Sunday, 15 January 2017

Winter sports - Sunday Stamps II

There's a Nordic slant to my stamps this week once you've been to winter sports at Bariloche in

Argentina - 17 June 1971
and to see a bobsleigh team for 

San Marino - 15 December 1955
at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

In Norway you could partake in ski sports at Hjemland

Norway - 15 Jan 1975
I don't remember seeing a skier dressed like that!

I only remember the football World Cup in 1966 so would not have been aware of the World Speed Skating Championships held in Gothenburg that year.

Sweden - 18 Feb 1966

I've managed to find four different winter sport disciplines so check out Sunday-Stamps-II-109. to enjoy others.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Out the window - Thematic Photography

We have had no snow so far this winter although we are forecast for some this week.

2010 was different however with snow in November. Out my office window this was the view.

Some of you will no doubt recognise that wall.

In January it had been much worse,

I frequently get shots from our lounge.

Coal tit on the feeder
However two of my favourite pictures from 2016 were taken in Michigan.

You can't get more 'out the window' than Finn wanted to be.

For more way out shots please check in at Carmi's Thematic-photographic-396.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Winter white - Sunday Stamps II

Last year on 6 January, Royal Mail issued a set of stamps commemorating what Sir Edmund Hillary described as 'The Greatest Survival Story of All Time'.

During an attempt to be the first to cross Antarctica, Shackleton and his crew were 80 miles from their destination when their vessel, Endurance, became stuck in sea ice and after four months was crushed.

28 men were left stranded on the ice for another six months having dragged three boats and provisions from the ship.

You may read more about Sir Ernest Shackleton's and the crew's heroic actions leading to their rescue here.

For other winter white scenes check out links at Sunday-Stamps-II.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Letters - Thematic Photography

Sometimes you need a good memory to know what certain letters represent surrounded as we are by trade marks and advertisements of all shapes and sizes.

This is just the job on a 

Memory Stick

Sometimes however you may not see the wood for the trees.

Perhaps the person who discarded this was not as clever as he thought.

And what would you think about the ability of the driver of the car with these letters on their number plate.

To see what other letters have caught the attention of of TP fans check out Thematic-photographic-395.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Free choice - Sunday Stamps II

While trying to catalogue my stamps I have had some problems, some of these applied to Mexico.

One stamp in particular proved hard to date until I found a Stanley Gibbons catalogue.

Mexico - 1895
The image is not very clear - perhaps this is not surprising considering the age of the stamp. The Statue of Cuauhtémoc dates from eight years earlier in 1887. 

Cuauhtémoc was ruler of Tenochtitlan from 1520 to 1521, making him the last Aztec Emperor of all.

In the late 1990s/early 2000s I used to pass his monument on Avenue Reforma in Mexico City on the way to my hotel. I never knew who it represented.

Monument of Cuauhtémoc
Yet another lesson I've learnt from stamps.

To see what others have chosen to start the new year check out the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-107.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Landscapes - Thematic Photography

My last thematic post before Christmas finished in a farmer's field with this load of -

However this field also provides some landscape views to be admired, even on a winter's day.

North Yorkshire Moors
The pylon detracts from the view a bit as does a modern

Mobile phone mast
If you know the area then you probably also know that the column on the skyline is a monument commemorating Captain Cook.

Following on, to the left again, gives a view of Roseberry Topping and - 

Two of the five wind turbines, all in a line
A farm sits on another boundary to the field.

Further on houses are tucked among some trees.

However I must admit I prefer the landscapes to be seen, earlier in the year.

At haymaking time.
I hope you will agree that this a good collection for just one field that I see at least six days a week.

Here's wishing you all a Happy New Thematic-Photographic-394 Year.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Christmas on Sunday Stamps II

Happy Christmas, everyone.

Today's stamps have a Madonna theme and I don't mean Madge.

Malawi, in 1972, had the Madonna and Child Enthroned from a painting of the Florentine school.

I have been unable, so far, to establish who painted it.

Vincenzo Foppa's wood panel from the Bottigella altarpiece now resides in the Musei Civice in Pavia. Malawi showed this on a Christmas stamp in 1977.

The first Madonna painting by Raphael to enter a North American collection sits in the Walters Museum in Baltimore and appeared on the USA's 2011 Christmas stamp.

Ireland's Christmas stamp of 1999 depicts children in a nativity scene and provides a less formal view in a clear cut design.

You may see another Irish stamp and what others have chosen by following the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-Christmas