My family and I were in and out of town during the month of July and “work” started hours after we returned from our last trip. There was little time to appreciate and share the goodies that filled my mailbox over the last few of weeks. But know that I was elated to find “nature” in the stack of mail waiting for our return–postcards and a letter that arrived somewhat unexpectedly.
The first I’m sharing is a really adorable polar bear postcard Silke sent. She’d told me a few weeks ago that she wanted to add a little fun to my mailbox. Of course, to my advantage, I forgotten about her intent.
From the postcard back (translated from German): Polar bears have adjusted perfectly with their white fur to their arctic surrounding. When they approach their prey, mostly seals, they even hide their black noses, if possible.
Silke added to the description: “Now, you tell me how they know they have black noses?” I laughed out loud, because now I’m wondering that very thing. Animal intelligence. More polar bear facts she shared:
- As adults, polar bears live mostly solitary lives
- They are the world’s biggest land predators
- They can mate with brown bears
- Their habitat is endangered by the meltdown of arctic ice.
She even added a tiny, happy brown bear sticker to the back of the postcard. Adorable. Isn’t he?
Candace of Glenrosa Journeys sent a postcard boasting about her coming retirement. Okay, not really. Maybe not. (Not sure, as I received this news as I’m beginning a new academic year). Her postcard should have been “expected” also. We’d committed to exchanging postcards post-LYA and we procrastinated sending. I couldn’t decide which one to send, and Candace was lazy–her words, not mine. 😀 She shared a beautiful butterfly postcard and quote that were worth the wait:
“Like a Butterfly” by Candace
I want to fly like a butterfly around this beautiful world, till the last frame of my life and the last click of my heart. –Biju Karakkonam
To see more Candace’s beautiful photography which focuses on the nature of Phoenix, Arizona, you must see her blog, Glenrosa Journeys, or Flickr album.
Lastly, I received a letter from Beckra, a friend and colleague I met through swap-bot. This was totally unexpected, especially since she had just sent me a special package a couple of weeks before–and I hadn’t even had a chance to respond to her yet. Way to put the pressure on, Beckra. 😉
In addition to her newsy letter, she shared her photography story (read: philosophy) and three of her photo postcards. [Click an image for a closer look]
“Inside an Iris” by Rebecca R.
“A Spring Sunset at the Lake” by Rebecca R.
“Oh, those glorious days of spring when the redbuds pop open!” by Rebecca R.
Photography is a different way of experiencing, and one that helps me see differently. […] Without photography I’d never spend so much time with water and light, and I’m grateful for that.
I featured Beckra’s calming photo postcards in an October 2014 post I might need to revisit in a couple of days when classes begin: Getting Through the Crazies: part i.
Thank you, ladies, for adding beauty and joy to my life! You’re on my snail mail list for this week. Hugs…