Wednesday, May 24, 2017

INDIA ~ Sundarban National Park - UNESCO ~

... This makes collecting National Parks so much funヅ... you can get plenty of postcards from the same NP... but they all look so different... this one shows the breathing roots of mangrove forest in Sundarbans... it stands out to be the largest tangle of mangrove wetland in tropical Asia....unfortunately overflowing salty water and less rain has been a great threat for this unique natural beauty...Thanks a lot Chetan!!【ツ】

From backside postcard:
The Surdarban is a contiguous natural region in India and Bangladesh formed on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers. It is the largest estuarine mangrove forest in the world. It is a NP, Tiger Reserve, Biosphere Reserve, UNESO WHS and a Ramsar wetlands.

Sonneratia species grow in oxygen-poor sediments. The underground root system needs and demands oxygen, the soil is not able to support the underground root system with enough oxygen. Therefore, the underground root system outgrows aerial roots that grow vertically up to the air above the soil. The cone roots have numerous lenticels that enable gas exchange directly above the surface. The cone roots provide the additional needed oxygen which can't be taken from the soil.

The Sundari tree (Heritiera fomes), from which Sundarban derives its name, breathes through pneumatophores or breathing roots that look like stilts. It is spread out in an area of almost 1,330 square kilometer in India.

Stamps:

Defenitives:
2X Bal Gangadhar Tilak
(Issued 10-03-2016)
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
(Issued 19-05-2016)

The 50th Anniversary of the State of Haryana
(Issued 01-11-2016)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

USA ~ Carlsbad Caverns National Park - New Mexico - UNESCO ~

... Spectacular cave view... called the "Grand Canyon with a roof on it"... Carlsbad Caverns in the Chihuahuan Desert are one of the world’s most famous, deepest, biggest and most decorated caverns ever found.... giant rooms of limestone, stalagmites, stalactites, cave pearls, and underground lakes....visitors to the cave can hike in on their own via the natural entrance or take an elevator from the visitor center... Thanks sooooo much Andrene!!(✿ ♥‿♥) (P.S. I'm the most lucky one that you found this great postcard for meツ)
Photo:© Mike Jones
"The Big Room is the largest single cave chamber by volume in North America".

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. Carlsbad Cavern is one of over 300 limestone caves in a fossil reef laid down by an inland sea 250 to 280 million years ago. Marine fossils have been found in the rock.The caverns were forged by sulfuric acid – not water erosion, as is the case with most limestone caves and there are no flowing rivers or streams inside the caves.

The park is home to a large number of Mexican Free-tail bats. It was these bats’ guano that was deposited on the floor of the cave and sparked the guano mining industry. It is estimated that the population once ranged in the millions.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park was first designated a National Monument in 1923. It became a National Park in 1930. Carlsbad Caverns was also designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Stamp:

"The Moon" Global Forever stamp
(Issued 22-02-2016)

Monday, May 22, 2017

CZECH REPUBLIC ~ The National Stud Farm in Kladruby nad Labem ~

... Amazing horse picture from one of the oldest horse breeds "the Old Kladruber" in the world... and also one of the oldest studs... I took part in a project of 9-10 years old kids who have been studying English just 7 months at school... they are learning how to describe animals... this one came from Radim♥  and I must say he did it very well... great handwriting and so lovely decorated... Big Thanks Radim!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯¯\_(ツ)_/¯


It covers an area of over 3,000 acres north of the river Elbe about 80 km east of Prague. The tradition of horse breeding in Kladruby nad Labem stretches back to at least the mid 14th century. For over 300 years (1579–1918) it was an imperial court stud providing horses for the royal and imperial court in Prague and Vienna.

Nowadays the National Stud keeps around 500 horses. 250 grey Old Kladrubers are bred in the historic site of Kladruby nad Labem and 250 black Old Kladrubers are bred in Slatiňany, a former stud of the princely family of Auersperg, located about 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Kladruby nad Labem.

Kladrubers have always been bred to be a galakarossier - a heavy type of carriage horse for the court of the House of Habsburg.


Stamp:

The Crown Jewels
(Issued 20-01-2017)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Galle Lighthouse - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful evening view of Galle lighthouse surrounded by palm trees overlooking the Indian Ocean.... it is one of the 14 remaining light houses of Sri Lanka... and considered to be the oldest one on the island... it is a well known tourist attraction and the most often visited lighthouse... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!(✿ ♥‿♥) ➜ Ravindra's Lighthouse Blog

Galle Lighthouse is an offshore lighthouse and is operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The lighthouse was built during the British rule of Sri Lanka in 1848. But the original 80 ft. tall lighthouse which was built about 100m away from where the current lighthouse is situated was destroyed by fire in 1934, then they built the lighthouse you can see now standing about 87 ft. tall built in 1939.

As being located in the Galle Fort, and surrounded by historic buildings, the Galle lighthouse is part of the World Heritage Site. It became a UNESCO WHS in 1988.

Stamps:

The 160th Anniversary of First Postage stamp of Sri Lanka - Ceylon
(Issued 01-04-2017)

Friday, May 19, 2017

CANADA ~ Cape Space National Historic Site - Newfoundland -

... A spectacular view of the “The edge of the North American Continent”... the eastern-most point of land... perched on a rugged cliff  with a majestic ocean view..... Cape Spear Lighthouse is an iconic symbol of Newfoundland and Labrador's mariner history... and a beautiful spot for nature lovers (you can see birds, whales and dolphins here) ... with as always really lovely stamps and postmark...Thanks a lot Glenn!!【ツ】➜http://gemsworldpostcards.blogspot.be/



Cape Spear is located near to St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 In 1836 a lighthouse was built here at the entrance to St. John's Harbor: it was the second light to offer aid along the Newfoundland's coast.

 After 119 years of service the old light was decommissioned and a new concrete building was built to house the light in 1955. The 11m (35 ft) white octagonal concrete tower is the current active lighthouse on the postcard. It is located about 180 m (200 yd) northeast of the original lighthouse.
Stamps:

Queen Elizabeth II - A Centennial to Celebrate 1963-1972
(Issued 06-02-2012)

World War I - The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge - Joint Issue with France
(Issued 08-04-2017)

Flowers - Daisies
(01-03-2017)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

USA ~ Bandelier National Monument - Tyonyi Ruins - New Mexico ~

... Beautiful nostalgic graphic poster postcard by "Lantern Press Original Poster"... this amazing volcanic landscape is among the most beautiful places containing some of the most unusual and interesting ancient ruins in the Southwest... Bandalier National Monument  isn’t officially a National Park, but the National Park Service manages it (so I will put it under NPツ)...  postmarked with the postal cancellations from the post offices in or nearest to the park sites, what makes it even more special...Big Thanks Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥)


Bandelier National Monument is an archaeological area and scenic wilderness of the Pajarito Plateau in New Mexico. Established in 1916, it occupies an area of 53 square miles (137 square km). The monument contains many ruins of cliff and open pueblos (villages) of pre-Columbian Indians, mostly from the 13th century.

One site of archaeological interest in the canyon is Tyuonyi  pueblo and nearby building sites, such as Long House. Tyuonyi is a circular pueblo site that once stood 1-3 stories tall. These sites date from the Pueblo III Era (1150 to 1350) to the Pueblo IV Era (1350 to 1600).

Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.






Stamp:

"The Moon" Global Forever stamp
 (Issued 22-02-2016)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CUBA ~ Trinidad - UNESCO ~

... Beautiful Carribean card nr2 showing a typical view of Trinidad... quiet cobbled street and colonial house... the tall barred windows are typical for these 18th and 19thC houses... with great matching "blue" Classic American car in front... if you love colors, Cuba is the place to come...  Big Thanks once more dear Sini!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
© Cubaimagen,s.a.

Trinidad is a town in the center of Cuba on the Caribbean coast near the Escambray Mountains. It was founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar under the name Villa de la Santísima Trinidad.

The town features some of the island’s best preserved Spanish colonial heritage from the time when the sugar trade was the main industry in the region. Nowadays, Trinidad's main industry is tobacco processing. Many of its most striking buildings, including the Museo Histórico Municipal and the Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria, are situated around Trinidad’s central public square, Plaza Mayor.

Trinidad was declared a World Heritage listed UNESCO site in 1988.

Stamp:

The 1700th Anniversary of the Founding of San Marino
(Issued 20-07-2001)

CUBA ~ Calle Oficios - Havana ~

... Two wonderful postcards from traveling friend Sini... the people of this island trace their ancestry to African and Spanish roots... they are fond of festivals, music and especially dancing... with the recipe of "the Cubanito Cocktail" on the backside... the perfect drink for hot summer afternoonsヅ...Thanks a lot Sini!!\_(♥‿♥)_/

Cobbled Calle Oficios leads east from Plaza de Armas to Plaza de San Francisco and is lined with mostly 18th-century buildings, most of which have been restored and today house various museums, restaurants, and other attractions.

A Cubanito is a Cuban version of a Bloody Mary:



Stamp:

Flora - Flowers
(Issued 26-05-2016)

Monday, May 15, 2017

TANZANIA ~ Giraffe - Lake Manyara National Park

... Tanzanian beauty nr2♥... giraffes are such a wonderful example of nature’s creativity...the Masai giraffe, also known as Kilimanjaro giraffe is a remarkable species that is not only the largest giraffe but also the tallest land mammal...  almost a third of Tanzania is protected, providing habitat for animals and plants across 14 national parks making it a top destination for ecotourists....Big Thanks once more Ahmed! !✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
Photo: ©S.M.

Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smallest safari parks in Tanzania, but it offers within its numerous microclimates a varied ecosystems with groundwater forests, bush plains, baobab strewn cliffs and algae streaked hot springs. The parks namesake is a shallow, alkaline lake which expands and contracts with the seasons within a long, silvery bowl of salt deposits.

The Masai giraffe can be found in central and southern Kenya and in Tanzania. It has distinctive, irregular, jagged, star-like blotches which extend to the hooves. A median lump is usually present in males. Originally, the Masai giraffe lived throughout Africa, however, due to loss of habitat and deforestation, they are only found in the savannas of Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Tanzania.

Stamps:

 Tourist Attractions
(Issued 16-05-2011)

Friday, May 12, 2017

TANZANIA ~ Birds - Ngorongoro Crater National Park - UNESCO ~

... First of two amazing new National Parks... Tanzania is home to the best safaris in Africa... the main  attraction in the area is the Ngorongoro Crater which is sometimes referred to as "the cradle of life"...  tthis area  is also completely unique because it provides protected status for wildlife while allowing the habitation of humans (Maasai peole)... Thanks a lot Ahmed!!【ツ】
Lilian S. David © LIDASO

Ngorogoro was created when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago.Its floor covers 100 square miles and it is home to some 25.000 animals. Due to the enclosed nature of the Crater it has virtually formed its own ecosystem.

Both the Ngorongoro highlands and the crater offer excellent birding, with over 500 species recorded. Birdlife in the highland forest is rich and interesting. Among the birds to be seen are white-eyed slaty flycatcher and Livingstone turaco. A number of specialized grassland birds are resident in the crater. Most noticeable are ostrich, kori bustard, crowned crane and the secretary bird. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

The NCA became a Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1971 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

Stamps:

Tourist Attractions
(Issued 16-05-2011)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Centaurea Cyanus Flower ~

... Beautiful Honey bee feeding on a cornflower... a new postcard from the "Flowers of Sri Lanka" series... these are also growing in my garden... in dutch they are called ❁korenbloem❁...  cornflowers depend on cross-pollination by bees to set seed... Big Thanks Ravindra!!(♥‿♥)

Cornflower is a herbaceous plant that belongs to the daisy family.  With around 450 species worldwide, a number are native to Europe and Asia. These can be hardy annuals, biennials, perennials, or sub-shrubs.

The name "cornflower" refers to the fact that this plant often grows in the fields of corn.

Cornflower produces flowers arranged in the flower heads on top of the flowering stem. Flower head is made of disk florets, located centrally, and ray, petal-like florets, on the periphery of the flower head. Flowers are available in various shades of blue, white, pink, red, purple and maroon color.


Stamps:

The 30th Anniversary of the  International Year of Shelter for the Homeless
(Issued 12-01-2017)

The 100th Anniversary of Ferguson High School
(Issued 27-03-201è)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SINGAPORE ~ Botanic Gardens - Bandstand - UNESCO ~

...This lovely postcard features the iconic Bandstand... many years it was used for evening performances by military bands... though no longer used for music, the Bandstand continues to be one of the best-known features of the Gardens... today many wedding couples chose it as part of their wedding shots... Singapore Botanical Gardens is a beautiful, tranquil place in the heart of the city... Thanks a lot Jobbo!❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 158-year-old tropical garden located on the edge  of Singapore's main shopping belt.

The Botanic Gardens was established by Sir Stamford Raffles (the founder of modern Singapore and keen naturalist) in 1822, but was closed in 1829. It later opened its door by an Agri-Horticultural Society in 1859, before handled over to the government of Singapore. 60 acres of land were transformed from a disused plantation into the popular recreational garden you see today.

The Gardens is the first and only tropical botanical garden on the UNESCO WHS list. (2015)

Stamp:

The 50th Anniversary of Independence
(Issued 05-08-2015)

SINGAPORE ~ Haw Par Villa ~

... Vintage bit "odd" looking postcard... are you looking for something different in a tourist attraction... then this park is definitely one of the strangest places to visit... huge statues in an enormous park depicting Chinese legends, mythology and folklore all brightly coloured... all of the scenes illustrate states of being, or have a moral to their story... Thanks a lot Jobbo!!【ツ】(I knew it came from you even before I saw your name (>‿♥) )

From backside postcard:
Picture shows the spider spirits in the form of beautiful women, they kidnapped the monks and forced him to make love with them.

Haw Par Villa  is a theme park located on a hill in Pasir Panjang and was built in 1937.
It was originally known as “Tiger Balm Gardens”, as it was founded by the Burma-Chinese  born brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boom Par, who first started selling Tiger Balm.

In 1985, the Singapore Tourism Board acquired the land and gave the park a face lift.

Stamp:

Kent Ridge Park Trail
(Issued 22-09-2010)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

NEW ZEALAND ~ Aladdin's Cave - Orakei Korako ~

... Beautiful panoramic view of Orakei Korako also known as The Hidden Valley... this geothermal is situated in tropical trees and ferns... it looks like a scene out of Jurassic Park... also scenes from the BBC's Natural History Series Walking with Dinosaurs were filmed at Orakei Korako... it is probably the best thermal area left in New Zealand... Thanks a lot Aaron!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
Photo: Bob Beresford

From backside postcard:
"A view looking up from inside this deep cave in the Orakei Koraka thermal area. There's a hot water pool at the bottom. Native Punga ferns are growing at the entrance."

Orakei Korako (Māori for "The Place of Adorning") and Thermal Park are located in a valley north of Taupo on the banks of the Waikato River in the Taupo Volcanic Zone.

Ruatapu cave meaning sacred cave also known as Aladdin's Cave descends steeply into volcanic tuff. Tuff is consolidated ash deposited from a volcanic eruption, this one being from an eruption approximately 100,000 years ago. The cave extends 45 metres into the surrounding rock and descends for 23 metres. The small pool at the base of the cave is known as Waiwhakaata or 'The Pool of Mirrors'.

The Maori people once used the pool at the base of Aladdin's Cave as a place to clean themselves.

Stamp:

Southern Lights
(Issued 08-02-2017)


SRI LANKA ~ Clock Tower - Colombo ~

... Lovely view from the past... pictured the Fort Lighthouse Clock Tower Colombo around 1910... the old Ceylon history... this is one of the landmarks and stands tall in the centre of the new constructions... now designated as a monument and a popular meeting point... it is the only lighthouse in the world which also tells the time in the middle of the busy road... with also great "old Ceylon" stamps... Big Thanks Ravindra!!【ツ】

Colombo fort clock tower (Colombo Old Lighthouse) is located in the city center. Construction of this tower was completed in 1857. The lanterns were installed and commissioned as a lighthouse in 1865. According to the historical records, the first clock of this tower was made by the same people who manufactured the famous Beg Ben.

With the construction of the taller buildings in the neighborhood, the light obscured. Therefore it was no longer be able to serve its purpose, so the lighthouse was completely switched off in 1952. The new Colombo light house was established at Galbokka Point.

Stamps:

The 160th Anniversary of First Postage stamp of Sri Lanka - Ceylon
(Issued 01-04-2017)

Monday, May 8, 2017

GERMANY ~ Martin Luther - Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum ~

... Painting of the German reformer Martin Luther who was the first and greatest figure in the 16th-century Reformation... to the present he has been a symbol of Protestantism... he became one of Western history’s most significant figures and his writings changed the course of religious and cultural history in the West... with great matching stamp and special postmark to celebrate 500 years of Reformation... Thanks once more dear Dustin for this unique item!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿


This is one of the many printed and painted portraits of Martin Luther (1483-1546) that were produced by Cranach (1472-1553) and his workshop beginning about 1520.

The Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum  is an art museum in  the city of Braunschweig. Founded in 1754, the this museum is one of the oldest museums in Europe. It houses an important collection of Western old master paintings.

The present museum building was opened in 1887. In 2010 an extension building was added to the museum. The historical building was closed for renovation for seven years afterwards. The museum reopened on 23 October 2016.




Museum photo: B.P. Keiser

Stamp:

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation - Joint Issue with Brazil
(Issued 13-04-2017)

Definitive Issue - Flowers
(Issued 07-07-2005)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Crested Hawk Eagle - Bundala National Park - UNESCO ~

... First of a whole "bunch"ツ great postcards received from friend Ravindra... it will take a while to post them all... National Park nr13 from this paradise island full of stunning national parks crawling with animals... Bundala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s foremost destinations for birdwatchers...  the Crested Hawk Eagle are known to sit on perches high up in the trees and scanning the forest floor for potential prey. ... Thanks a lot Ravindra  (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: Venura Ubayathilaka

The Crested Hawk-Eagle is a common raptor found throughout the dry lowlands. This bird is a medium-large raptor at about 60–72 cm in length.

Bundala NP  is situated in the southeast part of the country and spread an area of 6,216 hectares. It consists mainly of dry thorny scrublands, marshes and four brackish lagoons. The park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds.  Nearly 200 species of birds have been recorded within the park, out of which 58 species are migratory birds. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a NP on 4 January 1993.

In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka.

Stamps:
The 100th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Girl Guides
(Issued 21-03-2017)

2017 Montague Jayewickreme 20. March
(Issued 20-03-2017)

Friday, May 5, 2017

BAHAMAS ~ Whale Watching ~

... Fantastic postcard showing the "gentle giants of the ocean" ... to see one of the most majestic and extraordinary animals on earth in the wild must be an awesome experience... and swimming with them must be unforgettable... humpbacks are true “acrobats of the sea” and will give viewers an impressive show of jumps out of the water (known as breaching) and tail and flipper slaps... whale and dolphin watching has become a popular eco-tourism activity worldwide in recent years...Thanks a lot Roy!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: Nicholas Popov

From backside postcard:
"A rare transcendent experience await visitors to the southern Isles of the Bahamas. Whales, the world's largest mammals, gently glide through serene blue seas in mysterious beauty."

The southern part of the Bahamas island chain has several more islands, which are less known, sparsely populated and undeveloped from a tourism perspective.  These islands are will San Salvador, Long Island, the Exumas, Crooked and Acklins Islands, Inagua and Mayaguana.

The whales migrate annually from their summer feeding grounds in the North Atlantic to their winter playgrounds in the Caribbean, where they spend approximately three months to find a partner and mate or give birth to a calf conceived the previous year.

Stamps:

Christmas
(Issued 14-11-2016)

2X Fauna - Marine Life
(Issued 03-01-2012)


Thursday, May 4, 2017

LAOS ~ Nang Sangkhan (Miss New Year) at Pii Mai Festival ~

... And postcard nr2 shows beautiful Laos girls dressed in very luxery traditional clothing... no Lao festival would be complete without its beauty contest, of which Nang Sangkhan (Miss New Year) is the most famous of all... there are seven contestants, each one symbolizing one of King Kabinlaphom's seven daughters... the procession of the beauty queen is spectacular and hugely popular... with great exactly matching girls on stamp... Big Thanks Jobbo!! \_(♥‿♥)_/
Photo: Song Phonepaseuth

Lao people have celebrated Lao New Year for thousands of years. This festive occasion is held each year from April 13 to 15 in the old capital Luang Prabang . As well as being a time of celebration and endless fun, It has also become synonymous with holiday, the celebration of Lao identity, the reinforcement of family bonds and an opportunity to reflect on the year ahead.

According to a Lao legend, the Pii May celebration started after Thao Kabinlaphrom lost his life in a bet to a man named Thammaban Khuman. Thao Kabinlaphrom was not able to solve a three-part riddle. Per his request, his seven daughters (representing each day of the week) took great care not to let his severed head touch the ground or there would be great destruction throughout the world. The head was kept at Mt. Sumeru until Pii Mai of each year when each daughter would take turns cleansing it.

Stamps:
UNESCO WHS Luangprabang
(Issued 02-12-2010)

The 40th Anniversary of National Day of Laos
(Issued 02-12-2015)

LAOS ~ Wat Xieng Thong - Luang Prabang ~

... Two more great Laos postcards for my collection thanks to travelling Jobbo... (just noticed I have now 7 Laos postcards and they were all sent by you ♥) it's the most historically significant and impressive of Luang Prabang’s many wats and a perfect example of Laos’ iconic religious architecture.... .for me the most beautiful off the temple is that low elegant flowing roof that almost touches the ground...it continues to be a favorite place for Buddhist festivals and celebrations, often center to honoring folk spirits and the Buddha himself.... Thanks a lot dear Jobbo!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Photo: Jatupom Rutnin

Wat Xieng Thong is a small temple built in the year 1560 and whose literal translation means Temple of the Golden City. I's situated  along the banks of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River in the city of Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Laos.

This temple was used from its origins as a Royal Temple where are they crowned the Kings of Laos and also as monastery. The temple is known as the gate of the city as the official Royal departed and arrived at this place. After the fall of the monarchy in Laos at the hands of the party communist Pathet Lao in 1975, Temple Wat Xieng Thong was used as a Royal Temple.

Stamps:
 Days of the Week - Buddha Figures
(15- 05-2005)

The 40th Anniversary of ASEAN
(Issued 08-08-2007)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

KENYA ~ Leopard with cubs - Maasai Mara National Park ~

......Wonderful view of mother and "cute" cubs... this African country is synonymous with safaris and magnificent wildlife... found in regions all across Kenya, the leopard is the smallest of the big cats... they are still one of the major predators of the savannah grasslands... good swimmers, excellent climbers and hunt the widest variety of prey of any of the Mara's major predators.....and with  the highest concentration of predators anywhere in Africa it's no surprise that you can see many big cats there... Thanks a lot Douglas!!【ツ】

Maasai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves covering an area of 1.510 square km.

Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system.

Leopard cubs are born with barely visible spots. The mother hides her cubs and moves them from one safe location to the next until they are old enough to begin playing and learning to hunt. When the cubs are about two years old, they live on their own. But the maternal bonds are strong, and offspring sometimes have reunions with their mothers.

Leopards are solitary creatures. Males are almost entirely solitary and females only break their solitude when they are raising cubs.
Stamp:

Crops
(Issued 28-02-2001)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

SCOTLAND ~ Loch Lomond - The Trossachs National Park ~

... Breathtaking and stunning nature views... at the heart of the park is Loch Lomond itself....  Britain's largest freshwater lake,.... it’s the perfect place to visit for hillwalking, climbing and boat trips....,this NP is home to the world’s largest grouse, the Capercaillie... It’s so popular because 50% of Scotland’s population live within an hour of the area... with nice purple "thistle" stamp, the floral symbol of Scotland... I can't thank you enough dear Andrene for all these amazing NP \_(♥‿♥)_/ (it took almost a month to cross the Channel  o͜͡o)
Loch Lomond from the south- Ben Lomond and Loch Ard
Loch Katrine from Ben A'an - Loch Achray
Photo: © Colin Baxter

The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is Scotland’s first National Park and was established in the year 2002 and has a size of 720 square miles.

The park is centred on Loch Lomond and falls into four distinct parts: The Trossachs, Breadalbane, Argyll Forest (Britain’s first forest park) and Loch Lomond. In the north of the park you will find impressive mountains. The mountains above 3,000 feet are named after the man who first listed them, Munros. The park consists of 20 Munros and the high point is Ben More at 3,852 feet. The south of the loch consists of a scattering of islands and more than 50 flowing rivers.

Stamp:


Universal stamps Scottish Icons
(12-06-2012)

Monday, May 1, 2017

VIETNAM ~ The Opera House - Hanoi ~

.... Great card nr2... a magnificent piece of classic French architecture dominating the central square... Hanoi Opera House is the landmark in the French Quarter of the city... it is the biggest theatre in the country... the French occupied Vietnam for 100 years, and it has influenced their food, their architecture and in their way of life... Big thanks once more Jobbo!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

The Hanoi Opera House was built in 1911 by the then ruling French. It’s a piece of neo-classical French architecture featuring Gothic themes on the doors and domes with pillars, shuttered windows, balconies and a glass room. Musicians, actors and dancers play to a 600-strong audience delivering powerful operatic and classical performances, making it a very popular theatrical attraction.

The building was completed after 10 years of construction, by two French architects, Broyer and V. Harley, resembling the Opéra Garnier de Paris.

In 1995, the government spent nearly 14 million US dollars to restore the opera house.

Stamps:

Chinese New Year 2017 - Year of the Rooster
(Issued 20-12-2016)

Chinese New Year 2016 - Year of the Monkey
(Issued 01-12-2015)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

VIETNAM ~ Tam Coc Landscape - UNESCO ~

... First of two wonderful cards sent by postcard friend Jobboツ... amazing scenery of one of the most beautiful regions in Vietnam... this location is famous for its natural beauty with mountains, streams and paddy fields... it is a miniature landlocked version of Ha Long Bay and  known as "Halong Bay on Land" ... Thanks a lot Jobbo!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (PS. And how was the "snake" dining experience??? ʘ͜͡ʘ )

Tam Coc is located about 90 kilometers south of Hanoi in Ninh Binh province (home of the Tran dynasty) and near to the city of Ninh Binh.

Tam Coc, literally "three caves", consists of three natural caves,  Hang Cả, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. These three caves were formed by Ngo Dong river after long erosive process of water river running through limestone mountains.

The area is part of the famous Trang An Landscape Complex UNESCO World Heritage site. (2014)


Stamps:

Vietnamese Markets
(Issued 01-03-2017)

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Friday, April 28, 2017

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA ~ Map ~

... Beautiful map postcard with small views of Old Bridges...the country is nicknamed the “Heart Shaped Land” due to the country’s slight heart shape o͜͡o .... it gained independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1992... the name “Bosnia” comes from an Indo-European word Bosana, which means water.... it is home to the Perucica Rainforest, the largest rainforest in Europe... Thanks a lot Zana!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in southeastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula, between Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. The capital city, Sarajevo, is located near the center of the country.

Bosnia and Herzegovina consists of two Entities – the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic Srpska.

The Bosnian region in the north is mountainous and covered with thick forests. The Herzegovina region in the south is largely rugged, flat farmland. It has a narrow coastline without natural harbors stretching 20 km along the Adriatic Sea.
Stamps:

Berries
(Issued 04-08-2015)

Chairmanship of the Council of Europe
(Issued 21-06-2015)

Fauna - Mammals
( 31-01-2007)