17th Century Costume. November would bring a massive storm when many rushed down to see the flooding River Neva's huge waves.
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How the species were chosen for the stamp set is interesting. In 2014 millions of people took part in a vote for the green symbols of each of Russia's 85 regions. The choices of Moscow (oak) St Petersburg (Acer) Crimea (High Juniper) and Sevastopol (the stamp shown) were used for the set. An interesting political choice, two centres of power and a geographical area annexed by Russia in 2014. All of the 'green symbols' will be planted in the 'Avenue of Russia' located in the famous Victory Park gardens in Sevastopol which has plants that represent all Russia's climate zones and is a big draw for tourists and botanical enthusiasts.
Pinus stankewiczii is a species endemic to Crimea first identified in 1905 by the Russian and Polish forestry specialist Waclaw Stankiewicz (1866-1940)