Friday, August 9, 2013


I also received this postcard today...from Australia.  The woman who sent this postcard requested a personal swap, which is completed voluntarily and directly between two people.

On the upper right is a view of Perth's city skyline as seen from Sir James Mitchell Park.

Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia.  It is the fourth most populous city in Australia, with an estimated population of more than 1.9 million.

Perth became known worldwide as the "City of Light" when city residents turned on their lights as astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting Earth in the Friendship 7 in 1962.

On the lower right is a view of the Swan Bells tower near Barrack Square.

The Swan Bells are a set of 18 bells hanging in a 271-foot copper and glass bell tower, which overlooks the Swan River.  They are one of the largest sets of change ringing bells in the world.

On the left is a view of Western Australia's bird emblem, the Black Swan.

The Black Swan's plumage is black with a line of white feathers on the edges of the wings. The beak is red with a white band near the tip.

The Black Swan stands about 42-55 inches with a wingspan of about six and one-half feet, and can weigh up to almost 20 pounds.

Both parents build the nest.  The female lays between four and eight eggs, which take about 40 days to hatch.  Both parents care for the young, which are called cygnets.

   Government of Western Australia, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

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