Bristlecone pine, the longest-living species on earth. In fact, a Great Basin Bristlecone in California’s Inyo National Forest is named Methuselah because it’s the oldest known non-clonal organism, at 4,844 or -5 years old! This postcard does not say where the photo was taken, but it reminds me of what is probably my favorite natural place–Cedar Mesa in Southeast Utah. Cedar Mesa is part of Comb Ridge, a spine of upthrust rock known as a monocline. Nearly 80 miles long, Comb Ridge can be seen from space!
One of Colorado’s proud 14′ers, Torreys Peak rises above the evergreens and fall’s yellow aspen to an elevation of 14,275 feet.
Although not contiguous like the most expansive curtain of water, Victoria Falls, the awe inspiring Iguazú Falls is the widest in the world. When Eleanor Roosevelt visited, she exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” The legend behind this incredible geologic site is that a god had planned to marry a beautiful mortal woman, but she fled with her mortal lover in a canoe down the Iguazú River. Furious, the god hacked the river in two, disjointing it, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.
Ponape is now called Pohnpei–“upon (pohn) a stone altar (pei).” This is from the beautiful set of postcards Grandpa Snail (Mama Snail’s side) brought back from work in Micronesia as a civil engineer in the 1980′s. For the whole series, see this post!
The postcards I chose for today in celebration of Earth Day are my favorite landscape shots in my collection. I’m just sorry my collection is not at all representative of the range of splendorous environments on our incredible planet. There are so many natural wonders I’d like to see, or at least get a taste of through a postcard.