Saturday, February 6, 2016

Table Mountain, South Africa

another mountain...this time in South Africa



if you take a good look, you will see Cape Town below the Table Mountain...Megan, the sender, says she can see it from her window! Ahhh, that must be some majestic view!

the back of the card says: Cape Town below Table Mountain - a colourful profusion of flowers frames the mighty profile of one of the world's most famous landmarks...

What I love about this is that it is also somewhat space-related...you see, Table Mountain is the only terrestrial feature to give its name to a constellation: Mensa, meaning The Table (in Latin). The constellation is seen in the Southern Hemisphere, below Orion, around midnight in mid-July. It was named by the French astronomer Nicolas de Lacaille during his stay at the Cape in the mid-18th century






the stamp was issued in 2010 (for an airmail postcard) and shows a Zulu neck piece...looks pretty cool...like something i'd wear :)


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