Friday, January 06, 2012
Thursday, January 05, 2012
This card was sent to me by Shashi.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Pleurotus eryngii (10) (also known as king trumpet mushroom, French horn mushroom, king oyster mushroom, boletus of the steppes) is an edible mushroom native to Mediterranean regions of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, but also grown in parts of Asia. In Italian it is called cardoncello; in Chinrse, it is called xìng bào gū ("almond abalone mushroom"), cì qín gū ("stab celery mushroom"), or cì qín cè ěr ("stab celery side ear"); in Japanese, it is called eringi.
Lactarius deliciosus (15), commonly known as the Saffron milk cap, Red pine mushroom, is one of the best known members of the large milk-cap genus Lactarius in the order Russulales. It is found in Europe and North America and has been accidentally introduced to other countries under conifers and can be found growing in pine plantations. A fresco in the Roman town of Herculaneum appears to depict Lactarius deliciosus and is one of the earliest pieces of art to illustrate a fungus.
Sparassis (25) (also known as cauliflower mushroom) is a genus of parasitic and saprobic mushrooms characterised by their unique look. Its look can be described as similar to a sea sponge, a brain, or a head of cauliflower, from which it has been given its popular name. They are increasingly cultivated and being sold in the Korea, Japan, USA and Australia. The generic name comes from the Greek sparassein meaning to tea.
Morchella elata (30) is a species of fungus in the family Morchellaceae. It is one of three related species commonly known as the black morel, the others being M. eangusticeps and M. conica. The fruiting bodies of M. elata are known to be consumed by grizzly bears (species Ursus arctos horribilis) in Yellowstone National Park.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Josien Broeren was born on the 27th of February 1956 in Den Dungen, the Netherlands. After obtaining her High school diploma she went to a hairdressing school. Besides cutting hair, she was busy painting. Karel Appel (a well known Dutch painter and coincidently also a former hairdresser) was her mentor and role model.
Marion of Holland who sent me this card says about Josien Broeren, that, she has developed her own style and uses pop-art like colours. The motto on this painting means, “He whom the divine gift of passion owns, grows older but never old”. How true.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Helsinki is unique among Northern European cities. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people. Helsinki’s identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West. The archipelago that surrounds Helsinki with hundreds of tiny islands creates an idyllic environment for cruises, for example. In the Upper part of the card one observes three massive ferries which generally sail between Sweeden, Åland, Finland and Estonia and some other Baltic States as well.
Over 450 years of history, several architectural layers and the impact of different periods can be clearly seen in Helsinki. Finnish design has also made the country’s capital city world famous. The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. The city centre has many beautiful parks, and the nearby forests offer an ideal setting for peaceful and quiet walks. Helsinki’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs. Everything is nearby – Helsinki is a pocket-sized metropolis that is ideal for visitors! This pretty card was sent to me by Pia.