Saturday, October 21, 2017

GERMANY ~ Fix & Foxi cartoon ~

... A cute looking German cartoon postcard... the most successful and best-selling German comic series of all time... it's about two charming foxes Fix & Foxi who with their friend Lupo are always getting into crazy adventures but they stick together through thick and thin... Fix & Foxi is now a multimedia property.... with sweet matching stamp showing the comic foxes on skateboards and special great postmark to celebrate the 100th birthday of their creator... Thanks a lot Dustin for once more an unique item!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


The publisher Rolf Kauka (1917-2000) was the creator and active marketer of the fox twins as well as the entire comic family.

The weekly magazine was published for more than 40 years between 1953 and 1994. Re-christened Fix & Foxi, it was relaunched as a monthly magazine in 2000, 2005 and 2010 respectively. Since the end of 2010 publication has once again ceased.

A total of over 750 million comic books were sold internationally.

In 2000 a TV series was broadcast featuring the characters; it was planned by the late Rolf Kauka and found it's way even into other European countries.





Stamps:

Flora - Flowers
(Issued 0806-2017)

Stamp Day - Fix & Foxi Comic Series
(Issued 07-09-2017)

Friday, October 20, 2017

SPAIN ~ Purullena - Granada ~

... Great postcard showing unusual and famous cave houses... an amazing town, which seems to hang off the clay cliffs... also known as "Troglodityc" town... you can visit inside a unique three-storey cave house, which is both local museum and family home... famous for its locally produced ceramics decorated with a cobalt blue pattern that dates back to the 16thC... Thanks a lot Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥) Hope you had a wonderful stay in Spain.☼ ☼ ☼




Purullena is located in the Andalusian region in Granada province.

The town has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Archaeological remains dating back to 3000 BC have been discovered here.

It was also an ancient Roman town  "Purullius", which was later transformed into a farmstead by the Muslims.  In 1489 it was finally conquered by the Catholic Monarchs.



Stamp:

The Road to Santiago
(Issued 25-04-2016)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ St. Andrew's Hotel - Nuwara Elya ~

... Lovely view of a great heritage building from the colonial era in a beautiful setting... it has been carefully preserved of its natural beauty.... surrounded by misty mountains and tea estates... another perfect "dream" place for a holiday... and with a great of selection stamps as always... Thanks Ravindra!!【ツ】

St. Andrew's Hotel is a fine venue for the traveler looking for natural wonders. This colonial style residence is over a hundred years old and still maintains the pace and style of life from that very era. Modern comforts await you at St. Andrew's Hotel with open wood fires and exclusive culinary.

Nuwara Eliyais a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light". The city is the administrative capital of Nuwara Eliya District, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft). The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its temperate, cool climate, the coolest area in Sri Lanka.

Stamps:

Personalized Definitives
(Issued 13-09-2017)

The 70th Anniversary of Parliamentary Democracy
(Issued 03-10-2017)

Flowers of Sri Lanka
(Issued 07-10-2016)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

VIETNAM ~ Van Long Nature Reserve - Ninh Binh ~

 ... Beautiful picturesque peaceful landscape...  also called “the bay without wave” because when going on a boat, visitors will see a flat surface like a big mirror surrounded by mystical limestone forests.... they are eco-friendly boat, made of bamboo and rowed by hand ... popular with bird-watchers... this reserve is also one of the last wild refuges of the endangered Delacour’s langur, partly because the wetlands keep predators and poachers out of the bay... Thanks Manh!!【ツ】
Van Long natural reserve is located in Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. Ninh Binh is a province in the Red River Delta region of Vietnam. The centre of the province is about 100 km to the south of Hanoi.

With an area of 3000ha Van Long Nature Reserve is the  largest natural reserve of wetlands of Northern Vietnam. The reserve has 32 beautiful grotto such as: Ca Grotto, Bong Grotto, Rua Grotto, Chanh Grotto.

In the Van Long forest, there are 457 species of higher plants of which 8 species are recorded in the Vietnam Red list.  39 species of animals; 12 species of rare animals such as the Delacour langur, chamois, Bengal slow Loris, Asian black bear and stump-tailed macaque.

Stamps:

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SOUTH AFRICA ~ Mountain Zebra National Park ~

... A fantastic National Park postcard of one of the smaller parks in South Africa... the scenery is beautiful and the setting tranquil... the park has a great history... today the park is home to a large breeding herd of the Cape mountain zebra... not long ago this species was endangered... local farmers in the area donated mature individuals from their land to form the first population in the national park, which numbered only six individuals.... now the park has over 700 animals and is able to restock other areas from their large population... it feels so good to post about a conservation success story...ヅ Thanks a lot Retha!!【ツ】
This 28 000ha National Park is situated in the Eastern Cape and it was first proclaimed in 1937 to save the cape mountains zebra from extinction.

Mountain Zebra National Park is home to herds of zebras, Black rhinos, buffalo's, springbok, blesbok, Black wildebeest, eland, Red hartebeest and gemsbok. Cheetah's were introduced in 2007 and lions in 2013.

The park is named after the the Cape mountain zebra. These zebra differ from the plains or Burchell’s zebra, by having narrower stripes, absence of shadow stripes and orange facial coloration.

The park is also a habitat for approximately 270 birds species.

Stamp:

Crafts
(Issued 27-10-2010)

Monday, October 16, 2017

CANADA ~ Historic Fort York - Toronto ~

... Great postcard showing an important part of Canada's history ...a historical gem located in the heart of downtown Toronto and a must-see part... Fort York is home to Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and 1813 battle site... it is like stepping back into the early 19thC... the city of Toronto restored the fort in the early 1930's and opened it as a museum... it's open year-round and offers tours, various exhibits, period settings, and spectacular events... Thanks a lot for another very interesting card and your nice compliments but that's only possible thanks to lovely people like you Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
"York Barracks, Lake Ontario, May 13, 1804", by Sempronius Stretton.
National Archives of Canada.

The Fort York is a 43 acre National Historic Site built in 1793 and is the birthplace of urban Toronto. The Fort was built as a defense against invasion, became the focus of a significant battle during the War of 1812, and acted as a deterrent against both internal and external threats. It was home to a military garrison until the 1930's.

Fort York was designated a national historic sites of Canada in 1923. Referred to as Toronto’s founding landscape, Fort York National Historic Site is also a Heritage Conservation District, a registered archaeological site,

Stamps:

Canadian Hockey Legends
(Issued 2809-2017)

Star Trek
(Issued 27-04-2017)

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
(Issued 11-01-2016)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

TRINIDAD and TOBAGO ~ Flag ~

... Great new Caribbean "twin sister" island to add to my collection... I'm not really a big fan of all those FOTW, Gf, WOW series of postcards o͜͡o... but to get it as a first one makes it still a bit special... Tobago is mostly known for its tourism... lush mountains, waterfalls, white sand beaches and coral reefs...Trinidad is a huge business travel destination, especially as it is home to booming oil and natural gas industry which makes it one of the most prosperous island in the Caribbean... Thanks a lot Sarah Lucess!!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
© Postcardmarket

Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelago in the southern Caribbean between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Venezuela. It consists of two main islands, Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad is the larger and more populous of the main islands. The capital city is Port of Spain. Trinidad is separated from Tobago by the Caribbean Sea which is 21 miles (33km).

Trinidad and Tobago are a home to around 24 non-poisonous snakes, 16 different species of mammals, 210 species of birds and 16 species of lizards.

Stamp:

Flowers definitive "1988"imprint
(Issued originally 1983)

Friday, October 13, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Maha Maluwa - Kandy ~

... This lovely building was part of the Maha Vasala (Royal Palace)... situated in the cultural triangle covering Anuradhapura, Dambulla and Kandy... Kandy was an ancient kingdom, renowned for its age-old tradition, architecture and its worship of the Buddhist culture... an important historic and ancient site... Ayubowan♥ and thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】
© Lalana Yapa

The Maha Maluwa or Great Terrace is an open park, situated opposite to the Temple of the Tooth. There is a stone pillar memorial at one end of the square that houses the skull of Keppetipola Disawe, a national Sinahalese hero and a prominent leader of the Uva rebellion of 1818,  who rebelled against the British and was killed for his part in the rebellion.

The park also contains a statue of Madduma Bandara, a statute of Princess Hemamali and Prince Danthakumara, who according to legend brought the tooth of Buddha to Sri Lanka.

Stamp:

Personalized Definitives
(Issued 13-09-2017)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

POLAND ~ Biebrza Valley - Biebrzanski National Park ~

... Great Polish National Park nr8... the largest wetland in Central Europe... a little European Amazon... with pristine wetlands, clean waters, wilderness, and few or no human settlements...  it is known as the country's green lungs... the Biebrza river offers great conditions for canoeing, with a water route of 135 km... the park is a unique refuge for waterfowl in Europe... birds taking shelter here while breeding, feeding or just resting during their annual migration.... a birdwatchers and ornithologists lovers’ paradise... Thanks once more Krystyna!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Photo: Agnieszka Henel

Poland's largest national parks, the Biebrzanski with an area of ​​area is 59223 ha. is located in the north-eastern part of the country along the Biebrza River. The park extends over the Biebrza river valley. (Biebrza River Marshes has an area of 254.94 km2.) This National Park was established in 1993.

The word Biebrza is probably derived from bóbr, which stands for beaver in Polish. That’s not very surprising if you consider that beavers have abounded in the local wetlands for many centuries.

The fauna is rich and diverse, and features mammals such as wolves, wild boar, foxes, roe deer, otters, beavers and many species of invertebrates, like butterflies, spiders, reptiles and amphibians.
But the iconic animal of the park is the "elk", about half of the country’s population, around 500 animals, live within the park’s borders.

Stamps:

 Poland in the European Union
(Issued 18-02-2003)

Lost Works of Art
(Issued 21-10-2013)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FAROE ISLANDS ~ Leirvik ~

... The Faroe Islands are considered to be one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places on Earth.... unique nature, history and culture... a “paradise of birds”... the lack of trees gives it a wide-open, crisp-air feel... great place for diving and snorkeling  in the crystal clear waters...  the town of Leirvík has an amazing archaeological site, a Viking Age farmstead called Toftanes that was accidentally discovered when building a road... Big Thanks Rosmarie!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo: Absalon Hansen

The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 islands of which 16 are inhabited in the North Atlantic Ocean, situated roughly midway between Iceland, Norway and the northern tip of Scotland.

They are an autonomous country, self-governing but within the Kingdom of Denmark. Tórshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands.Fishing is the most important Faroese industry.

Leirvík is a town located on the east coast of the second-largest island Eysturoy. Archaeological excavations have shown that the town was first settled the 9th century by the Vikings.

Puffins, razorbills, cormorants, Black guillemot and the large gannet are often found in this part of the world. The Faroese hare, sheep, horse and small Faroese mice are unique after having adapted to the climate over a long period of time. The ground is covered by more than 400 types of low-lying Arctic-type plants.

Stamp:

Faroese National Costumes
(Issued 26-09-2016)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

GERMANY ~ Berchtesgaden National Park - UNESCO ~

... Wonderful view of the only Alpine national park in Germany and one of the oldest protected areas in the Alps.... deep forests, rugged cliffs, glaciers but also peaceful green pastures and idyllic valleys... which makes it a haven for walkers and mountain trekking.... one of the main attractions of the park is Konigssee and it is considered to be the cleanest lake in Germany....famous for the filming locations of the movie "The Sound of Music"... but also home to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest retreat... Thanks a lot Melanie!!✿◕ ‿ ◕✿
© Publisher Huber
"View of Berchtesgaden with the Watzmann Massif"

Berchtesgaden town, Bavaria Land (state), is situated on the Berchtesgaden Stream in a deep valley surrounded on three sides by Austria.

Berchtesgaden National Park is located in the southern Bavaria along the Austrian border. This park was established in 1978 to protect the landscapes of the Berchtesgaden Alps. It covers an area of 210 km²  with altitudes ranging from 540 meter at lowland Königssee to the towering Watzmann Mountain (2.713m).

Home to alpine flowers, rare orchids, marmots, butterflies, chamois, ibex, red deer and several pairs of Golden Eagles.

The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1990.

Stamps:

Flowers
(Issued 03-07-2014)

Baby Animals
(Issued 02-01-2014)

Monday, October 9, 2017

GREENLAND ~ Disko Bay ~

... Beautiful view of a world of natural wonders... ice, dogsleds and stunning scenery... Disco Bay attracts the largest number of tourists to Greenland...  despite having a land size of over 2 million square kilometers there are no roads or railway system... all travel between towns is done by plane, boat, helicopter, snowmobile or dogsled... with great matching dogsled stamp and lovely fish postmark from Tasiilaq... Big Thanks Rosmarie!!【ツ】
© Photo Ivars Silis

Disko Bay is a region on the western coast of Greenland. The bay constitutes a wide southeastern inlet of Baffin Bay and is is the largest open bay in western Greenland.

Greenland is the largest dependent territory by area in the world bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Greenland Sea, the Arctic Ocean and Baffin Bay. Nuuk is the capital and largest city.

The biggest part is covered by the great inland ice. Only about 16% of the island are free of ice. Greenland is covered by the only permanent ice sheet outside Antarctica.

The native land mammals in Greenland include the polar bear, arctic fox, reindeer, arctic hare, musk ox, lemming, ermine, and arctic wolf.

Stamp:

Sports in Greenland
(Issued 23-01-2017)

Friday, October 6, 2017

BELGIUM ~ Victor Horta atelier & museum - Brussels - UNESCO

... Great Brussels postcard nr2... most of them are private properties except one, the Victor Horta museum... he designed some of the country’s most iconic buildings... like many in Brussels, the house is tall and slim, but Horta’s mastery of architecture and design created a unique residential experience... an illustration of Horta’s amazing talents.... with another lovely comic Lucky Luke stamp...  sadly without postmark☹... this happens so often when posted in any mailbox here... that's why I almost always go the postoffice itself to ask for a cancellation...Thanks once more Dustin♥!! Hope you enjoyed your stay in Belgium!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿➟ My postcard and stamp week
Victor Horta was born in Ghent and lived between 1861 and 1947. He was one of the most prominent designer in the Art Nouveau-movement, a new decorative style that developed in the late 19th century.

The site consists of four houses: Hôtel Tassel, Hôtel Solvay, Hôtel van Eetvelde, and Maison & Atelier Horta.

Characteristics are  the use of industrial materials like steel and iron in the visible parts of houses, new decorations inspired by nature, decorative facades of houses. Most of these principles can be seen in the house that Victor Horta built for himself in the late 1890's. This house now is a museum.

Along with three of Horta’s other townhouses in Brussels, it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001.

© Photo Bastin & Evrard

Stamp:

Comics - Lucky Luke
(Issued 13-04-2015)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

BELGIUM ~ The Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art - Brussels ~

... First of two really nice surprises... sent by my German postcard friend Dustin who was visiting our capital Brusselsツ... we have over 700 comic strip authors... the museum library houses probably the biggest collection of comic strips in the world ... it's one of the major tourist attractions of Brussels and welcomes more than 200.000 visitors each year... the most famous comic strip is Tintin by Hergé... the postcard shows the rocket ship that took the young reporter Tintin and his friends Professor Calculus and Captain Haddock to the moon in "Destination Moon" the 16th album of the Adventures of Tintin series... with cute matching comic stamp...Thanks a lot Dustin!!【ツ】



The museum is located in the heart of  Brussels in a stylish Art Nouveau building designed by the famous Victor Horta (1906). The Center was inaugurated by HM the King and HM the Queen on 3 October 1989.

The Comics Art Museum has been honouring the creators and heroes of the 9th Art for more than 25 years on 4.200 m² of museum floors.

It exhibits the works of some of the greatest Belgian masters of the art, from Hergé (the author of TinTin), Peyo (the Smurfs) Franquin (Spirou, Gaston, Marsoupilami) Willy Vandersteen (Bob et Bobette)  Marc Sleen (The Adventures of Nero)  Bob de Moor and Morris (Lucky Luke).



©Photo Plaizier

Stamp:

Comics - Lucky Luke
(Issued 13-04-2015)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

PORTUGAL ~ Pena National Palace - Sintra - UNESCO ~

... Amazing and magical view of a colorful fairytale looking castle built on the highest hills of Sintra (it inspired Walt Disney to create his own fairytale castle) ... with spectacular views all round... it's considered to be one of the most romantic castles in the world... one of the official Seven Wonders of Portugal... the Palace is set within a 200 acres forested park with exotic trees and plants, a fern valley and a lake with swans... Thanks so much dear Josep&Assumpta (and thank your son tooヅ)... I'm glad it arrived safely after its long journey!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Pena National Place was built by built by  King Ferdinand II around an old monastery dating from the 16C. Construction of the new palace started in 1840 and the king would spend his whole life realizing his dream castle. It was finally completed in 1885, the year he died at the age of 69.

The palace exhibits a blend of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Islamic, Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Manueline architectural styles and was designed by architect Ludwig von Eschwege.

It was purchased by Portuguese State in 1889, and after the Republican Revolution in 1910, the complex was declared as a national monument and was turned into a museum. Towards end of twentieth century the palace was renovated and repainted to restore its original structure and colors.

In 1995, the palace and the rest of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra were classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Stamp:

Traditional Desserts of Portugal
(Issued 12-05-2017)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Japan ~ Nikko National Park - UNESCO ~

...Beautiful waterfalls framed by autumn colors... Nikko is especially worth visiting in the autumn when the leaves change from green to deep reds and oranges.... the popularity of colorful foliage attract thousands of hikers and nature lovers... Ryuzu Waterfall is one of the first spots in Nikko to see autumn colors.... it's at it best early October... Autumn is also my favorite season of the year♥... Thanks a lot Tomoko!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ
"Ryuzu Falls, Nikko National Park"

Nikko National Park is a 443.06 square mile park located on Japan's Honshu Island and was established in 1934. Within the park are many historical Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Nikko  is the third largest city by area in Japan. With only a population of about 90,000 people, most of it is in the national park.

The Ryuzu waterfall at Yugawa river pours into Chuzenji Lake, going on for about 210 meters before falling into a plunge basin where it splits into two. The waterfall is named “Ryuzu" (dragon’s head) because the falling water resembles a dragon.

“Shrines and Temples of Nikko” were registered as a UNESCO WHS in  1999. This site recognizes the 103 buildings and structures all over Nikko and their surrounding natural setting.


Stamps:

Japanese Folktales
(Issued 20-11-1973)

Modern Japanese Art
(Issued 22-02-1980)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

GUAM

... First great postcard coming from this tiny Pacific island... because of its geographic location and being the westernmost US territory, it has adopted the slogan "Where America’s Day Begins".. the island’s main industry is tourism... it is very popular with Japanese and Korean tourists but still a hidden gem to the rest of the world... with some spectacular beaches...

... An island of which I never heard of... but sadly enough due to the latest nuclear tension between the US and North Korea this island could be caught in the middle of this conflict and became world news ب_ب... Thanks a lot Shang-Hong!!【ツ】
Photo: Robert Kulesh

Guam with capital Hagatna is located in the western Pacific Ocean.  It is the southernmost and largest island in the Mariana island chain and is also the largest island in Micronesia. The indigenous people of Guam are the Chamorros.

The island is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States. Guam is listed as one of seventeen Non-Self-Governing Territories by the Special Committee on Decolonization of the United Nations. The US Defense Department owns nearly a third of Guam. It is home to a number of military installations and at least 6,000 servicemen and women.

It is a volcanic island ringed by sandy beaches and steep coastal cliffs. Mountains are mostly located on the southern end, with the northern region of the island sloping into low hills. Deep water channels and a coral table reef are located along much of the coast. The highest point is Mount Lamlam at 1,338 ft. (408 m).

Stamp:

USA stamps are used on Guam.
Forever stamp - the echeveria.
(Issued 28-04-2017)

Friday, September 29, 2017

SLOVAKIA ~ Demänovská Ice Cave - Low Tatras National Park ~

... Great new National Park... stunning view of an underground natural wonder...one of Europe's oldest known caves and the second largest of its kind in the country... its ice filling is about 400-500 years old... the lower part is called the "Freezer" with beautiful icicles and ice waterfalls... Slovakia is full of caves and this ice cave is one of 44 cave systems in this small eastern European country... Big Thanks once more Laco!!【ツ】
Photo: Ing. M. Rengevic

The Demänovská Ice Cave is located in the northern part of the Low Tatras in the Demänovská Valley and was first mentioned in 1299. After the opening of Demänovská jaskyňa Slobody in 1924, interest in this cave declined. It was reopened to the public after the reconstruction of wooden stairs and electrical lighting in 1952, with 680m accessible out of the 1.975m.

In the cave is a long-known find of bones of various animals, including cave bear, which were once considered as dragon bones - that's why the second name of Demanovska ice cave was the Dragon's cave. Ten species of bats live in this cave.

Low Tatras National Park in Central Slovakia is with its area of 728km²  the largest national park in Slovakia and was established in 1978. It is home to some of the most beautiful caves in the country (Demänovská Ice Cave and Demänovská Cave of Liberty).

Stamps:
Cultural Heritage
(Issued 02-01-2009)

Europa stamp - Astronomy
(Issued 28-05-2009)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

SWITZERLAND ~ United Nations - Geneve ~

... Beautiful night view of the office of the United Nations in Geneva... the European headquarters of the UN... 115.000 visitors take the tour of the Palais des Nations each year... this office specifically deals with humanitarian efforts and human rights issues... with all what's happening in the world lately, not an easy task ☹... Thanks a lot Rosmarie!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Only the United Nations is permitted to issue postage stamps, even though it is an organization and not a country or a territory. The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) is the only postal authority that issues stamps in three different currencies: U.S. dollars, Swiss francs and euros. The stamps may be used for postage when used on mail sent from the United Nations offices in New York, Geneva or Vienna. Stamps in Swiss franc denominations are valid for postage only if mailed at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
Photo: World of Stock

The UN headquarter United Nations Office in Geneva,  also known as the Palais des Nations and is located at the Ariana Park.

The United Nations Office at Geneva is the second largest United Nations centre after the Headquarters in New York. It is located in the Palais des Nations building constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938 at Geneva in Switzerland, and expanded in the early 1950s and late 1960s.

Officially, the Palace of Nations has been the UN’s headquarters since 1946, shortly after WWII.  But Switzerland only joined the UN in 2002.

Stamps:

World Heritage - Czech Republic
(Issued 08-09-2016)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

AUSTRALIA ~ Humpback Whales -

... .Spectacular sights of the "gentle giants of the ocean" and wonderful new whale card for my collection... the biggest animal on Earth... they are true “acrobats of the sea” with jumps out of the water (known as breaching) and tail and flipper slaps... to see one of the most majestic and extraordinary animals in the wild must be an unforgettable experienceヅ... whale and dolphin watching has become a popular Eco-tourism activity worldwide in recent years... Thanks a million Sioux!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: © Philip Rowley

"Humpback Whales playing on annual migration path past Gold Coast, North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island & Hervey Bay ."

The Gold Coast welcomes the first pods of whales into Queensland waters and is the best place to watch them with their new calves at the end of the season as they make the way back to Antarctica.

The most characteristic features of the humpback whale are its enormous flippers, which stretch to almost one third of the animal's body length. The humpback is one of the most acrobatic of the great whales and has been observed leaping from the water in nearly 40 consecutive bursts of "joy".Scientists have also recorded patterns of humpback vocalizations which they have likened to birdsong.

The humpback whale exposes its tail flukes in terminal dives. The tail of each humpback whale is visibly unique.

Stamp:

Australian Animals - Monotremes
(Issued 26-09-2016)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Sãmaneras - Gadaladeniya Temple ~

... Lovely postcard nr2 is showing young novice monks... wearing the reddish or ochre robe of a sāmaṇera (Pali word for "novice")... they are boys who wish to experience the monastic life style, but who still didn't reach the required age for integrating the saṃgha (at least 20 years old, from the moment of conception)... with nice monk stamp...Thanks again dear Ravindra!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Gadaladeniya Temple  is a Buddhist monastery built  on a rocky outcrop  in Diggala in the district of Kandy. According to an inscription carved into the walls the temple was built in 1344 AD by King Buwanekabaghu the fourth.

 A sāmaṇera (Pali) is a novice male monastic in a Buddhist context. A novice is therefore a person training into renunciation, living along with the saṃgha  and shaves off his head.

The code of discipline that he is liable to observe is far less elaborated than the one observed by monks, as for most of it, it is confined within 10 precepts. As only a sāmaṇera can integrate the saṃgha, anybody wishing to become a monk (bhikkhu) must necessarily and in a preliminary stage take the precepts of sāmaṇera.



© Photo: Vijitha&Lalana Yapa
Stamps:

United Nations Day of Vesak
(Issued 12-05-2017)2017

Boosse Dhammarakkhitha Mahanayaka Thero
(Issued 03-08-2017)

SRI LANKA ~ Aghapantus Africanus Flower ~

... Lovely new postcard from the "Flowers of Sri Lanka" series... also called "the flower of love"  because the name comes from the Greek agape which means love and anthos which means flower... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!【ツ】
The plant was introduced to Sri Lanka as a ornamental plant and can be found in public parks and home gardens throughout the Hill country. Also, grow as a container plant and use as a cut flower.

Agapanthus africanus is a flowering plant native to the area of Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and naturalized some eastern countries in the world.

The genus, Agapanthus includes about 10 species. Agapanthus flowers bloom in large, round clusters or umbels of blue, white or violet-blue.


Stamps:

United Nations Day of Vesak
(Issued 12-05-2017)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Italy ~ Majella National Park - Abruzzo ~

... Great Abruzzo region National Park nr2... a green lung in the heart of Italy, near to Rome... known for its dramatic mountain scenery... imposing canyons... diverse landscapes and untouched nature... there are  about 500 km of hiking trails through the mountains and more than 100 caves... Thank so much dear Gian Luca & Raffaella!!(✿ ♥‿♥)
The Rava del Ferro ("rava" is a local place where steep rocky canals are indicated).

Majella National Park was established in 1991 and it extends over an area of ​​about 74.000ha in the region Abruzzo. It is centered on the Majella massif, whose highest peak is Monte Amaro (2,793 m). This mountain is considered by the Abruzzi as the mother mountain, the most inaccessible and wildest area of ​​the Central Apennine.

The most representative animal of the Majella territories is the Apennine wolf which is also present in the park's logo and it relies on a population of 70 estimated wolves distributed in eleven packs across the main mountain ranges of the protected area.

Stamp:

Music Day
(24-10-2009)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

SERBIA ~Saint Nicholas Cathedral - Sremski Karlovci ~

...Pretty panoramic view....a lovely Baroque church on the main square... this very old Eastern Orthodox Church has played a significant role in Serbian history... definitely worth a visit... Thanks Raffi!!ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Sremski Karlovci is located in northern Serbia, on the gentle slopes of the Fruška gora mountain and the banks of the Danube river. This small town was the  Serbian religious center in 18th century.

The Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas was started in 1758 and completed in 1762 and dedicated to St. Nicolas. This single-nave church is one of the most beautiful examples of the 18thC architecture in Vojvodina.

Its iconostasis is regarded as the masterpiece of the Serbian baroque painting. The coffin containing the holy relics of the second Serbian archbishop, St. Arsenije Sremac, is located in front of the iconostasis. The church got its present appearance after the reconstruction carried out in 1909 and 1910.

Stamps:

2X Mileva Maric Einstein, 1875-1948
(Issued 01-04-2014)

Scientists
(Issued 03-03-2016)

Rrince Miloš Obrenović I, 1780-1860
(Issued 01-10-2015)

Friday, September 22, 2017

CANADA ~ Fulford Village - Salt Spring Island - B.C. ~

... Canadian beauty nr2... a pretty autumn scenery... the islands oldest tiny but picturesque church... a beautiful landmark that is visible from the ferry when arriving at Fulford Harbor... the most photographed church on Salt Spring Island... I really love the reflection in the water...  with great choice of stamps (as alwaysツ) Thanks a lot Glenn!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
St. Paul's church was founded in 1878 by Father Donckele, the first Roman Catholic missionary to the Gulf islands. Erected between 1880 and 1885 by members of the community, the windows, door and bell were acquired from father Rondeault’s “Butter Church” in Cowichan Bay. The materials were brought in Indian canoes from Cowichan Bay to Burgoyne Bay, then by ox-drawn stoneboat to this site. The church was formally dedicated on May 10, 1885, by Bishop J. B. Brondel. Coloured stonework was added about 1973.

Fulford Village is located at the southern end of the island and was named after Captain John Fulford of the HMS Ganges, and served between 1858 and 1860.

It is home to the native artefact's museum (which is housed in a log building).



Stamps:

Star Trek
(Issued 27-04-2017)

Canadian Country Artists 31. July
(Issued 31-07-2014)

Black History - Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
(Issued 30-01-2015)