for today. I can only hope for another seven cards tomorrow.


lefung said...

Ascension Island, what a nice place shown in the Card!

Ania said...

I love the stamp with amber - it is so special.

Your blog looks very nice - I wish I had so much patience to run one on a daily basis :)

All the best greetings from the snowy Warsaw.