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)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

GERMANY ~ The Autostadt - Wolfsburg ~

... Great aerial view showing the Autostadt and VW factory in front... on the other side of the canal the outlet, the Phaeno science centre and train station... the major tourist destination... a must for car lovers... with nice matching stamp and special postmark... Big Thanks Dustin!!【ツ】➞ My postcard and stamp week
Photo: Jochen Knobloch

Wolfsburg is a city in the German state of Lower Saxony most known for hosting the headquarters of Volkswagen Group. While the castle that gave the city its name is as old as 1302, the city has been essentially created only in the 20th century around the original Volkswagen factory.

Located next to the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, the Autostadt Wolfsburg not only shows off classic cars but also has a tour that enables you to see exactly how the cars are produced today.

Stamp:

Classical Cars - VW Golf I
(Issued 13-04-2017) w

GERMANY ~ Rammelsberg - Goslar - UNESCO ~

... First of two nice cards from postcard friend Dustin♥... both with great matching stamps and special postmarks... they are the only mines in the world which were in uninterrupted operation for over 1000 years... the complex has been kept as it was in 1988 when the mine closed...today the mines make up a huge museum complex, where you can take a guided tour underground... a great place to visit for those interested in industrial heritage... Thanks a lot Dustin!! (✿◠‿◠)

Goslar is a small historic town in Lower Saxony, at the foot of the Harz Mountains. The main attraction of Goslar is the mine in Rammelsberg.

Development of Rammelsberg mines began in 968, although recent archaeological finds suggest that mining was carried out here in the IV-III centuries BC. Initially, the main producing metal was silver, then copper and later lead.

Since 1992, Goslar's mine and old town are on to the UNESCO WHS list.

Stamp:

UNESCO World Heritage
(Issued 13-04-2017)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

USA ~ Congaree National Park ~

... Great US National Park nr 14シ...  it's South Carolina’s only national park and probably one of the least visited ones... Congaree National Park has one of the rarest environments in the US... spectacular scenery...  you can hiking the boardwalk trail and kayaking the Cedar Creek Trail... and with a postmark from the Park itself what makes it even more special... Big Thanks Andrene for once more a fantastic new NP!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: QT Luong/terragaleria.com

From backside postcard:
Congaree National Park protects an ancient fores of champion-size trees, primeval floodplain landscapes, and an incredible diversity of plant and animal life. The park includes the largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest in southeastern US and one of the tallest temperate deciduous forests in the world. It is also designated as an International Biosphere Reserve, Wilderness Area, National Natural Landmark and Globally important Bird Area.

Formerly known as Congaree Swamp National Monument, Congaree ( 27.000 acres) became a national park in 2003.


Stamp:

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

IRAQ ~ Ziggurat of Ur - Nasiriyah ~

Fantastic new place off my "missing" country list... Iraq, the land between the two rivers, has a rich inheritance of fascinating ancient archaeological sites... this is one of the largest and best-preserved ziggurats of Mesopotamia...  most intriguing and famous monument... Thanks so much Hasanain!!【ツ】

The Ziggurat  of Ur is a Neo-Sumerian ziggurat in what was the city of Ur near Nasiriyah, in present-day Dhi Qar Province.

The ziggurat was part of a temple complex that served as an administrative center for the city, and it was also thought to be the place on earth where the moon god Nanna, the patron deity of Ur, had chosen to dwell.  First built during the 21st century BCE, the rather unstable first version collapsed some 15 centuries later. The present-day site dates from the rule of King Nabonidus, and was found in an archaeological search in the beginning of the 20th C.

Iraq is a country in Western Asia, bordered by Turkey Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria. The capital, and largest city, is Baghdad.

Stamp:

Land of Prophets
(Issued 09-02-2015)

Monday, April 24, 2017

USA ~ Fort Sumter National Monument ~

... Great and interesting card nr2 from Charleston... it played an important part in American history... the place where America’s deadliest war began with more than 700.000 casualties.... visitors are transported back in time and are able to explore and learn about the well-preserved fort ruins and the Civil War itself... Thanks so much dear Andrene!! ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁ (PS I hope not to many postcards are lost ☹...they are all always such a nice surprise in my mailbox♥...I post all my received ones within a couple of days!)
Photos:© Byran Riggs and Joe MCLemore

From backside postcard:
Fort Sumter was the scene of the opening battle of the Civil War on April 12, 1861 After a 34 hours siege the Fort, commanded by Major Robert Anderson and his Union Troops, surrendered. The Fort was then occupied by the Confederates and remained in their hands until shortly before the end of the war on February 17, 1865.

The Fort was named after the Revolutionary War General Thomas Sumter, it was one of several defensive sites located along the eastern coast of the US. Construction began in 1829 and continued for over thirty years until it was finally completed in 1861. Fort Sumter was built on a sand bar located at the entrance to the harbor in the Charleston. Several thousand tons of granite were used to create a five-sided 170 feet by 190 feet long structure made with walls that were five feet thick, it was an impressive fortress and an effective first line of defense against attacking forces in the region.

Stamp:

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

RUSSIA ~ Shaman Rock on Olkhon Island - Lake Baikal - Pribaikalsky National Park - UNESCO ~

♥✿♥Wishing you all a Happy Earth Day!♥✿♥
... The perfect postcard to celebrate this special day... awesome nature beauty... Lake Baikal is one of the main wonders in Russia....the oldest, most beautiful, purest and deepest freshwater lake in the world... with a surface area bigger than Belgium, it contains nearly one quarter of all the world's freshwater, which is more than the five American Great Lakes combined... it's on the Olkhon Island, the heart of Lake Baikal... Thanks a lot Irina!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Photo:Ⓒ Andrei Grachow

Lake Baikal, located in south-east Siberia is the world's oldest lake, estimated to be approximately 25 million years old.  It was formed as a rift valley (earth's crust slowly pulls apart) and is crescent shaped. Lake Baikal is 79 km wide and 636 km in length. The coastline is roughly 2100 kms.

Olkhon is the fourth-largest lake-bound island in the world. It is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal.

"Shaman-rock" is above water projection of Angarsk threshold. This rock is a subject of many popular legends and myths about Baikal Lake and Angara river, besides it is one of the main symbols of Baikal Lake.

Pribaikalsky National Park covers the southwest coast of Lake Baikal in southeastern Siberia. The coastal strip includes some mountain ridges to the west as well as offshore islands such as Olkhon Island to the east.

The lake was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Stamps:

Definitive Issues
(Issued 29-08-2008)

ContamparyRussian Art
(Issued 29-11-2016)

Friday, April 21, 2017

USA ~ Charleston - Rainbow Row ~

... Lovely picturesque street view... a row of colorful historic homes... one of the major tourist attraction and the most photographed area of historic Charleston... they are also the most exclusive, most expensive Charleston SC historic properties...Thanks a lot Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Rainbow Row dates back to about 1740 and it used to be situated in the waterfront district of the city back in the 18thC.  It is the name for a series of thirteen colorful historic houses in Charleston, South Carolina. Rainbow Row represents the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the US. The name Rainbow Row was coined after the pastel colors they were painted as they were restored in the 1930s and 1940s.

Common myths concerning Charleston include variants on the reasons for the paint colors. According to some tales, the houses were painted in the various colors such that the intoxicated sailors coming in from port could remember which houses they were to bunk in. In other versions, the colors of the buildings date from their use as stores; the colors were used so that owners could tell illiterate slaves which building to go to for shopping.

Stamp:

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

CANADA ~Nunavut-Igaluit-Toonik Tyme Festival ~

... Great winter scenes postcard stamped at Canada's Most Northern Post Office "Eureka"...  postal services have existed at the base since it was established in 1947... it consists of an airport, a weather station and research laboratory and is permanently staffed on a rotating basis by scientists and military personnel... Eureka is the second northern most research station in the world and the coldest settlement in Canada... Nunavut is one of the largest unspoiled natural paradises on earth.... Thanks a lot Trupti!!【ツ】

From backside postcard:
"Held in late April every year, Toonik Tyme is Iqaluit's festival which celebrates the end of the long Arctic winter. The numerous events reflect both the traditional and modern Arctic., including dog team races, igloo building contests and golf on the sea."

Nunavut is the largest and newest territory of Canada predominantly inhabited by Inuit. Nunavut compresses a major portion of Northern Canada and most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, making it the fifth-largest country subdivision in the world with capital Iqualuit.

The people of the Canadian Arctic are known as the Inuit. They used to be called Eskimos, which came from a Native American word for 'eater of raw meat'. Now the Arctic people are officially known as the Inuit, which means 'the people', or singularly, Inuk, which means 'the person'.

Stamps:

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SWITZERLAND ~ Lucerne - Mount Pilatus ~

... Breathtaking scenery... view from Mount Pilatus over lake Lucerne...  one of the topmost tourist places in the country... famously known as the Dragon Mountain, as ancient legends often described this as a home for mythical dragons... Thanks a lot Barry!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿...  It's always a very nice surprise to meet new people who tell me that they regularly visit my blog... like it and think of me while traveling! ♥
Photo:Ⓒ Robert Bösch

Lucerne is a city in central Switzerland, in the German-speaking part of the country on the shores of Lake Lucerne (German: Vierwaldstättersee).

Pilatus (also often referred to Mount Pilatus) is a mountain massif  overlooking Lucerne. It is composed of several peaks, of which the highest (2,128 m (6,982 ft)) is named Tomlishorn.

Legend has it that this 2132m peak was named after Pontius Pilate, whose corpse was thrown into a lake on its summit and whose restless ghost has haunted its heights ever since. But it’s more likely that the name comes from the Latin word pileatus, meaning cloud covered – as the mountain frequently is.
Stamp:

Definitives - Swiss Railway Stations
(Issued 08-09-2016)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

GHANA ~ Kakum National Park ~

... Fantastic African National Park to add to my collection♥...  when visiting Cape Coast, one of the major tourist attractions is Kakum National Park and doing the Canopy Walkway... a truly unforgettable experience... this is one of only two canopy walkways in all of Africa... this walkway connects at 40m height seven tree tops with a bridge that is 350 meters long made from cables, ropes and aluminum ladders... the uniqueness of this park lies in the fact that it was established at the initiative of the local people and not by the State Department of wildlife who are responsible for wildlife preservation in Ghana... Thanks a million Evgenia!!【ツ】
Designed by Nanasei

Kakum National Park, located in the coastal environs of the Central Region of Ghana, covers an area of 375 square kilometres (145 sq mi). Established in 1931 as a reserve,  and was upgraded to national park status in 1992. The area is covered with tropical rainforest.

This protected rainforest is home to an assortment of wild residents, including forest elephants, giant hogs, flying squirrels, leopards and various species of monkey.


Stamps:

Fruits & Vegetables
(Issued 28-02-2012)

Monday, April 17, 2017

ISLE OF MAN ~ Castletown ~

... Pretty view of Castle Rushes from the harbour... Castle Rushen gives Castletown its name (Manx - Ballacashtel)... situated at the centre of Mann's historic capital... a well-preserved medieval fortress and one of the finest in the British Isles... originally built for a Viking king...  it was once the main place of government for the Island and also a prison... Thanks a lot James!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Castletown is a town lying at the south of the island, it was the Manx capital until 1869. Tracing its origins back to 1090, Castletown holds true as one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Its narrow streets and small fishing cottages prove this ancient past at every corner.

Fishing boats continue to fill the harbour, though Castletown saw the end of major commercial traffic to its port in the 1970's. The on going expansion of financial and industrial businesses in the area keep Castletown on the map as an important island town.

The Isle of Man is a self-governing Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann.

Stamp:

National Heritage
(Issued 03-08-2004)

Friday, April 14, 2017

CANADA ~ Dinosaur Provincial Park ~ UNESCO ~

... A bit strange view... stunning "badlands" landscape that looks like being of another planet... this park is fascinating and filled with much natural wonder and history... walking among the home of the giants that once lived here must be surreal... the fossil beds within the park are the richest in the world... Thanks a million Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥)   P.S stamped on the postcard: "mail sent with insufficient postage may be returned to sender in future"... (just want to let you know (~_^) )

Dinosaur Provincial Park  contains some of the most important fossil discoveries of more than 40 species of dinosaurs dating back to the late Cretaceous Period, 75 million years ago. Since digging began in the 1880s, more than 300 first-quality dinosaur skeletons have been pulled from the park, a 27-kilometre stretch along the Red Deer River, in the badlands of southeastern Alberta.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, northwest of the park, houses one of the largest collections of dinosaur bones and fossils.

Dinosaur Provincial Park became a UNESCO site in 1979.


Prepaid postcard
(Issued 21-08-2015)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

AUSTRALIA ~ Forbes - New South Wales ~

... Great typical rural view on many local farms... early morning  sunrise onto the Eucalypts or gum trees... the sight and smell of eucalypts are a defining part of Australian life... Thanks a lot Sioux!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁

Forbes is substantial rural settlement on the banks of the Lachlan River in the Parkes region of New South Wales.

This former gold mining town is situated 386 kilometres by road from Sydney. Numerous substantial Victorian-style buildings constructed in the wake of the gold rush remain in the town today.

The indigenous inhabitants of the Forbes area were the Wiradjuri Aboriginal people.

Stamp:

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

POLAND ~ Babia Góra National Park - UNESCO ~

...Breathtaking scenic view... standing on the edge of that cliff overlooking the mountains and waiting for the sunrise must be an awesome experience... a new and the smallest NP of Poland to add to my collection... this impressive massif was referred to in the 19thC as "Queen of the Beskids", but also "Mother of Foul Weather" and "Whimsical Girl", due to the extremely unpredictable weather at the top...Thanks a lot Alecja!【ツ】

Babia Góra National Park is one of the 23 national parks in Poland, located in the southern part of the country, in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, on the border with Slovakia.

This NP covers about 3,5 ha, mainly forests and alpine floor vegetation above the forests. Babia Góra (which is the main point of the Park) is the highest peak in Beskidy and one of biggest in whole Carpathian Mountains.

The animal life is represented by lynx, badger, marten, fox, weasel, deer, wild boar, wolf and, occasionally, brown bear. There are approximately 120 species of birds observed there. The old stands of trees near Mokry Staw (Wet Pond) are nesting grounds for the great eagle owl, buzzard and the tawny owl. The worlds of insects, amphibians and reptiles are also very rich.

Since 1976 it has been listed by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. The area of the biosphere reserve was extended in 2001.

Stamps:

Flowers and Fruits
(Issued 26-06-2015)

The 200th Anniversary of the University of Warsaw May
(Issued 13-05-2016)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MARTINIQUE ~The Martinique Pre-Colombian Archaeology and Prehistory Museum in Fort-de-France ~

... Just a week ago I mentioned when I got this great Caribbean map card that I still missed a few of the islands showing there... and look today I already got one of them... a wonderful surprise o͜͡o... my first card ever from this island...  a little bit of France in the Caribbean and an very popular cruise destination... the postcard shows a beautiful 19thC building formerly used as a military supplies office and  now a listed Historic Monument... as being a French overseas region, Martinique uses French stamps... Thanks a lot Rod!! ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

 Located in the French Antilles between Dominica and St. Lucia, this  volcanic island is marked by a range of rain-forest covered mountains. Its capital and main urban area is Fort-de-France.

Since 1971, the Martinique Museum of Pre-Colombian Archeology and Prehistory has been housed in this building. The museum brings together a rich collection which traces the prehistory of Martinique, a period of over 4000 years long before the European colonization.

Its collections include some 2,000 artifacts encompassing ceramics, stone and shell items, bones and some jewellery. These pieces were discovered in a series of digs variously located around the entire island during the 19th and 20th centuries.


Photo: J. Poincourt



Stamp:

The French Red Cross
(Issued 30-04-2016)

Monday, April 10, 2017

BULGARIA ~ Rhodope Mountains ~

... Lovely Spring view...  known as the homeland of the mythical singer and poet Orpheus who according to the legend was born and lived here.... called  the "green heart of Europe" for their vast pinewoods, probably the largest in the Balkans...  the best place in Bulgaria for walking vacations... Thanks a lot Mariyana!!【ツ】

The Rhodopes are a mountain range in Southeastern Europe, with over 83% of its area in southern Bulgaria and the remainder in Greece. Its highest peak, Golyam Perelik (2,191 meters (7,188 ft)), is the seventh highest Bulgarian mountain.



Stamps:
Flora - Mountain Flowers
(Issued 06-11-2015)

 Moths
(Issued 15-01-2004)

Flora - Mushrooms
(Issued 10-02-2014)

Friday, April 7, 2017

THAILAND ~ Surin Elephant Village ~

... Tranquil and peaceful view of the gentle jungle giants...one of the most magnificent creatures on this earth... Friends of the Asian Elephant  helps to rehabilitate and care for elephants that were once used in entertainment venues and for elephant rides throughout Thailand, often relocating them to Surin province where they can live in more natural surroundings...   if you love elephants ♥... Don't Ever Ride Them!!
Thanks a lot Jobbo and done (>‿◠)✌!!
Photo: Ⓒ Roengrit Kongmuang

Located in the far northwestern corner of Surin province, the tiny village of Baan Ta Klang was historically home to a small ethnic group known as the Kui, who were employed by Ayutthaya kings thanks to their skills at capturing and taming wild elephants.

In 2006, a project was launched in Surin to encourage mahouts roaming around Thailand to bring their elephants back home to Surin where they would be given assistance at the Study Center. It is claimed that already they are the biggest elephant village in the world.


Stamps:

The Indian Elephant
(Issued 05-11-1991)

National Stamp ExhibitionTraditional Houses
(Issued 02-08-1997)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

UK ~ Midsomer Country ~

... I've been to Midsomer country many times...  on TV ツ...  I'm a big fan of "The Midsomer Murders" series for years... the place where numerous murders occur in strangely creative ways and solved by Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby... lots of those beautiful locations are showing on this postcard... you can explore them by following self-guide trails, or by taking a chauffeur driven guided tour....  drinking a beer in Barnaby’s favourite pubs... see the shops he went to...  the churches he visited and the bridges he crossed.... for sure on my wishlist♥... Thanks a lot Lita for this special postcard!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
"Wallingford and local areas seen in Midsomer Murders"

Wallingford is an ancient market town on the west bank of the River Thames downstream of Oxford and lies at the foot of the Chilterns.

Fans of popular TV series Midsomer Murders will recognise Wallingford as Causton, home to main character Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby.

Stamps:

Queen Elisabeth II

Landscape Gardens
(16-08-2016)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The CARIBBEAN ~ Map ~

... A fantastic postcard showing all the Caribbean Islands... a slice of Paradise... there are thousands of islands which make up this stunning part of the world... and every single one of them has their own unique traditions and cultures.... I'm still missing a few of them... maybe someone going on a cruise there (>‿♥)... with great stamps and postmarks... Thanks a lot Humba!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
© JOANN'S
On postcard: "The Caribbean Islands are also known as the "West Indies". When Columbus set out to reach Asia (the Indies) by sailing west, he thought that he'd found the East Indies when he stumbled upon some islands. These islands were called the "Indies" and Columbus called their inhabitants "Indians". When his mistake was discovered, the Indies were renamed the West Indies to differentiate them from the real East Indies."

The islands of the Caribbean Sea or West Indies are an extensive archipelago in the far west of the Atlantic Ocean, mostly strung between North and South America.

Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Cayman Islands, often grouped as Greater Antilles, are by far the largest countries in the area and the most visited by travellers.  In the north is the Lucayan Archipelago, which includes The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Caribbean also includes the Lesser Antilles, a group of much smaller islands to the east.

Stamps:
2X Fauna - Marine Life
(Issued 03-02012)

The 10th Anniversary of Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems
(Issued 09-07-2014)

Monday, April 3, 2017

CANADA ~ Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump - UNESCO ~

... So beautiful designed postcard... I really like it a lot♥... this site is one of the world's largest, oldest, and best-preserved buffalo jumps in the world... a place rich in Native American culture and has powerful spiritual ties to its people... the name of the site come from a Blackfoot legend, whereby a young Blackfoot wanted to watch the bison plunge off the cliff from below, but was buried underneath the falling bison... he was later found dead under the pile of carcasses, where he had his head smashed in... today, layers of bison bones buried at the cliff’s base are representative of this ancient custom in some places 11 metres deep... with great "Post and Go" stamps...Thanks a lot Glenn!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿ ➜Gem's World Postcards

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is located in Alberta, Canada -- where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains begin to rise from the prairie, 18 km northwest of Fort Macleod.

The Jump bears witness to a method of hunting practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years.  The Blackfoot Native Indians used the cliffs located here for killing the Buffalo they depended on for their survival. This was done by herding and stampeding Buffalo over the cliffs, hence the name "Head Smashed In".

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump became UNESCO WHS in 1981.

Stamps:

Canadian Art
(Issued 31-10-2016)


Friday, March 31, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Queen's Tower-Delft National Park ~

... And here great postcard nr7... a strange looking square chimney-like tower... a remnant of the bygone colonial era when the island was an important outpost for the Portuguese and Dutch... dating back to the 16th century... Big Thanks once more Ravindra!!(✿ ♥‿♥)

Delft island is situated in the Palk Strait, northern Sri Lanka.  It is the biggest of the seven inhabitable islands. This 8km long and 6km wide island is basically flat and surrounded by shallow waters and sandy beaches.

The Queen's Tower is a tower built by Dutch during their rule in Sri Lanka. It was used as a navigation point by the Dutch and British.

Delft became a national park on 22 June 2015 with an area of 1,846 ha.

Stamp:

Queen's Tower - Delft Island
 (Issued 02-12-2016)

SRI LANKA ~ Senanayaka Samudraya - Gal Oya National Park ~

... Postcard nr6 from the wonderful serie "Unseen Sri Lanka" and a new National Park... a stunning peaceful view of the largest man-made reservoir in Sri Lanka providing water, habitat and livelihood for man, birds and beast... Gal Oya National Park is most famous for swimming elephants and it is the only national park offering you the great experience of a Boat Safari in Sri Lanka... Thanks so much Ravindra!! \_(♥‿♥)_/

Gal Oya National Park in Sri Lanka was established in 1954 and serves as the main catchment area for Senanayake Samudraya, the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka. Senanayake Samudraya was built under the Gal Oya development project by damming the Gal Oya at Inginiyagala in 1950. This giant reservoir is bordered by the rising mountains of Inginiyagala.

This reservoir that irrigates the dry lands of the east of Sri Lanka, remains a glorious testament to the most ambitious irrigation development project undertaken immediately after the Independence.

Stamp:

Senanayaka Samudraya - Inginiyagala
(Issued 02-12-2016)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

SRI LANKA ~ Osbeckia Parvifolia Flower ~

... Pretty pink flower postcard ✿✿✿... first of three more great cards coming from "The Pearl of the Indian Ocean♥"... with also the backside full of lovely stamps... Thaaaaaanks Ravindra!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

An indigenous herb common in grasslands, open areas, among rocks and along roads in montane zone. Flowering throughout the year...Herb that grows in highlands of Sri lanka and South India. Can be seen in open places such as grasslands.
Stamps:

Thai Pongal - Farmer's Festival
(Issued  12-01-2014)

Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU) Executive Council Meeting
(Issued 15-09-2014)

2X Flowers of Sri Lanka
(Issued 07-10-2016)

Christmas 4. December
(Isssued 04-12-2016)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

THAILAND ~ Giant Guardians - Bangkok ~

... Beautiful postcard with statues of curious monster-like creatures... there are twelve giants (Yaksha) guarding in pairs the entrances to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)... each giant is unique and has its own name... the Yaksha represents Thai culture in the hearts of Thai people... with matchingシ and more great stamps... Thanks a lot Jobbo!!【ツ】
Photo: Jatupon Rutnin
Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple  in Thailand.

The entrance is guarded by a pair of yakshis (mythical giants – 5 metres (16 ft) high statues). In Thailand, a yak is a giant demon (ogre, colossus or monster) from the Ramakian (the Thai version of the Hindu Ramayana epic mythology) and the entire compound wall of the complex is painted with Thai murals depicting scenes from this epic story of Ramayana.

Since the 14th century Yakshis have been placed outside temple doors to guard against evil forces entering into the temple or temple grounds. They are depicted with a characteristic face, having big round bulging eyes and protruding fangs. They are dressed in full body armor wearing a dragon helmet, with both hands upon a large spiraled club.
Stamps:



Demon Statues
(Issued 13-06-2001)

Red Cross 2003
(Issued 28-03-2003)

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Prince Wan Waithayakon, 1891-1976
(Issued 25-08-1992)

National Stamp Exhibition - Mailboxes
(Issued 04-08-1998)