Friday, April 30, 2021

Yosemite Falls - USA

Look how beautiful this card is. It was on my favorites wall and it was sent by Helen.

The best time to see Yosemite N. P. falls is during spring when most of the snowmelt occurs. Peak runoff typically occurs in May or June, with some waterfalls (including Yosemite Falls) often only a trickle or completely dry by August. Storms in late fall rejuvenate some of the waterfalls and all of them accumulate frost along their edges many nights during the winter.

Photos by Mike Jones

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet (739 m) from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall. This waterfall is actually made up of three separate falls: Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 feet), the middle cascades (675 feet), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 feet).
You can see Yosemite Falls from numerous places around Yosemite Valley, especially around Yosemite Village and Yosemite Valley Lodge. 
It's also possible to hike to the top of Yosemite Falls as a strenuous, all-day hike.
Flows: approximately November through July, with peak flow in May. - in:

Thursday, April 29, 2021


The five-tented Church of St John the Baptist is one of the many attractions of Kolomenskoye, a former Royal estate located in the southern part of Moscow. 
Beginning from the 15th century, Kolomenskoye served as a summer country residence for the Grand Dukes of Moscow and Russian Tsars. 

RU-8309004, sent by Diana.
The Church of St John the Baptist was built during the late period of Ivan IV the Terrible’s reign, approximately in the middle of the 16th century.
It is believed that the Church served as a prototype for St. Basil (Intercession) Cathedral on the Red Square and was constructed by the same architects.
Ivan the Terrible chose this church for his birthday feasts and holiday worships.
At present, the Church is located in a wild area and is surrounded by an ancient cemetery. - in

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


Alkmaar was the 1st city I visited during my 2nd trip to the Netherlands. I was there in April but not on a friday, when the Cheese Market takes place. In normal circunstances the Cheese Market takes place every Friday, from April to September. Due to the Coronavirus, it is still unknown when the Cheese Market will take place in 2021.

NL-4865385, sent by Paul.
Back in 1365, as there was only one set of scales for weighing, cheese was traded on the Waagplein. The cheese was delivered early in the morning, and the cheese market masters and traders would check to see whether the cheeses had been well stacked. Up to 30,000 kilos, or 2200 whole cheeses, are lined up and waiting for customers.
But what would a cheese market be without the 'kaasdragers', or cheese porters? The 'zetters' (loaders), 'ingooiers' (cheese tossers) and 'waagmeesters' (weighers) also play defining roles at the market. They belong to a guild with many traditions. All in all, the Alkmaar Cheese Market is a fascinating spectacle, with many more interesting facts and information to be discovered. - in:


Tirol is a state in western Austria. 

This beautiful province is one of the best skiing areas in winter, while in the summer it offers fantastic hiking paths and stunning views of lakes and valleys. Traditional celebrations and delicious food can also be enjoyed year-round.Rugged peaks, rolling Alpine pastures, picturesque valleys, spectacular glaciers all make for the stunning scenic beauty of Tirol. Its friendly people, a long history in hospitality, and a great infrastructure make Tirol a truly unique destination.
AT-542203, sent by Karin.
The overwhelming beauty of Austria’s third-largest province is spectacular. One of Tirol's biggest claims to fame are its 500 mountain peaks that rise more than 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) above sea level.
Tirol has a population of over 700,000 (living in 279 communities, eleven of which are towns). Tirol's largest city is its capital, Innsbruck, which is located near the geographic centre. - in:


Emmerich am Rhein is a town and municipality in the northwest of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

© klaes-regio Fotoverlag
DE-10375290, sent by Jens.
Emmerich's Rhine promenade is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, offering peaceful views across the Rhine river and Emmerich's iconic Rhine Bridge, which is the  longest suspension bridge in Germany. This 1km long promenade also boasts a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and the Rheinpark with its playground.
The church on the card is St. Martin's Church. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Verdelhos - Portugal

 Almost a month without any updates. How did this happen? Well, I wasn't in the mood and these last weeks have been poor when it comes to cards. Now, officials are arriving again and I've a few new cards to show. 
This is not an official though. Because of the pandemic, Rita chose to confine in her father's hometown and even paid tribute to the village designing this card. 
I have already been to Verdelhos many times but never visited it.

Design: Rita Afonso

Verdelhos is located about 15 kms from Covilhã, at the northern end of the municipality, between the hills of the valley of the River Beijames.
Toponimically, Verdelhos finds its origin in the green color (verde - green), perhaps due to the nearby forests.