Friday, 24 March 2017
Sunday, 19 March 2017
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
Friday, 17 March 2017
Yala National Park is also known for the number of birds that can be seen in this area of 378 square miles (979 sq kilometres) which totals 215 species. It is appropriate that the stamps the card came with were two birds endemic to Sri Lanka -
|1993: Birds of Sri Lanka|
Yala is marked on the map by the Sri Lankan elephant on the south east corner.
Postcards for the Weekend theme - a card from a country you would want to visit - dream of travel at Connections to the World
Sunday, 12 March 2017
|1975: Faroese Stamps|
islands stamps. The map of the Faroe Islands is a section of a map called 'North' from the 1573 edition of the wonderfully named 'Theatre of the World' (Theatrum Orbis Terrarum) by the geographer Abraham Ortelius considered the creator of the first modern atlas. If you are ever in Antwerp (his birth city) I can recommend a visit to the printing museum of Plantin-Moretus not only for the oldest surviving printing presses in the world and the building itself but but their collection of maps including Ortelius's atlas. Oh and did I mention the postcards in the shop, I still regret not splurging the cash and buying the complete Dick Bruna alphabet set of cards.
But lets move on several centuries and a more modern map
Now lets head south to the Mediterranean
|1977: World Telecommunication Day (Design: Harry Borg)|
An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Maps - plot your way to See It On A Postcard
Sunday, 5 March 2017
|1981: Year of the Rooster|
|Designer: Cheng Chuanli - Engraver: Sun Hongnian|
|1981: Booklet Cover Year of the Rooster|
|1999: Twelve Animals of the Lunar New Year Cycle|
Do you want an early morning rooster call?
|1996: 100 Years of Going to the Cinema - A Celebration|
An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Roosters - more fine feathers at See It On A Postcard
Friday, 3 March 2017
To give some context lets pan out a little to show where I am on the west coast
I think I would rather take a trip into the Lake District for the day
Postcard's for the Weekend theme - Home Country - Go home to Connections to the World