zondag 19 november 2017

Ficus Strangulensis (2)


Rotifera are very small animals, living in the pond. And Ficus Strangulensis has seen them in real, and even photographed them!

Here two pictures:



They came in an envelope, of which the back side reminds me of a kind of ficus:





And the rotifera were acoompanied by this plant, growing in Fike's yard:




Thank you very much, Ficus!

Jimmy Connors (5, 6)



This colourful Dog/Fox, and much more animals, has been sent by Jimmy Connors from Berlin to the Netherlands.
Sending mail in return seems to be a little harder, but we'll re-try!




A portable postcard!



Note the Birds on the stamp: the Toucan's name in German is a funny one: Pfefferfresser (literally: pepper eater).


And I learned that Frogs can be mammals, too.



Thank you very much, vielen Dank, Jimmy!

woensdag 1 november 2017

Mail Art Martha (9)



I love comics, and those of Mail Art Martha are great. See how Ali Khat and Vermina Rat are chatting. And wonder, with us, whether Vermina will succeed in entering the IUOMA Orange group or not :-)

Created and sent by Mail Art Martha.
She added also a tiny book in which there is an explanation about apples, Celts and Halloween. Interesting!



And well-known artistamps on the envelope! The Fish by Keith Chambers (see also here), and the Clowns project stamp, from the collaboration between Mail Art Martha and Cascadia Artpost.



Thank you very much, Mail Art Martha!

maandag 30 oktober 2017

Katerina Nikoltsou (30)



A beautiful Bird stamp appeared on the envelope Katerina had sent me from Greece. Thanks to her post in the 'Lapoused'/ 'Birds' group I learned that this Bird is from the Byzantine Museum.

In the envelope a lot of other mail art.
Like this Orange and Onions mail, with wonderful artistamps - among them the fish you've seen here before recently!



Banana, more orange, and pumpkin (Halloween) mail:





A contribution to my 'What or whom is she staring at?' mail art project:



Thank you very much, Katerina!



Eva (28)



This beautiful envelope I received from Eva. See how fine this Mail Cat has been drawn, and how bright the colours, even grey, are lighting up!

Thank you very much, moltes gràcies, Eva!

donderdag 26 oktober 2017

Nicole Eippers (28)



An envelope showing an impressive animal (and a matching - Europe 2017 - sand castle stamp) arrived from Belgium. Created by Nicole Eippers, and fortunately she added some extra information about this animal inside the envelope.
It is the Squille, in English also named a peacock mantis shrimp, harlequin mantis shrimp, painted mantis shrimp, or clown mantis shrimp (in Dutch a 'bidsprinkhaankreeft', which means literally 'praying mantis lobster')



According to the information, this up to 20 cms large sea animal has eyes which make it possible to watch 360 degrees around, thus he or she is able to see a panorama view.

That will not be the case with the short sighted animal which Nicole also has added to the content of the envelope. It is the Mole, this peticular species being a star-nosed mole:



And there is this picture of the Andrewsarchus, a prehistorical, extinct animal:



On the back of the envelope - which in fact also is the front, as my address was written there, too - you can find Nicole's famous Flying Piggy!



Thank you very much, hartelijk dank, Nicole!

maandag 23 oktober 2017

Keith S. Chambers (6,7)


'Ceci n'est pas un aquarium', 'This is not an aquarium'




From Keith S. Chambers two nice envelope arrives. One almost two months ago, containing pretty stamps and Mail Pigeons in front:





The print inside shows a rather, er, dead person, however the dandelion represents new life:



The print came along with great artistamps:



And more artistamps:

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And the other - orange - envelope, which arrived two days ago, contained great fish stamps:


'Hippurus hoc non est', 'this is not a goldfish'


And the Fish, shown on top (in not an aquarium), with an autumn poem on the back:




Banana swords:



And two peculiar official USPS stamps on the envelope:



Thank you very much, Keith!