Colorado Elk

A bull elk bugles (calls) to his herd of about fifty female elk, who are following him on a hillside in Estes Park, Colorado. It’s November, and the competition for females is over for the year. The town of Estes Park is outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. The elk or wapiti (Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest species within the deer family, Cervidae, in the world, and one of the largest terrestrial mammals in North America and Northeast Asia.

 

Happy Birthday, Bull Elk Bugling Card

Happy Birthday, Bull Elk Bugling Card

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A bull elk rests while chewing its cud on a hillside in Estes Park, Colorado.

A female elk heads toward the rest of the elk in her herd in Estes Park, Colorado.

A mother elk grazes the lawn on a motel in Gardiner, Montana, while her calf chooses the tastier option of a big yellow marigold flower in the flowerbed buffet. The calf seems to realize that he has been caught in the act of pillaging the beautiful flower display.

The elk grazed for a few minutes before leaving, politely leaving behind most of the flowers.

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Bluebonnets

Is anyone else dying for Spring? All I can think about is when are the flowers sprouting?! Lets put these invigorating and fresh bluebonnets on EVERYTHING!!!

A field of bluebonnets blooms in spring in Nacogdoches County, Texas. In the background are yellow wildflowers and a white picket fence. Texas designated the bluebonnet as the official state flower in 1901.

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Perfect for a Spring birthday!

 

Stamps are under review because of the postal service, but I thought I’d put this here in case things get straightened out. So beautiful.

 

Don’t you just love stickers? You can stick this refreshing bunch of bluebonnets on anything. Carry it with you.

 

Talk about carrying it with you! Spread the love on your shirt! Spring love!

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Aloha

A tourist wearing a red Hawaiian shirt featuring hibiscus flowers photographs the rain forest in the Volcano Wilderness area of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

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Surfers ride waves off of the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. On the back of the card, a female surfers rides a board onto the beach.

 

These fragrant flowers called Plumeria are often used in leis and garlands. In modern Polynesian culture, a plumeria blossom can be worn by women to indicate their relationship status – over the right ear if seeking a relationship, and over the left if taken.

 

An adorable tabby kitten pretends to be a big cat hiding in the jungle. Another view of this kitty is on the back of the card. You can customize this card for a birthday or other occasion.

 

On the northeastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, Waipio Valley is the largest and most southern of the seven valleys on the east and rainiest side of the Kohala Mountains. The valley, which is on the Hamakua Coast, is a mile wide with 2,000-foot cliffs on either side and a gorgeous black sand beach.

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Enjoying Iceland

Iceland is full of interesting sites! I hope this continuation inspires you!

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.

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Akureyrarkirkja or The Church of Akureyri is a prominent Lutheran church in Akureyri, northern Iceland. The church towers above the city center on a hill in the center. It was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, and completed in 1940.

Akureyrarkirkja contains a notably large 3200-pipe organ, a unique interpretation of the crucifixion and a suspended ship hanging from the ceiling which reflects an old Nordic tradition of giving offerings for the protection of loved ones at sea.

 

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.

 

The Godafoss waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. A rainbow adorned the already gorgeous waterfall.

Rainbow over Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland Photo Print

Rainbow over Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland Photo Print

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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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Iceland Adventures!

Iceland seems to be a very popular destination for vacations these days. It’s all the rage and it’s not hard to see why. What a gorgeous and interesting place!

Sailboats are moored next to Harpa, a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. The opening concert was held on May 4, 2011. The building features a distinctive colored glass facade inspired by the basalt landscape of Iceland and features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean.

 

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The late afternoon sun illuminates the Husavik Lutheran Church in Iceland. A landmark in Husavik, the church looks out across the harbor, welcoming the fishermen home.

 

The Sun Voyager (Icelandic: Sólfar) is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, located next to the Sæbraut road at the sea side in Reykjavik, Iceland. Sun Voyager is described as a dreamboat, or an ode to the sun. It was erected in 1990, a year after the artist’s death.

Although many have thought that the sculpture looked like a Viking ship, the artist said he intended it to convey the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.

The work is constructed of stainless steel and stands on a circle of granite slabs surrounded by so-called “town-hall concrete.”

 

Tourists enjoy Fossarrett Waterfall in southwestern Iceland and visit the stone wall remnants of a settlement.

There are around 10,000 waterfalls in Iceland. Iceland’s climate and location is especially suited to waterfalls with frequent rain and snow, combined with the multitude of glaciers that melt in summer.

 

Crosses mark graves in the cemetery of the Þingvellir (Thingvellir) Church in Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Iceland. Beyond is the Oxara River (Axe River) and a long ridge of rock, part of the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian. Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological significance, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland, about 40 km northeast of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.

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Shell Yeah!

We are all sick of winter. Am I right? Seashell dreaming and ocean waves crashing.

The beautiful Florida Horse Conch is the largest gastropod in American waters and is one of the largest gastropods in the world. This large sea snail is found along the Atlantic coast of the Americas from the U.S. state of North Carolina to the north, to Yucatán in the Gulf of Mexico to the south.

 

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Whelks, bivalves, sand dollars and a starfish are an early morning find when the tide goes out on a Florida beach. Seashells are abundant on the shores of Fort Myers Beach.

 

A queen conch shell glows in the afternoon sun as it rests on the powdery white sand of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas.

 

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

 

The foamy surf of the Caribbean surrounds a queen conch on a beach in Treasure Cay, Abaco, the Bahamas.

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Psychedelic Wedding Party

Any groovy bride, groom, bridesmaid, or groomsman would be far out in these psychedelic spiral rainbow t-shirts.

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Groovy Wedding

These colorful spiral tie dye table cards are perfect for a groovy wedding reception, rehearsal dinner and many other occasions. Also available are a wide range of household decor, tableware and office products in matching designs.

 

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Wedding Wishes

Thinking of a destination wedding? 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. It’s a beautiful place to have a wedding!

 

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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.

 

White orchids are a perfect way to offer best wishes to a newly married couple.

 

“E pili mau nā pōmaika’i me ‘oe” is “Best Wishes” in the Hawaiian language and is perfect for a wedding or other important event. Personalize this card for any important occasion. This white hibiscus (Hibiscus waimeae) is native to Hawaii and is one of the rare species of fragrant hibiscus. In the Hawaiian language, this rare hibiscus is known as “Kokiʻo kea,” which means “white as snow.”

 

Congratulations from a couple of chatty pink chairs.

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Quirky Wedding Fun

Want a fun and less traditional wedding style? How about some quirky and interesting ways to ask those you love to be a part the excitement or send well wishes?

A laughing donkey brings wedding wishes.

 

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Your buddies can’t wait to help you out on your wedding day, but they might need a little nudge. Send them this card to seal the deal.

 

Dance Hall Girls from an old west saloon create a fun way to invite a friend to be a member of your bridal party.

 

Asking someone to be your best man can be a big deal, but it doesn’t have to be so much pressure. Send them this fun card!

 

A courting couple of Magnificent Frigatebirds sit on a nest on North Seymour Island in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. The female expresses her displeasure at the lack of privacy on their honeymoon. The male has a red neck (gular) pouch, which he inflates while flying to attract a female. Since he’s found his lady love, his pouch is now deflated. Frigatebirds are very lightweight for their size so they can sit on shrubs, unlike heavier birds. Because this bird likes to steal food from other birds, it has been named after the pirate frigate ships of old. The bird can’t swim, has short legs making it difficult to walk and has little protective oil on its feathers so it avoids getting wet. It snatches food from the surface of the ocean with its curved beak avoiding the water. Having the largest wingspan-to-body-weight ratio of any bird, they are mostly aerial, able to stay aloft for long periods, landing only to roost or breed on trees or cliffs.

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