Many people, when they start collecting postcards, think they will collect as many places as possible. Before too long you realise that it's something of an impossible task. It's clearly impractical to have postcards from everywhere so where do you draw the line? Certain countries? While you may be happy, delighted even, to have a single card from Tuvalu (yes, I have and I am!), which card could possibly represent France, or Brazil?
So you may go down the route of collecting places that mean something to you, where you were born, or places you've lived or visited. Or you can choose an entirely different route and collect cards fitting themes that you like.
My postcard collection has grown so much that I've decided I should show collages of cards representing themes, rather than singling out individual cards.
The cards in this first A to Z post of 2016 all celebrate arches. Sometimes the arch itself is the centrepiece of the postcard, sometimes it frames another feature, and sometimes it's the pattern made by multiple arches that caught the photographer's eye.
I'm not entirely sure if the series of doorways (bottom row, centre) really fits the theme of arches, but it has the same sort of pattern that attracts my eye, so it's included.