17 July 2018

Bioluminiscent Mail

Letter sent by Phillip (the USA). On the folded card, a picture by Teresa N. Rishel showing Dale Chiluly's work: Persian Ceiling, vibrant glass artwork. 

It couldn't match more with the Bioluminiscence Life stamps, issued by the USPS on 22 February. They don't glow in the dark, but they incorporate an special holographic effect that is hard to show on a picture or scan.

From left to right:
-a cluster of mushrooms (Mycena lucentipes) photographed by Taylor F. Lockwood
-a bamboo coral (Keratoisis flexibilis) by Edith Widder
-and a crown jellyfish (Atolla wyvillei), shown under external lighting, also by Widder.

I have received more on the back of postcards:
-Red: a deep-ocean octopus (Stauroteuthis syrtensis), photographed by Edith Widder under external lighting.
-Blue: a deep-sea comb jelly (Bathocyroe fosteri), also by Widder and lit externally.

-Round blue: Midwater jellyfish (Atolla vanhoeffeni).

Sorry if don't like to see jellyfishes in the summer!


  1. Indeed we'd better not meet jellyfish in real, but the stamps (and envelope) are amazing and beautiful!!

    1. These stamps are like magic! And I'vegotanoth ero n elast week (but I haven't had the time to take any picture).

    2. I found out that I've received an insect on a similar stamp. Beautiful to see in real (the stamp, I mean). However, your pictures are bright(er) coloured and beauties, too!

  2. Tres jolis, les timbres de bioluminescence.


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