The choice of a stamp from 1984 I think is no accident for that was the first year the name Åland appeared on stamps. From 1984-1992 the stamps were issued by Finnish Post and you could use a combination of both Åland and Finnish stamps on envelopes. In one of life's ironies today Åland act as agents for Finnish stamps.
|1990: Orchids (Design: Allan Palmer)|
"Elder-flowered orchid is one of the earliest-flowering orchids in the north. Its flowers adorn coppices on the Åland Islands from the end of May, when the queen bees wake up from their winter rest and establish a hive, flying tirelessly around to gather nutrition for the first generation of workers. From the bee’s point of view however it is a fruitless task to visit elder-flowered orchid because it has no nectar or pollen: the plant rather fools inexperienced bees into pollinating it without any reward. Insects learn to beware of cheaters, so evolution’s next step was to create two colours of elder-flowered orchid, red and yellow, which can appear in the same habitat. The red coloured variety is usually predominant in northern Finland, while in the south it is in the minority. The differently coloured varieties usually stay very separate, but sometimes plants that are different shades of orange can be found".
|2015: Maximum Card 92|
|2015: Peach-leaved Bellflower|
I have never been happy with any of my photographs of bell flowers but the photographer here, Andy Horner, shows how it should be done. The card also has postage paid image on the reverse
An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Flowers - visit the garden at See It On A Postcard