Sunday, March 10, 2019

C is for Carnation, C tarifa, Correos and Cardinal

Fantastic C mail arrived from Eva.

The stamp has the no value indicator of the C rate, used for international mail outside Europe, and featured a carnation that is made up of various Spanish landmarks. The only one I recognize is La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

To see more stamps with a C theme, explore the links at Sunday Stamps.

The fantastic envelope shows Eva's watercolor cardinal bird. the male is considered to have a brilliant red color, but today's post makes me think of the words crimson and carmine.

And more yellow on the back.

Eva asked me if I thought her cardinal was red enough. I thought I'd poll the audience - so what do you think? Is he red enough?


  1. For me her cardinal bird is perfect !The color "cardinal come from the cardinal 's dress like Richelieu or Mazarin ,i think

  2. What a perfect bird and stamp colour combination. Its a bird with attitude with that tuft and scarf. I have never seen a cardinal in real life however I have drooled over them in photos of snow laden trees.

  3. I guess I shouldn't be taking cardinals for granted - they are lovely birds and I'm excited to be hearing them singing in the mornings.
    It is hard to see the other landmarks, but maybe not for someone Spanish :/

  4. I love the cardinal! I dont think it can or cannot be red enough - it is lovely as it is and the colours are perfectly matching the stamp :)

  5. Thanks for the compliments on the cardinal! I used the colour "Cadmium red" from my watercolour set :D

    Yes, I can recognize some of the landmarks: the Alcalá Gate in Madrid, the Miguelete tower in València (I think), the mosque in Córdoba, the Alhambra fortress... But not all, I'm afraid.

  6. Great envelope, as said, love the drawing!
    And just now I see the details in de stamp!

    And yes, the cardinal is red enough, unless the cardinal is a she, then she might be too red :-)

  7. I think everyone answered Eva's question - this guy is the perfect shade of red!

  8. Now I would like to see a cardinal like this.

    1. The one in my backyard has that same look in his eye when he sees the cats. No yellow scarf, though.