Scoping Sculptures

This postcard features a fierce Hawaiian Ki’i (or tiki) sculpture.

 
The Sibelius Monument in Helsinki, Finland, is a popular stop for tourists, who clamber over the rocky foundation. The monument is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) and is located at the Sibelius Park in the district of Töölö. The monument is a sculpture by Finnish artist Eila Hiltunen titled Passio Musicae and unveiled on September 7, 1967.

 
The sculpture of renowned Finnish Jean Sibelius (1865 to 1957) is part of the Sibelius Monument in Helsinki, Finland, created in his honor. which is a popular tourist stop. The monument, located at the Sibelius Park in the district of Toolo, is a popular tourist stop.

 
Auguste Rodin’s sculpture “The Thinker” muses about the huge shuttlecock, which has landed on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, perhaps from some badminton game between giants.

 
A statue of Leif Erikson or Leif Ericson stands in front of Hallgrimskirkja, a church in Reykjavik, Iceland. Erikson (c. 970 – c. 1020) was a Norse explorer from Iceland. He was the first known European to have discovered continental North America (excluding Greenland), before Christopher Columbus. The statue, by Alexander Stirling Calder in front of the church, predates its construction. It was a gift from the United States in honor of the 1930 Althing Millennial Festival, commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland’s parliament at Thingvellir in 930 AD.

 

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Caribbean Dreaming

Beaches are such a soothing and uplifting experience especially when deep into winter time.

A queen conch shell sits on a beach in Treasure Cay, Abaco, the Bahamas. On the horizon is Green Turtle Cay, a barrier island.

 
A weathered sign marks “Ye Olde Gaol” on Green Turtle Cay’s bright pink jail building, built in the mid-19th century. The main building and some smaller buildings in the jail complex now sit empty on this peaceful island of about 500 residents in the Abacos of The Bahamas in the Caribbean.

 
A popular destination on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos Islands of the Bahamas is Nipper’s. The restaurant has two pools, several decks and a stairway to a white sand beach. A gift shop sells t-shirts and other products. If you wear a Nipper’s t-shirt, you are likely soon to be greeted by a fellow Nipper’s visitor throughout the world.

 
The queen conch Lobatus gigas is herbivorous and lives in seagrass beds, although its habitat varies by development stage. The adult animal has a very large, solid and heavy shell, with knob-like spines on the shoulder, a flared thick, outer lip and a characteristic pink-colored opening.

 
Waves crash on limestone rocks on a beach behind Nipper’s Beach Bar and Grill on Great Guana Cay in the Bahamas Islands of the Caribbean. Beautiful fluffy clouds decorate the bright blue sky. The water is many shades of blue and the sand is a lovely creamy white.

 
A pink golf cart is parked across the street from the historic pink jail “Ye Olde Gaol” in New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos islands of the Bahamas. Most travel on the island is by golf cart. Tourists can reserve a golf cart, and it will be waiting for them at the dock when they arrive by ferry or private boat in New Plymouth.

 
Eroded limestone creates a dramatic shoreline on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Limestone is the only rock found in the Bahamas and is frequently worn razor sharp by the action of the wind and sea. Under water and along the shore landscapes are the result of coral growth on the plateau of limestone.The growth of coral reefs on the limestone plateau accounts for the beautiful clear waters of the Bahamas. Wave action over the centuries has produced the beautiful white beaches consisting of tiny fragments of coral, sea shells and limestone.

 
International trade in the Caribbean queen conch is regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) agreement, in which it is listed as Strombus gigas. This species is not endangered in the Caribbean as a whole, but is commercially threatened in numerous areas, largely due to extreme overfishing.

The meat of the queen conch is featured in many Caribbean dishes, such as conch fritters, chowder and salad. The empty shells are used widely as decoration.

 

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St. John U.S. Virgin Islands

A chicken restaurant in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, warns patrons not to feed the chickens running around outside the restaurant while promising delicious chicken dinners inside.

 
Customize your name and date on this Save the Date magnet showing a gorgeous view of Cinnamon Bay on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 
A glorious sunset casts a golden glow over Frank Bay on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 
Maho Bay is one of the lovely bays of pristine waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park in St. John.

 
The Green-throated Carib (Eulampis holosericeus) is a hummingbird found in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, ranging north to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Here Caribs visit the flowers of bougainvillea plants in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 
Sailboats at Sunset. “Wishing you smooth sailing and golden sunsets on your life’s journey in the coming year. Happy Birthday!”

 
Cinnamon Bay is in the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John in the United States Virgin Islands. It’s adjacent to the historic Cinnamon Bay Plantation. The bay is just east of Trunk Bay, and is about a mile west of Maho Bay. The shallow, clear water, beautiful sand beach and the short distance to the small island of Cinnamon Cay make Cinnamon Bay excellent for snorkeling.

 

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The Wind Beneath My Wings

Wind turbines and high power electrical lines march across a hill in north central Oregon. Highway 97 curves towards Mount Hood, called Wy’east by the Multnomah tribe, which a potentially active stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc of northern Oregon.

 
This palomino horse grazes in a field while a row of windmills turn.

 
Wind turbines stand atop the Green Mountains west of Lake Willoughby and Westmore in Vermont. The hills appear as abstract shapes as the sun sets in a brilliant blaze of orange.

 
The waters of Oresund near Copenhagen, Denmark, are busy with sailboats and the wind turbines of Middelgrunden Wind Farm. The Oresund Bridge spans the sound in the background while an airplane overhead makes it way to the Copenhagen Airport. Middelgrunden is an offshore wind farm in the Oresund 3.5 km outside Copenhagen, Denmark.

 
Autumn colors begin to touch the trees on this Kansas farm, echoing the red of this historic red barn. A windmill stands ready to pump water from the well. This photograph is rendered in a watercolor style.

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Wedding Bliss

A wedding is quite an affair! Here are a few things to help the process. Knock some things off your list!

Check out this completely customizable wedding invitation! It’s romantic, soft, lovely, enchanting. Everything you want a wedding to be!

It’s an important question. Send her a beautiful card!

Send a beautiful card to thank the members of your wedding!

Glasses of champagne on a tray await wedding guests to toast the newly wed bride and groom at a tropical wedding reception. A cherry in each glass adds a sweet touch.

Lily of the Valley has always been a favorite of brides. Its delicate beauty and scent is perfect for a wedding and perfect to honor the bride. You can upload a photograph to the inside of the card, such as the bride or the bride and her fiance.

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Tree Trimmings!

The holiday season is quickly approaching. I grew up with a tree even though my family wasn’t particularly religious. I did enjoy decorating a tree as a family. It felt magical! These ornaments are a lovely way to celebrate! They are all customizable as well!

A red rose is perfect for Christmas.

 
A full moon hangs over the Country Club Plaza, displaying its beautiful holiday lights.

 
Two beautiful roses are featured on either side of this ornament.

 
Huayna Picchu (young peak) towers over Machu Picchu (old peak), the Inca citadel in Peru. The Inca city of Machu Picchu is thought to be an estate of the Inca emperor Pachacuti, who ruled 1438 to 1472.

 
Cats love Christmas trees. Why not give this gorgeous Turkish Angora cat a place of honor among the branches?

 
Schwerin Palace or Schwerin Castle (German: Schweriner Schloss) is a palace located in the city of Schwerin, the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state, Germany. Set in a romantic location on a small island in Lake Schwerin, Schwerin Castle is one of Europe’s foremost examples of historicist architecture.

 
Fireworks burst over the Country Club Plaza Shopping Center in Kansas City at the annual lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving night. The holiday lights are turned on at Thanksgiving and glow until mid-January.

 

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Beautiful Iceland

A pair of Icelandic horses greet each other in a pasture near Lake Myvatn in Iceland. In the background is the cone of Hverfjall (Hverfell) Volcano, which last erupted about 2,300 years ago.

 
An Icelandic Male Sheep strikes a pose, showing off his beautiful curved horns. Most sheep in Iceland roam freely. This sheep and his buddies graze in the willow woodlands and meadows in northern Iceland, near Husavik. This area has many areas of lava, where moss, lichen and plants cover the rocks and grass grows among the rocks. Descended from the same stock as the Norwegian Spelsau, Icelander sheep were brought to Iceland by the first settlers. They’ve been bred for a thousand years in a very harsh environment. The fleece of the Icelandic sheep is dual-coated and occurs in white and a variety of other colors, including a range of browns, grays, and blacks. A sheep farmer told us that they round up the sheep in late fall, usually on horseback or on a vehicle. The sheep are then sorted in a circular corral with pie-shaped segments for each farmer, and each sheep farmer takes his flock to his farm. The sheep are then shorn of their fleece and spend the winter in a sheep house or barn. In March they are shorn again, and in May are released to graze as free rangers in the mountains and meadows.

 
The current Silfrastadakirkja Church was built in 1896, replacing the old church from 1842 that now is in Arbaejarsafn Museum in Reykjavik. The “new” church is special in many ways. It is one of the smallest if not the smallest church in Iceland. It is also octagonal. It sits next to a farm house. . Like many of the small churches in Iceland, Silfrastadakirkja is white with a red roof. Blue is also a popular roof color. Each Icelandic church has unique features.

 

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