Wednesday, May 4, 2016

USA ~ Crater National Park - Wizard Island - Oregon ~

...More of Earth's natural beauty ♥... great new National Park to ad to my collection...snow-trimmed Crater Lake reflects Wizard Island with the most amazing shades of blue....Thanks Beckie!!

Crater Lake National Park is  located in southern Oregon. Established in 1902, this National Park is the fifth oldest national park in the US and the only national park in Oregon. The park includes the caldera of Crater Lake, a remnant of a destroyed volcano, Mount Mazama, and the surrounding hills and forests. The crater lake is 1943 feet deep about 592 meters, it is the deepest point which makes it is the deepest lake in the USA and 7th deepest lake in the world.

Wizard Island is the well-known cinder cone that rises out of the waters on the west side of Crater Lake. It was formed long after the original eruption of the former Mount Mazama.

If the volcano has been dormant for a long time, the water can be extremely clear because no river or streams flow into with sediment deposits.

Stamps:

Botanical Art
(Issued 29-01-2016)

Monday, May 2, 2016

CANADA ~Hello from Ontario's Wildlife ~

...a great variety of wildlife...must be a fantastic place for animal and nature lovers... big Thanks Andron for this lovely surprise in my mailbox!(✿◠‿◠)
Photos: ©Travelpic
Ontario is one of the ten provinces of Canada. It  is bordered by the province of Manitoba to the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay to the north, Quebec to the east, and to the south by the US states.  It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the most populous city, Toronto.

Ontario's varied climate and geography support habitat for more than 3,600 species of plants, 154 species of fish, 50 species of amphibians and reptiles, 483 species of birds, and more than 81 species of mammals.

Stamps:

Canadian Photography
(Issued 13-04-2016)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

SRI LANKA ~ National Flower - Lotus ~

...Lovely  postcard showing the National flower and most well-known symbol of Buddhism, the lotus...
✿Thanks a lot Ravindra!!✿
Photo: ©Vijitha & Lalana Yapa
The water lily was declared the national flower of Sri Lanka on 26 February 1986. It found all the part of Sri Lanka and grows in the shallow water. The flower is considered a symbol of truth, purity and discipline. It has connection with Buddha and uses as ceremonial flower in Sri Lanka throughout history.

Stamps:

Deepavali
(Issued 10-11-2015)
YovunPuraya
(Issued 02-04-2016)
D. B. Wijetunga Birth Centenary
(Issued 14-02-2016)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

ISLE OF MAN ~ TT Tourist Trophy - Mountain Course Map~

...Fantastic postcard for all motorcycling and bikers fans...a great map showing the legendary Mountain Course... one of the biggest motorcycling events in the world...including markers for all the famous points on the circuit... Big Thanks to my postcard friend James!!¯\_(ツ)_/¯


The International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race is a motorcycle sport event held annually on the Isle of Man in May or June of each year since the inaugural race in 1907.

This TT was for many years the most prestigious motor-cycle race in the world and also seen as the ultimate test for competitors and machines alike.

The official course distance for the Snaefell Mountain Course was amended in 1938 to 37.733 miles (60.73 km) which is the current course length. For the 1934 Isle of Man TT Races major alterations to the Mountain Course were carried out which included the removal of the East Snaefell Mountain sheep-gate.

Stamps:

National Heritage
(Issued 03-08-2004)

Monday, April 25, 2016

~ CHINA -Xinjiang Autonomous Region - Mount Bogda - UNESCO~

...Stunning sunset view on the all year round snow covered Bogda mountain...and therefore nicknamed “the sea of snow”...and my fourth UNESCO postcard in a row ㋡...Thanks a lot Nan!!
Photo by Song Shijing
Xinjiang, an autonomous region in northwest China, is a vast region of deserts and mountains,   bordering the countries of Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The ancient Silk Road trade route linking China and the Middle East passed through Xinjiang.

Bogda Peak is the highest mountain in the Bogda Shan range in the eastern Tian Shan Mountains, one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. It has been on the World Natural Heritage List since June 2013.

Stamp:

Dong Architecture
(Issued 02-06-1997)

??????

Thursday, April 21, 2016

SRI LANKA ~Gal Potha - Polonnaruwa - UNESCO~

...View of an impressive rock at this wonderful ancient site... Gal Potha which translates to ‘stone book’ which literally is a stone book...you will not find anything like this in a library!(◕‿-)  Thanks a lot Ravindra!!
From backside card:
Gal Potha was built by King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) to record his achievements. It is believed to be the heaviest book in the world and contains over 4300 characters in 72 lines. This massive slab is approximately 8,2m x 1,4 meters.

Beautiful carvings of two rows of geese (Hamsa) form the border of the side of the rock. Between this design at the center is a carved seated figure of Goddess Lakshmi holding two flowers and two elephants poring water on her from a container.The inscription has been of great assistance to the scholars since it also reveals the evolution of the Sinhala script.


Stamp:

 Kumana national Park
 (Issued 26-01-2016)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SPAIN ~Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí - UNESCO ~

...Many beautiful churches...all located  in a rural setting and  picturesque mountain scenery...with matching UNESCO stamp...Thanks a lot Josep & Assumpta for this nice unexpected surprise in my mailbox! ♥ (http://cartesipostalsdarreu.blogspot.be/)

The narrow Vall de Boí is situated in the high Pyrénées, in the Alta Ribagorça region and is surrounded by steep mountains. Each village in the valley contains a Romanesque church, and is surrounded by a pattern of enclosed fields. There are extensive seasonally-used grazing lands on the higher slopes.

The Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí are  dating back to the 11th an 12thC and are considered to be the purest examples of Catalan Lombard Romanesque art. Characteristic features of the churches are their finely worked stone and beautiful bell towers.  There are nine Early Romanesque churches, making it the site of the densest concentration of Romanesque architecture in Europe.

Stamps:

The 500th Anniversary of Juan Ponce de León's Arrival at the Florida Coast.
(Issued 03-01-2014)

UNESCO World Heritage
(Issued 30-11-2001)

Monday, April 18, 2016

THAILAND ~Bang Pa Summer Palace- Ayutthaya - UNESCO~

... a place of mixed Thai, Chinese and  European architecture in a beautiful setting, ...with matching stamp...Thanks once more Jobbo!!
Photo: Sukit tejavanija
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace also known as the Summer Palace, is a palace complex formerly used by the Thai kings. It lies in the Ayutthaya Province. Most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn.

Amidst vast gardens and landscaping stand the following buildings: Wehart Chamrunt, a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room; the Warophat Phiman , a royal residence; Ho Withun Thasana, a brightly painted lookout tower; and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art, a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond. Scattered around the extensive gardens are European statues as well as monuments ordered to be built by King Rama V in memory of members of his family, one of them a much-loved Queen who drowned in a boating accident.

Stamps:
International Stamp Exhibition "Bangkok 1983"
(Issued 25-02-1983)

The 100th Anniversary of H.M. Queen Rambhai Bharni of the Seventh Reign
(Issued 20-12-2004)

National Stamp Exhibition "Thaipex '85"
(Issued 04-08-1985)

Friday, April 15, 2016

MALAYSIA ~The island of Borneo - map ~

...Wonderful golden brown postcard showing Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimatan with also the Sabah island main tourist attractions...Sabah is often referred  as “The land below the wind” because it is located below the typhoon belt...Thanks a lot Erica!!

published by The Farmers' Brand Sdn Bhd.

Borneo (Sabah) is the third-largest island in the world and the largest island of Asia located in the extreme southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean. The island is divided among three countries: Brunei and Malaysia on the north, and Indonesia to the south.

Borneo is itself home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world and has the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu.

Stamp:

The Year of the Monkey - ‘Primates of Malaysia Series 2’
( Issued 22-01-2016)

Monday, April 11, 2016

MALAWI ~ Lake Malawi National Park - Cape Maclear -UNESCO~

...A great new African country to add to my collection...it is listed as the 'Happiest' country in Africa and also known as  "The Warm Heart of Africa"...with matching Lake Malawi stamp... Thanks a lot Emmanuel!!
Cape Maclear is a small fishing village on Lake Malawi. Cape Maclear and its islands, forests and bay were declared a national park in 1980, creating the Lake Malawi National Park, the first freshwater national park in the world. In 1984, the area became a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Malawi  is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia, Tanzania  and Mozambique. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi.  Its capital is Lilongwe, which is also Malawi's largest city.

Stamps:

Christmas
(Issued 25-12-2014)

2014 Lake Malawi
(Issued 25-04-2014)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

AUSTRIA ~Salzburg - Bad Gastein - Hohe Tauern National Park ~

...Plenty of pretty snowy views from friend Benny's ski vacation...with the same stamp used on both postcards...Bedankt!!


Bad Gastein  (1.083m) is a spa town in the Austrian state of Salzburg. Picturesquely situated in a high valley of the Hohe Tauern mountain range, it is known for the Gastein Waterfall and a variety of Belle Époque hotel buildings.

In the heart of the Austrian Alps, Hohe Tauern National Park provides endangered animal and plant species with a protected habitat of 1800 km² in area. This National Park is the largest in Austria and actually the second largest in Europe.

Stamp:

Definitives - Impressions from Austria
 (Issued 01-03-2015)

Monday, April 4, 2016

RUSSIA ~ The Struve Geodetic Arc - UNESCO ~

...Received my third country with  Geodetic Arc "Z Point" on Hogland Island...still 7 to go...Thanks a lot Oleg!
Photo © Nikolai Vorobyev
“The Struve Arc” (“Russian-Scandinavian Arc”) is a chain of old triangulation points extending for 2,820 km on the territory of ten European countries and representing a unique monument of science and technology. The points are marked by drilled holes, cross marks in stone, carved crosses or cairns.

Both Russian triangulation points are situated on the small Hogland Island in the Gulf of Finland – they are the “Maki-Paalys Point” and “Z Point”.

Stamps:

Definitive Issue. Kremlins
(Issued 01-10-2009)

Definitive Issues
(Issued 29-08-2008)

The 50th Anniversary of the Russian Society for Protection of Monuments of History and Culture
(Issued 14-10-2015)

Friday, April 1, 2016

SRI LANKA ~Kandyan Throne and Crown of King Vikrama Rajasinha ~

...Two great postcards showing items of the islands glorious past...on display in the National Museum of Colombo the largest museum in Sri Lanka...about 100,000 objects telling the story of ancient Sri Lanka and its cultural and natural heritage... Thanks a lot Ravindra!
The throne of King Vri Wickrama Rajasinha is gold plated and is studded with rubies, sapphires and other precious stones. The eyes of the lions on the hand rests are thought to be pink sapphires.



Stamp:

Christmas
(Issued 06-12-2015)
The Crown of Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, King of Kandy 1798.

 The Kingdom of Kandy was an independent state until it was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. Since then the Crown of the former King has been displayed as a historical object.

Stamps:

Birth centenary of the late WB Wijetunga, former President of Sri Lanka.
(Issued 14-02-2016)

130th Birth anniversary of Don Richard Wijewardena, founder of Lake House newspapers and Independence activist
(Issued 26-02-2016)

The 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with Thailand
(Issued 02-11-2015)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CANADA ~ Kluane National Park - UNESCO~

...Beautiful natural wonder...ice blue glaciers and mountains...most of it untouched and inaccessible wilderness that  you can only see by plane...from a set of 5 prepaid UNESCO cards...Thanks a lot Andron!!
p/s I did get your email asking for my address/send it to you/but got mail back saying  "your message could not be delivered".... I'm so glad you found it anyway. ㋡
Lara Minja, Lime Design

This postcard showcases the wonders of UNESCO World Heritage site Kluane/Wrangell-St.Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek Parks in Yukon, British Columbia and Alaska. The first trans-boundary site to be placed on the World Heritage List, this breathtaking landscape is home to most of the tallest peaks in North America and the largest ice field outside of the polar caps. Species which are rare or endangered elsewhere, such as the grizzly, wolf, wolverine, bald eagle, trumpeter swan and peregrine falcon, have stable populations in this area. These four parks form the largest internationally protected area in the world.


The picture of the image is taken above the Kluane Glacier, which is located between the Kaskawulsh Glacier and the Donjek Glacier. It is a view towards Mt. Weyprecht (3'255 m) and Mt. Vancouver 4'812 m.

Stamp:

World Heritage Sites in Canada III
(Issued 03-07-2015)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SINGAPORE ~Gardens by the Bay ~

...Stunning aerial night view....set in  the heart of the city... this horticultural attraction houses over 250.000 rare plants.... with one of the world’s tallest indoor waterfalls...Thanks a lot Jobbo!!
Photo: Albert Lam
Backside postcard:
Singapore's latest tourist attraction comprises of 3 waterfront gardens at the Marina Bay. Amidst the lush greenery, built on reclaimed land, are towering Supertrees, Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Marine Barrage. The Gardens showcase a great Forest diversity of flora and fauna from around the world.

Stamps:

National Day - Modern Art
(Issued 09-08-2009)

National Day - Festivals. (With Holographic Foil)
(Issued 20-10-2010)

Friday, March 25, 2016

MONACO

...Lovely religious themed postcard almost at the end of a devastating  Easter week in my country (⌣̩̩́_⌣̩̩̀)... Thanks a lot Salvatore!! But still for all my postcard friends who celebrate it:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~♥ ♥ VROLIJK PASEN ♥ HAPPY EASTER♥ ♥~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Stamp:

New Generation Circus Festival
(Issued 05-01-2016)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

GERMANY ~ National Park Harz ~

... A lot of wonderful views from animals and birds living in Harz National Park...a great new postcard for my national parks collection... with matching fauna and flora stamps and special First Day cancellation...Thanks a lot Dustin for this lovely surprise!!♡ (http://postcardsblogatdustin.blogspot.be/)
The Harz National Park is located within Germany's most northerly mountain range. Together with the surrounding Harz Mountains Nature Park and Geopark, it is one of the most popular areas for walking and skiing in northern Germany.

With sections in both Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony, the park offers a mix of ancient legends and rugged scenery. The National Park consists of  ± 24,700 ha.

Stamps:
3 stamps from the floral series

Baby Animals
(issued 01-03-2016)

Monday, March 21, 2016

MALAYSIA ~Silver Leaf Langur - Borneo ~

...More cute mother and baby monkey theme today ღ... unfortunately as so many animals also listed as Endangered due to disappearance of suitable lowland habitat (especially for oil palm plantations) and forest fires....with great matching Year of the Monkey stamp and special cancellation...Thanks a lot Erica!!


The  silvered leaf monkey or the silvery langur, is an Old World monkey. It is arboreal, living in coastal, mangrove, and riverine forests in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo.

Langur monkeys are also known as the ‘leaf monkeys’ in light of the fact that they feed mainly on leaves. They are also known for eating fruits, grass, and flowers.

 Langurs, which have black fur with silvered tips as adults, are born with bright orange fur.





Photo: S C Chee
published by The Farmers' Brand Sdn. Bhd.


Stamp:

The Year of the Monkey -  ‘Primates of Malaysia Series 2’
( Issued 22-01-2016)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

BELGIUM ~ Gravensteen - Ghent ~

......Back to blogging after a few days not feeling so well ☹...and I start with two postcards from my own country coming from my dear postcard friend Johan...Belgium issued a few new stamps in March...and thanks to Johan I got two of them with special cancellations and matching postcards...this one is an impressing looking aerial view of the Gravensteen castle rising above its fortified walls in the city centre and the other one with our Royal Family... Many Thanks Johan!! ♥‿♥(check his blog: here! )


The Gravensteen is a castle in Ghent originating from the Middle Ages. The Castle was built in the late 12th century by the count Philip of Alsace. The word Gravensteen is Dutch and stands for "Castle of the Counts", so the castle was the seat of the counts of Flanders until the 14th century. The Counts of Flanders abandoned it in the 14th century and moved to a new residence. The castle was then used as a court house and later as a prison. By the end of the 19th century it was about to be destroyed but the city of Ghent opposed these plans, bought and renovated it. Today it hosts a torture museum.

Gravensteen is one of the biggest examples of a castle with moat in Europe and is situated at an altirude of 9 meters.



Stamp:

Ghent Marketplaces and Floraries -Townhall.
(Issued: 14-03-2016)

From a sheet showing five market places in the city with stamp value inside Belgium.
(Issued: 14-03-2016)

BELGIUM ~The Royal Family ~

...card nr 2 showing members of our Royal Family greeting the people from the balcony of the Royal Palace in Brussels on  the country's national day...Thanks once more Johan for two great new special items!!
 
© Photo Belga/AFP, Thierry Charlier

King Albert II announced on 3 July 2013 that he would abdicate in favour of Philippe on 21 July 2013. Approximately one hour after King Albert II's abdication, Prince Philippe was sworn in as King of the Belgians.

Queen Fabiola  (lady with pink jacket) died on December 5, 2014.

Stamp:
Princess Eleonore (April 16, 2008)
(Issued 14-03-2014)

From a set of 5 stamps, four showing the children and the fifth stamp depicts a family portrait of King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their four children. Value inside Belgium.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Abkhazia ~ Blue Lake ~

...A very pretty lake surrounded by mountains coming from a disputed and for me a totally unknown territory....unfortunately without stamps only with cancellation...according to their postal workers, there are no more Abkhazian stamps....  their central postal building has burned down  with all the stamps, postcards... now their internal mail services are operating without stamps (came inside an envelope with Russian stamps) Thanks a lot Irakliy for this great and special postcard!!

Abkhazia is a region on the eastern coast of the Black Sea and the south-western flank of the Caucasus whose status is disputed. It considers itself an independent state (the Republic of Abkhazia), but this is recognised only by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, South Ossetia and Transnistria, the last two of which are themselves in a situation similar to Abkhazia. The Georgian government and most of the world consider Abkhazia part of Georgia's territory.

In the Abkhazian language, Abkhazia is Apsny, meaning Land of the Soul.

From backside postcard: "Blue lake - karstic pond located on 13th kilometer of road to Ritsa"
The Blue Lake formed by the foot of the Tskhyn Mountain at 100 meters above sea level. It is a karst well with exceptionally clear water that is a bright light blue in color. The water level in the lake is stable; excess water runs down the stones into Bzyb River.





Friday, March 11, 2016

USA ~Molokini crater - Maui ~

...Fantastic view of a crescent shaped island...clear, aqua-blue water..... an ocean paradise... some of the clearest water for snorkeling anywhere in the world...it is a marine sanctuary below water and a bird sanctuary above water...do I have to say more??? This is for sure a "dream" location ✈...Thanks a lot Rafal!!
Photo: Ron Dahlquist

Molokini is one of only three volcanic calderas in the world. Located just a few miles of Maui's rugged Makena coast, it is Hawaii’s only island marine sanctuary. Scientists believe Molokini Crater formed about 150 thousand years ago.

This small  island  can only be accessed by tour boat. According to the Hawaii Snorkeling Guide, Molokini is said to have some of the clearest water in all of Hawaii with visibility depths of up to 200 feet. Molokini is a state-protected animal sanctuary and no fishing is allowed.

Stamps:

United States Coast Guard
(Issued 04-08-2015)
Vintage Flowers
(Issued 14-02-2015)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

SRI LANKA ~Kandy - Sri Dalada Perahera ~

...A unique symbol of Sri Lanka......magnificent elephant covered in lights carries the Golden Casket of what Buddhists believe is Buddha's tooth...with lovely matching elephant stamp... Many Thanks Ravindra!!

This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.

The Dalada Perahera is believed to have begun when the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka from India during the 4th Century AD. King Kithsirimewan built a beautiful palace to enshrine the Tooth relic and began the annual perahera (procession) in honour of it.

The procession consists of many traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances, in addition to the elephants who are usually adorned with lavish garments.

Stamp:

Kumana national Park
 (Issued 26-01-2016)