Beaches Coasts and Shores

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” -Jacques Cousteau

Furniture and umbrellas in bright colors decorate a deck of a bar and grill on Great Guana Cay in the Bahamas. The bar is a very popular destination for both locals and tourists. Big, fluffy white clouds add the final touch to the outdoor decor. On the back of the card is a view of the restaurant from the beach.

 
“Long before we saw the sea, its spray was on our lips, and showered salt rain upon us.” -Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

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

 
“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.” -Arthur C. Clarke

Two surfers watch for the perfect wave on a foggy beach in Southern California.

 
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” –John F. Kennedy

A black and white English Cocker Spaniel strolls on a beach.

 
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.”
-e.e. cummings

An Hawaiian surfer dives into the surf on a beach on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

 
“The ocean is a mighty harmonist.” -William Wordsworth

Send cheers to your mates (friends) with this card full of sunshine and blue skies on Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.

 

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Puzzles

Puzzles sharpen the mind and provide a fun source of entertainment. These beautiful photos embedded on these puzzles provide quite a challenge. The level of difficulty can be altered to fit your needs. Easy enough for the beginner puzzler to much more of a challenge for the more experienced.

This variety, called Graham Thomas, is among the most popular roses in the world and was bred by David Austin. The cup-shaped double blooms have a tea rose fragrance. Roses developed by David Austin are also called Austin Roses.

Three adorable kittens nestle together in a blanket.

Thousands of sunflowers glow at sunset in a Kansas field.

Sheep are wearing their heavy wool coats in Autumn, ready for the coming winter in the northern Vermont region known as the Northern Kingdom. In the background, a glacial lake is surrounded by trees in brilliant Autumn colors.

Huayna Picchu (young peak) towers over Machu Picchu (old peak), the Inca citadel in Peru.

A tuxedo cat expresses her opinion.

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Texas Breakfast

Texas is a proud state with a lot of love to give! Breakfast love! You don’t have to be a Texan, though, to enjoy this. Check out all these delicious options to spread Texas and waffle love!

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Beachy Breeze

These photos of the Bahamas are phenomenal and you are MISSING OUT if you don’t experience them. AMAZING.

A yellow-throated warbler perches on a palm frond on Great Guana Cay in the Bahamas in late fall. These warblers are commonly seen creeping about in the crowns of palms, probing among the fronds with their long bills during the winter in Florida, the Caribbean and other tropical areas.

The yellow-throated warbler is a clear-voiced singer in the treetops in southern woodlands of the United States, according to the Audubon Society. Yellow-throated Warblers return very early in spring to the U.S. pine woods and cypress swamps, where they may be seen foraging rather deliberately along branches high in the trees. In the Midwest, they are typically found in riverside groves of sycamores.

It’s a small song bird, with a yellow throat and chest, gray back, black face connecting to stripes down its sides, white eye stripe, white ear patch and two white wing bars.

Beautiful cirrocumulus clouds seem to converge on the Church of St. Simon by the Sea in Treasure Cay, Great Abaco Island, The Bahamas. The turquoise-trimmed white church, which is Anglican/Episcopal, was established in 1972 and dedicated in 1999. The church can seat 150. A bougainvillea blooms near the front door.

Furniture and umbrellas in bright colors decorate a deck of a bar and grill on Great Guana Cay in the Bahamas. The bar is a very popular destination for both locals and tourists. Big, fluffy white clouds add the final touch to the outdoor decor. On the back of the card is a view of the beach behind the bar.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Happy Retirement!

“Hau`oli la Ho’omaha loa” means Happy Retirement in Hawaiian. Personalize this card. Like tropical sunsets around the world, sunsets along the coast of Kalua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii are gorgeous every day! On the back of the card is another sunset view as a fishing boat heads back to port.

Kolekole Stream rushes into a deep gorge to create the 422-foot Akaka Falls in Akaka State Park. The falls are about 11 miles north of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Sailboats gather as the sun sets at Key West, Florida, to enjoy one of the favorite activities of Key West residents and visitors — watching the nightly sunset.

Key West is the southernmost part of the continental United States and is the last island in the archipelago of the Florida Keys.

Here are day and sunset views of Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

A beautiful sunset, a tropical breeze. Old worries you forget as you do as you please. Happy Retirement!

A fishing boat heads into port near Mallory Square as the sun sets at Key West, Florida. Other boats are moored or are sailing near the port to enjoy one of the favorite activities of Key West residents and visitors — watching the nightly sunset.

Key West is the southernmost part of the continental United States and is the last island in the archipelago of the Florida Keys.

 

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Key West

A fishing boat heads into port near Mallory Square as the sun sets at Key West, Florida. Other boats are moored or are sailing near the port to enjoy one of the favorite activities of Key West residents and visitors — watching the nightly sunset.

Key West is the southernmost part of the continental United States and is the last island in the archipelago of the Florida Keys.

 
Descended from a cat given to Ernest Hemingway, this tabby cat with extra toes lounges at the home where Hemingway lived in the 1930s in Key West, Florida. More than 50 cats with extra toes, descended from Hemingway’s cat, live on the grounds of the house.

 
Sailboats gather on the water off of the coast of Key West, Florida, at sunset.

Sunset on the island of Key West is a big celebration that has captured the imagination and delighted people for decades, including Mark Twain and Tennessee Williams. People gather at Mallory Square, where the crowd can enjoy magicians, jugglers, clowns, psychics, local musicians, artists, and food vendors.

 
The closet-sized, 7×8-foot building used to be an irrigation pipe shed for a tomato farm. It was pressed into service after a fire in 1952 destroyed the Ochopee general store, which previously had housed the post office.
The fully functional post office is in Big Cypress National Preserve, near the intersection of US 41 and State Road 29. The zip code is 34141-9998. Visitors can get a special postmark for mail posted there.

The mailman who delivers mail from this post office has a daily route that stretches across three counties, 132 miles long.

 
The highlight of the evening on Key West, of course, is watching the sun slip behind of horizon of the Gulf of Mexico. You can enjoy it everyday with your drink of choice in this delightful mug!

 
Palm Cottage (also known as the Henry Watterson Cottage or The Cement Cottage, The Parmer Home, or Hamilton House) is the oldest home in Naples, Florida. Built in 1895 of tabby mortar construction, the cottage is located in the Naples Historic District at 137 12th Avenue South, (at Gulfshore Blvd.) a block East of Naples Pier. The cottage was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

It was the summer cottage of the Louisville, Ky Courier Journal and Times then owner/editor, Walter N. Haldeman. Other Louisvillians owned homes in the area in this era.

The historic home is owned and operated as a museum by the Naples Historical Society. The cottage’s decor reflects the early 1900s, and include the adjacent Norris Gardens, which feature five distinct themed areas and both the garden and cottage are open for docent guided tours.

 

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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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